Scratch Made Key Lime Pound Cake Recipe with Key Lime Glaze

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Scratch made Key Lime Pound Cake Recipe with Key Lime Glaze is a wonderfully tart and sweet pound cake. It’s moist with a fine crumb and dense texture characteristic of pound cakes. It’s a delicious twist to a traditional Southern pound cake recipe. This is the perfect cake for spring and summer!

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Scratch made Key Lime Pound Cake Recipe with Key Lime Glaze - A sweet, moist, dense key lime pound cake drizzled with a tart key lime glaze.

Scratch Made Key Lime Pound Cake Recipe with Key Lime Glaze

Nothing beats the rich, buttery flavor of a homemade pound cake and Scratch Made Key Lime Pound Cake Recipe with Key Lime Glaze is no exception. Give your traditional pound cake recipe a break and try this one. It’s full of bright citrus flavor that you’re sure to love. One bite and you’ll be reminded of that favorite beach destination!

Until now, I’ve made somewhat traditional Pound Cake recipes in my series for testing Pound Cakes. (You can get every pound cake reicpe here.) I shared Whipping Cream Pound CakeCream Cheese Pound Cake, and Sour Cream Pound Cake. Today I’m sharing a unique, but equally as good pound cake.

Scratch made Key Lime Pound Cake Recipe with Key Lime Glaze - This easy pound cake recipe is filled with the bold, citrus taste of key limes!


  1. When it comes to measuring flour, a cup is not always a cup. Sifting is a must. Please read this post on how to correctly measure flour.
  2. This pound cake is dense and moist. The batter is thick and it takes a long time to bake. I baked it at 325 degrees F for 1 hour and 30 minutes. That low, slow baking makes this pound cake ‘crusty’ on the outside and with a soft, tender texture and small crumb inside. You’ll be tempted to take the cake out at 1 hour and 15 minutes because the outside is golden brown. Do not. Test it carefully (without moving the cake too much) with a small, long wooden skewer. The cake is done with no crumbs or dry crumbs are on the skewer.
  3. It takes a little patience to make. You’ll need to cream the butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy. This is a must.
  4. Also, add the eggs one at a time. You may want to dump them all in at once but resist the urge.
  5. Finally, allow the cake to cool at least 20 to 30 minutes in the pan before inverting it onto a platter.

Scratch-made Key Lime Pound Cake

Scratch-made Key Lime Pound Cake Recipe with Key Lime Glaze - zesty key lime pairs nicely with the sweetness of this pound cake.

How do you make a pound cake?

  1. One of the most important tips is to Calibrate your oven.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. The color will a pale yellow. You must use real butter. Margarine will not have the same results.
  3. Next, mix in the room temperature eggs one at a time until they disappear into the batter.
  4. The next step is to add the room temperature milk alternately with the flour until mixed together and smooth. Room temperature ingredients are a must for a fluffy cake.
  5. Pour the batter into a well greased baking pan and bake until cooked through.

Scratch-made Key Lime Pound Cake Recipe with Key Lime Glaze is light, tender, buttery and delicious!

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Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary based on products used.

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Scratch-made Key Lime Pound Cake Recipe with Key Lime Glaze

Scratch Made Key Lime Pound Cake Recipe with Key Lime Glaze

Scratch Made Key Lime Pound Cake Recipe with Key Lime Glaze is a bright and moist pound cake that is sure to please your palate. Full of flavor, this dessert is great for entertaining.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
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  • 1 cup butter at room temperature no substitutions
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs at room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour sifted (read my tips on how to correctly measure flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk 1% or 2% may be used, but cake will not be as rich
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon Key lime zest regular limes can be used
  • 1/3 cup fresh Key lime juice regular limes can be used


  • 1 and 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar sift before measuring
  • 3 tablespoons fresh Key lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Grease and flour a 10-inch (12 cup) tube or bundt pan.
  • Cream butter and shortening at medium speed with a heavy-duty mixer.
  • Gradually add sugar, beating at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Beat just until blended after each addition.
  • Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with milk. Begin and end with flour mixture.
  • Beat at low speed until just blended after each addition.
  • Stir in vanilla, lime zest, and lime juice.
  • Spoon batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Test doneness by inserting a long wooden pick or skewer into the center of cake. The cake is done when the skewer comes out clean or with dry crumbs.
  • Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 25 to 30 minutes before inverting onto a serving tray to cool completely.
  • While cake is cooling on tray, prepare glaze. Mix glaze ingredients together with a whisk and drizzle over cake.
  • Store on countertop for 3 days or in refrigerator up to 7 days.


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Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 112mg | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 625IU | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1.9mg
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  1. Do you use salted or unsalted butter in this recipe?
    Also are you aware this same exact recipe was given a blue ribbon on the “Just a Pinch” website? Who does this recipe belong to?

  2. Hi Paula,
    This recipe sounds so good. Can I use Crisco butter flavor for the shortening? Also can I use Butter milk instead of regular milk? I wanted to make this cake now. Thank you.

    1. I would be hesitant to use butter flavored Crisco as it might alter the lime flavor. You can use buttermilk.

  3. Where is your reply? Sorry I can’t find it.
    Dying to go to the store to get ingredients for this!
    I have a dozen duck eggs that I am going to use in as many of your recipes as I can!

  4. What kind of shortening do you use? I can’t find a comment about that anywhere. I am assuming you mean Crisco vegetable shortening, regular kind without butter flavor. Is that right? Also, can you use cake flour that is already sifted? Or just cake flour and then sift it?
    Or if not, what is your preference on flour? King Arthur? Gold Medal?
    Thank you,

    1. Yes, Crisco vegetable shortening, plain. I use all-purpose flour – sift then measure. I have never made a pound cake with cake flour, but have read that you can and it turns out good. I would sift then measure it as well.

      I use Gold Medal or White Lily flour. I really prefer White Lily, but sometimes my store is out or my son gets the wrong kind 😉

  5. I noticed in your comments about “how to make a pound cake” it says to add “room temperature whipping cream” but in the recipe it says whole milk. Which is it? I’ve got my ingredients put to make this Key Lime Pound Cake For Cinco De Mayo at my church tomorrow night.

      1. Hi Paula, this Key Lime Pound Cake, can it be baked in a loaf or sheet?

  6. I want to make and mail this cake to my daughter for her birthday. She loves key lime and this is the first year she can’t come home for her birthday. Would you recommend glazing it before nailing or putting the glaze in a container for her to apply after she gets it? I can send it priority mail. Thanks for the advice.

    1. Yes, you can freeze with or without the glaze but I would add the glaze after I thawed it if you’re freezing the entire cake.

  7. 5 stars
    This Key Lime Pound Cake taste so good. I’ve tried a different recipe before but did not taste as good as this recipe so this one is a keeper.

  8. The recipe sounds great. Can green food coloring be added to the recipe? If so, how much?

    1. It can. The egg yolks may change the green coloring slightly. Try a few drops at a time until you get the color you want.

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