Key Lime Cake

Meet Kev’s Mom, Katie…

We’re going to blog about her awesome key lime cake today. It’s soooo good, and we’re excited to share the recipe with you!

Here are the directions, straight from Katie’s kitchen…

For the cakes-

Step 1: Prepare three round 9″ pans by lining the bottoms of each with 9″ circles of wax paper.

Step 2: Grease the wax paper with Pam and then sprinkle with flour.

Step 3: Mix the cake mix, lime jello, oil, eggs, orange juice and water together for 2 to 3 minutes at medium speed.

Step 4: Pour an equal amount of the batter into each of the three lined cake pans.

Step 5: Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

For the glaze-

Step 6: While the cakes are baking, knead two key limes against a hard surface to loosen the juice inside of them.

Step 7: Cut each of the limes in half.

Step 8: Squeeze 1/4 cup of fresh key lime juice into a small bowl.

Step 9: Pour 1/4 cup of bottled lime juice into the bowl of fresh lime juice.

Step 10: Mix in 4 tbsp. of confectioners sugar.

(I love that the confectioners sugar fell into the bowl in the shape of a heart in step 10!)

When the cakes come of out the oven, and while they’re still warm, use a spoon to drizzle the glaze mixture onto the entire surface of each of them.

For the icing-

Step 11: Mix the margarine and cream cheese together.

Step 12: Mix in the remainder of the box of confectioners sugar.

Step 13: Add the vanilla, and mix until it’s smooth.

Step 14: Remove the first cake from its pan, discard the waxpaper on the bottom of it, and spread a layer of icing on the top of it.

Step 15: Remove and stack the second (wax paperless) cake on top of the first one, and spread a layer of icing on the top of it.

Step 16: Remove and stack the third (wax paperless) cake on top of the second one, and spread a layer of icing on the top of it. Use the remaining icing to cover the sides of the cake.

Place the cake in the refrigerator to keep the icing firm.

Optional Refrigeration Instructions: Immediately cut and serve up several large pieces to your famished family.

So there ya have it- Katie’s Key Lime Cake recipe! If you decide to make one, let us know what you think of it…

…and if you have any questions about the recipe (or would just like to say hello to Katie!) please feel free to leave her a comment on this post!

She’s an absolute sweetheart and I look very forward to sampling the next neat thing she cooks up!

Key Lime Cake


  • 1 box of lemon cake mix
  • 1 - 3 oz. box of lime jello
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1 box confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup of key lime juice (bottled)
  • 1/4 cup of key lime juice (fresh)
  • 8 oz. of cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 stick of margarine (softened)
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla flavoring


  1. Step 1: Prepare three round 9" pans by lining the bottoms of each with 9" circles of wax paper.
  2. Step 2: Grease the wax paper with Pam and then sprinkle with flour.
  3. Step 3: Mix the cake mix, lime jello, oil, eggs, orange juice and water together for 2 to 3 minutes at medium speed.
  4. Step 4: Pour an equal amount of the batter into each of the three lined cake pans.
  5. Step 5: Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
  6. For the glaze-
  7. Step 6: While the cakes are baking, knead two key limes against a hard surface to loosen the juice inside of them.
  8. Step 7: Cut each of the limes in half.
  9. Step 8: Squeeze 1/4 cup of fresh key lime juice into a small bowl.
  10. Step 9: Pour 1/4 cup of bottled lime juice into the bowl of fresh lime juice.
  11. Step 10: Mix in 4 tbsp. of confectioners sugar.
  12. When the cakes come of out the oven, and while they're still warm, use a spoon to drizzle the glaze mixture onto the entire surface of each of them.
  13. When the cakes come of out the oven, and while they're still warm, use a spoon to drizzle the glaze mixture onto the entire surface of each of them.
  14. Step 11: Mix the margarine and cream cheese together.
  15. Step 12: Mix in the remainder of the box of confectioners sugar.
  16. Step 13: Add the vanilla, and mix until smooth.
  17. Step 14: Remove the first cake from its pan, discard the waxpaper on the bottom of it, and spread a layer of icing on the top of it.
  18. Step 15: Remove and stack the second (wax paperless) cake on top of the first one, and spread a layer of icing on the top of it.
  19. Step 16: Remove and stack the third (wax paperless) cake on top of the second one, and spread a layer of icing on the top of it. Use the remaining icing to cover the sides of the cake.
  20. Place the cake in the refrigerator to keep the icing firm.

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    • Layla says

      Hey Amalia!

      Just click on the Farmhouse Wares button in our sidebar and search for “cake stand”. You’ll find it there! :-)

  1. says

    OMG! It looks DIVINE!!! And how sweet is Kevin mother for sharing this with us, eh?

    Please, thank her for me! I will try making it with my kids!

    Have a wonderful and blessed week!


    Luciane at

    • Katie says


      Thanks for your comment! You will have fun making the cake with your kids. I enjoy baking with my grandkids!


    • Katie says

      Kristin, I was happy to share the recipe. It is now a favorite of my family. Thanks for your comment!

  2. says

    Ooh, this looks delish! I read this just in time- I’m going grocery shopping in a bit and today my twins are turning two. I’m going to try these out as cupcakes…any tips?

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Layla says

      Hey Silvia!

      Just spoke with Katie, she said she’s never made them into cupcakes before, but that you could probably just fill up your cupcake molds about 3/4 of the way full and follow the rest of the steps as listed.
      You may want to keep an eye on them while baking though, in case they need less time in the oven.


  3. says

    Such a great post! And I know that cake is wonderful because my mom and I have been making it for years…it’s sooo yummy. So sweet of her to model for you guys.


  4. anemone says

    Screaming Meme: I was thinking of trying a GF version! But I don’t know of any Lemon GF cake mixes. What’s your plan?

    This looks so fabulous I’d almost be tempted to eat it non-GF.

    • Mary says

      I found a few different gluten free lemon cake mixes on amazon, “Cause You’re Special” and “Authentic Foods” . I will check out my local GF store first though. This cake looks amazing!

    • Katie says

      From one Katie to another, I hope you will enjoy the cake as much as my family does. I enjoyed making it!

  5. says

    I WILL be making this immediately! Some friends of mine got me a key lime cake on my 21st birthday and nothing has come close to beating the taste! Hopefully this will make the “cut” and I can make it whenever I want!

  6. says

    Katie, so sweet and gracious of you to share this fresh summer delight! The photo story is fabulous! So big time magazine worthy!! We were just invited to an outdoor fun party next month and now I KNOW what I’ll be making to share. Thanks bunches!

    • Katie says

      Laurie-Jean, thanks for your comments! I really enjoyed making the cake and having Kevin and Layla share it on their blog. I feel like they have given me my fifteen minutes of fame!

  7. sarita says

    Hi Katie..what a lovely lady you are..thank you for sharing your delish cake! key lime ANYTHING is yummy.

    • Katie says

      Sarita, thanks for your kind remark. I enjoyed sharing the recipe. Hope you enjoy the cake as much as my family does!

  8. Jennifer Fischer says

    As I was reading I said out loud, “that looks delish. AND I want the cake stand.” Then I kept reading and you mentioned where to find it! I can’t wait to make this for my hubby who is a Key lime FANATIC. Thanks for sharing!

  9. says

    Key Lime is my favorite ever! I cannot wait to make this. Thanks for sharing. p.s. I wonder if I could susbtitute butter for the margarine….

    • Katie says

      Urban Wife, Yes, you may susbtitute butter for the margarine. It will just make the cake better. I use the Smart Balance 50/50 Butter Blend.

  10. Laura Bervig says

    This post was so precious and Kev’s mom reminds me of my dear “Georgia peach” mother who we lost this past November. The recipe looks delicious, I will be trying it out soon! More importantly, the pictures of this beloved “Gramma” with her adorable grandkids by her side made me smile! Relish each and every opportunity you have together! Thanks for this touching post!

    • Katie says

      Laura Bervig, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother in November. Hope you will enjoy the cake and yes, I do treasure my adorable grandkids. Looking forward to more grandkids if Kevin and Layla work out plans to adopt!

  11. Jackie says

    Oh My Gosh! Kevin your mom is so adorable! :) What a pretty lady she is! That cake of her’s looks so refreshing and delicious. I can’t wait to try it! I think I’m going to try to make a small sheet cake for this weekend, cut it into squares and try fresh whipped cream on top :) mmmmmm! Great pictures by the way!

    • says

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment Jackie! Whipped cream on top sounds amazing!

      P.S. Mom says, “This cake may also be baked in a 9×13 pan at 350 degrees, for 32 to 35 minutes. Just spray the pan with Pam and sprinkle with flour!” :)

  12. says

    OMG. This is going to be my summer go-to recipe. I’ve already decided. It’s only 9:30 in the AM and I could totally go for a slice! (or two, to be honest.)
    Thanks for sharing, Katie!

  13. Tracy Martin says

    I so want to try this. I am not the best baker so I hope that it turns out because it looks delicious!

  14. Gail says

    Wow! That cake looks amazing and so perfect for summer! I’d like to make it right away, but then my husband and I (probably mostly me!) would be eating the whole thing! So….in an effort to maintain my figure I’d better wait for a special occasion. Hello Memorial Day!


  15. Elisa says

    Hi Katie! How lucky are those kids to have you?! Now we can see where Kevin gets his good looks. . .

  16. gina says

    That looks so yummy!! I cannot wait to make it….maybe for this weekend! Layla, you think of everything…as I’m looking at the post I’m thinking how I want a galvanized cake stand and at the end of the post you answer the question of where to find one looming in my head. Thanks!

  17. Kim in MD says

    That is one gorgeous cake! Kevin’s mom Katie is adorable and she is so sweet to share her recipe with us! I can’t wait to make this cake! :-)

    • Katie says

      Kim, thanks for your sweet remark. I was happy to share the recipe. It was fun making the cake while Kevin photographed everything. Hope you enjoy the cake!

  18. says

    Thank you Katie for sharing this wonderful recipe! I think I know what my bday cake will be come June 13! Thank you guys for the great pics and post! So happy to have found TLC:D

    • Katie says

      Thanks Wendy. This makes a wonderful birthday cake. Layla and Kevin both have June birthdays and they will probably get the same cake!

  19. says

    Hi Layla! OMG ~ this looks so delicious!!! I’m ready to head to the kitchen to bake it now, that’s not saying that I’ll actually get that far. Katie looks like the sweetest person every and she’s so pretty too. Please that her for sharing the recipe with all of us. And I have to say you are a wonderful photographer. You’re pictures and the expressions look like they could have come straight out of Cooking with Paula Deen magazine.

    Have a fun and blessed day. Hugs…Tracy :)

    P.S. I too fell in love with the cake stand in the photo. Actually the whole vignette with that darling tablecloth.

    • Katie says

      Thanks,Tracy for your sweet response. I really enjoyed sharing the recipe. Layla and Kevin both are great photographers. Kevin made the photographs for this post while Layla was spray painting my patio furniture. They make a great team and are drealy loved by our entire family.

      • Katie says

        Regarding the comment above, it is not quite correct. Even though Kevin photographed the post, Layla did all of the staging for the photographs and while the cake layers were cooling they both worked on spray painting the patio furniture. We first talked about Layla painting while we worked, but we couldn’t have done the job without her.

  20. says

    First of all, Kev’s mom is so adorable!! Those pictures of her are fantastic! The cake looks pretty yummy, too…but just loving all the pics in your post. :-)

    • Layla says

      Hey Wendy!

      I picked up the vintage tablecloth for seven bucks at Alyssa’s Antiques in Milton, Florida and the glassware belongs to Katie.
      Glad ya liked everything!

  21. Amy Furlong says

    I had a piece of Key Lime Cake for the first time about a year ago at the Fountain City Grill in downtown Prattville and it was DEVINE! I’m so glad to have a recipe! (they also make a melt in your mouth strawberry cake that is pure heavenly!)

  22. pillowville says

    That cake looks sooooooooo yummy. I’m going to be dreaming about it until I can make for a crowd. Movie day with the girls this Thursday perhaps. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!!

  23. Annie says

    Hey Katie,
    That looks delish. I think I will make that for a baby shower I have coming up. How refreshing. Thanks for the great recipe.

    • Katie says

      Annie, this cake would be good for a baby shower. Remember, you can make it in a 9X13 pan. Spray with pam and sprinkle with flour. This way it can be cut in squares and serves much easier. Bake at 350 degrees for 32 to 35 minutes.

  24. Jen says

    That looks amazing!! I’ll have to make that for hubby’s birthday in July. And maybe once or twice before then. :) Thanks for sharing!

  25. says

    That is THE most beautiful cake I’ve ever seen! WOW….thank you for sharing! I’ll have to put in a request for my next birthday with family/friends! :)

  26. Christi says

    Hi Layla! Please say hello to Katie for me. I worked with her several years ago – she did a great job of keeping Dr. Shannon and Ralph lookin’ good! She always shared news of Kevin and his music with us. Hope she is doing well – she looks great, as always! Oh, and the cake looks delish, too!

    • Katie says

      Christi, thanks for your comments. My, it has been a long time! I am doing well and enjoying my two grandkids, the children of our older son, Kerry. It was real neat of Kevin and Layla to do this post about the Key Lime Cake and I really did enjoy making it. Hope you are also doing well!

  27. Cindy says

    Hi Layla, Kevin, and Katie: Stunning…..the photographs, the cake, Kevin’s Mom, the children. The entire post is worthy of being in a magazine. This cake will be on my Memorial Day party menu. (with the weather in MA/NH this cake may be the only sign of sun and warm weather! Thank you for sharing.

    • Katie says

      Cindy, thanks for your kind remarks. I think a lot of Kevin and Layla’s work deserves to be in a magazine. Good luck on your Memorial Day party and I hope the cake will be a big hit. You can call it a ray of sunshine from Alabama.

  28. says

    Okay, YUM! Seriously, I have been searching for a key lime cake recipe, forever! I am making this for sure! Thanks for posting the recipe! What a lovely post. :)

    • Katie says

      Diana, I hope this recipe will measure up to what you were searching for. I enjoyed sharing and hope you enjoy the cake.

  29. says

    I read every one of your posts and hardly comment *shame on me* but today I just had to say what a lovely & beautiful mil you have and how lucky you are…I am taking the time to write this recipe down as key lime pie is one of my favorites and I’ve never known of a key lime cake and this looks so darn good! Thank you for such a cool post.

    • Katie says

      Kathy, thanks for the comment. I hope you will enjoy the cake as much as I enjoyed making it for this post!

  30. says

    Mmmm, I’ve done Key Lime Pie before, but oh my gosh does this look awesome!!! It’s definately a must make for the summer. Kevin’s mom is such a cutie, thanks for sharing!

  31. says

    Yummy! I can’t wait to try this…maybe for my girls last day of school celebration dinner! I also had a smile when I noticed the mixing cup in the picture. My mom has the same one….she has had it since we were small girls (and that has been at least 30 years….). My sister and I love that mixing cup and we fight over who is going to inherit it…lol….

    Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

    • Katie says

      Wende, thanks for the comment. I really enjoyed making the cake. Regarding the mixing cup, I have had mine closer to 40 years. :-)

  32. Jude says

    Katie is so photogenic!!! Did she look this beautiful (and clean) when she was baking, too?? Can”t wait to try the cake soon :-)

    • Katie says

      Jude, thanks for the comment. I will have to admit I did put on a different top and lipstick before the pictures of me were made!

  33. Leslie says

    I can’t wait to try this cake. It looks and sounds fabulous. As I am a new reader to your site, when you post recipes, do you make them easier to print out instead of having to write everything down by hand? (The ingredient list..)

  34. says

    Sweet mama and scrumptious cake. We used to have a key lime tree, how fun is that? I’m saving this recipe for a special occasion, like dinner tonight. I’m not much for waiting for a good thing. I love that it is green inside. Maybe a new tradition for St Paddy’s day! I’m off to find that cake stand on your sidebar. It has my name on it.

    • Katie says

      Thanks for your sweet comment. For St. Paddy’s day you could even make the frosting green with a few drops of green food coloring. :-)

  35. Jennifer says

    Wow! This looks amazing! I wonder, is there anything that could be substituted for the orange juice? I have a child who is horribly allergic to oranges, and although I definately want to try this recipe, it isn’t worth a trip to the E.R. Any suggestions?

    • Katie says

      Jennifer, thanks for your comment. Regarding the orange juice, you may leave it out. Instead of the amount of water listed in the above ingredients, use the amount of water listed on the box of the lemon cake mix. I think most mixes use 1-1/3 cups of water. That is what Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme mix uses. No one will ever know the recipe called for orange juice. I hope you enjoy the cake!

  36. says

    Yum, Katie you can stop by my home anytime. Awesome addition to your wonderful blog. So wish I could join in your fairytale life:)

    • Katie says

      Wendy, thanks for your comment. This was a new experience for me, being staged and photographed, but I enjoyed every minute of it!

  37. says

    I am making this recipe ASAP!! We had white cake with key lime filling at our wedding last spring–our colors were black and white with lime green. Thank you for sharing, and I love these beautiful photographs.

    • Katie says

      Thanks Heather! I was happy to share the recipe. Layla and Kevin always do a wonderful job with the staging and photographs.

    • says

      I just looked it up on wikipedia- wax paper can be used and if fine IF batter completely covers the paper. i.e. don’t use it for cookies. However, parchment paper can always be used in the oven. FYI

  38. Laura says

    Wow, this looks great, and wonderful pictures too! I could practically taste it which means now I have to make it! Thanks for sharing… :)

  39. says

    Hi Katie!
    thank you for sharing your recipe with us. I have to say that even though I don’t have smellivision or taste vision on my laptop, that cakes sure does look like it tastes sinfully DELICIOUS!!

  40. Debbie says

    First of all, I want to say “Hi” to Katie because she looks like an absolutely wonderful lady. Secondly, I will be making this…gluten free though for my daughter…it looks divine!

    Thank you for sharing Katie and her cake! :o)

    • Katie says

      Thanks Debbie for your sweet comment. It was a pleasure to share the cake with Layla’s blog friends. I have had a ball all day!

    • Katie says

      Audra, I really enjoyed sharing the cake recipe. I hope it will be a big hit at your summer bbq’s.

  41. says

    Oooh, I adore Mrs Katie!! I wish my kids would have granny just like Katie, but no, poor kids have no Granny at all…

    I also eish we could get those cake mixes here in Finland, so I could try that out. It looks so delicious, but I guess, I just need to dream of it…!

    • Katie says

      Eeva, thanks so much for your sweet, kind and gracious comment. So sorry you can’t get the cake mix in Finland.

  42. Katherine says

    Hi Katie, What a beautiful cake!! I do have a question. Is there any particular reason to use half fresh lime juice and half bottled juice rather than all fresh juice? All of the women and some of the men in our family have been making my Grandmother’s Key Lime Pie forever. The thought of using anything but fresh lime juice just gives us a case of the vapors. Any thoughts?
    We also LOVE the way a cake comes out of a wax papered pan!

    • Katie says

      Katherine, I am sure fresh lime juice would probably make the cake even better. I am not sure why the recipe calls for half fresh juice and half bottled. It is easier for me to use it that way rather than squeezing all the limes. Don’t break your family tradition. Use all fresh juice. We don’t want anyone getting a case of the vapors!

    • ROXANNE says

      Has anyone tried this recipe using all bottled Key Lime Juice? I’ll have to see how much juice is in a key lime & then try the recipe using bottled Key Lime Juice. I think this sounds soooo good. Can’t wait to have an occasion to make it.

  43. Lynn says

    My addiction to all things key lime began on Marco Island, FL back in the early 70’s. When there were only a handful of 3 story condos on the beach. The grandest day my brother and I could conjure would a full day of shelling and sunburns followed up by beach side crab legs and key lime pie. Saweet! NOW, If only I could get that adorable Katie to hop up to Chicago to bake this amazing cake for my birthday! I’m sure it’s a keeper!

  44. Kim Larson says

    Hi Katie..and Kevin and Layla too!
    This looks AMAZING! I am looking forward to baking this for our annual Memorial Day potluck! How refreshing and sweet! Thanks so much for the recipe! oh, and I think I “need” that galvanized cake stand too! :)

  45. Angela says

    I will definitely make this one! I made the orange cake from your e-zine & the whole family loved it!
    Thanks so much for sharing, not only your fabulous decorating tips, but also delicious recipes…decorating & baking – my two favorite things!!! :)

  46. Angie Meyer says

    It looks wonderful!! I’m definitely making that this coming holiday weekend. Where did you get that awesome cake stand? I want one!

  47. says

    Oh My Goodness, I *LOVE* this post! The subject, the photos and the chef! How wonderful. You’ve documented a little treasure here: a family recipe – with lovely photos, and the shot of the kids with big eyes and hearts popping for Gram’s Lime Cake is a perfect memory in pictures for them when they are the ones cooking for grand kids. How many of us wish we had images like this of cooking with our Moms and Grammas? Awesome idea. And I can’t wait to bake that cake! Thanks to you both.

  48. says

    Key Lime Pie is my favorite dessert….I have a feeling that Key Lime Cake may now be one of my favorites too!! Can’t wait to make it? What if I can’t find Key Limes…do regular limes make that much difference in the recipe? I know that the key limes are much sweeter….

    • Katie says

      Karen, thanks for your comment. I use regular limes in the cake. Have not been able to find Key Limes here.

  49. says

    This cake looks delish; almost as sweet as the lady that baked it! I will tuck the recipe away until our first summer BBQ! Thanks for sharing the love.

    Your Friend,

  50. Jodie says

    Layla and Katie,

    I have been following your blog for quite some time now in beautiful Clovedale, B.C. Canada. You both are beautiful ladies and I love the inspiration on your blog. Just a quick question about your fabulous key lime recipe. How much is in a box of confectioners sugar…..we have 2 sizes of bags here in Canada. Thank you and look forward to reading many more posts!

    • Katie says

      Jodie, thanks for your kind and gracious comment. Regarding the confectioners sugar, the box is a 1 lb box.

  51. says

    What a beautiful cake! And gorgeous pics you took, looks just like a magazine shoot (of course it does!). Katie looks like a sweet Southern Lady (like my mom too!). So photogenic and a great feature for the recipe party. I’ll have to show this one to my mom and we should make it this summer. I love key lime anything!

    • Katie says

      Rhoda, thanks for your kind and gracious comment. If you love key lime anything, I believe you will love this cake!

    • Katie says

      Thanks, Steph, for the “How cute is Katie?” comment. That is so kind of you. That cream cheese frosting is a winner.

  52. Donna says

    That cake sounds amazing, I have never had a key lime cake, would love it! I love the photo’s of Katie, reminds me of my mother, she made me an orange cake for my birthday in May, my fave, but sounds like the key lime might replace it. thanks for sharing!

  53. says

    Thanks so much for sharing the cake recipe. I plan to make it this weekend.
    LOVE your blog site- I go to every day to see what you guys are up to.
    You have inspired me in many ways…including staying at Screened Inn.
    We vacationed in Tybee last summer and staying at Screened Inn. LOVED it!!
    Keep up the great job!

  54. kelliinkc says

    Wow, Katie you are one gorgeous Mom! Your happiness and love shine through those photos. The cake looks yummy. Sounds so perfect for this time of year. Love your site, Layla oh, and Kevin!

  55. says

    Ooooh! That look divine! Moms are just the best, aren’t they!? I think I’ll have to try this for our next potluck at church coming up real soon! Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings to you all!

    • Katie says

      Mary, it was a joy to share the recipe. This would be great for a church potluck. Remember, you could make it in a 9 X 13 pan, cook at 350 for 32 to 35 minutes.

  56. Tina says

    The cake looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing the recipe. It looks like you used regular bottled lime juice and regular fresh limes. I can get bottled key lime juice, but can’t get actual key limes. I suppose it’s ok to just use regular fresh limes?

  57. Ofelia says

    Hi, this recipe sound wonderfull, I woul like to try it, but I can´t find the link to friendly print, where is it?

  58. says

    I am popping over from Rhoda’s recipe party. Hope you enjoy my orange muffins (link #99.)

    Your is just adorable and this cake looks so amazing. Such a pretty color, too.


  59. Elizabeth says

    This looks like a fantastic recipe for cupcakes – would you be willing to share some suggestions in terms of baking time and temperature?
    Thank you!

  60. geri says

    Hi Katie.
    Beautiful mom, beautiful friend, beautiful grandma, beautiful cook.
    I am tossing the scale under the bed to try this delish cake recipe.
    I am going to try it out this holiday weekend.
    I am hoping I can bypass the Tums, which I usually
    have to pass out as after dinner mints cause I am not
    the best cook. hehe
    Have a wonderful holiday also.

  61. says

    Oh my goodness! I’m going to be dreaming about these tonight. And cupcakes…whoever suggested that is a genius. We will be trying these before the end of the week for sure!! Thanks for the suggestion.

  62. Jessica P says

    Looks delicious!! Will definitely have to give a try. Miss Katie is so adorable! Would love to hear more of her recipes.

  63. Angie says

    I am a HUGE fan of Key Lime “anything” . I cannot wait to make this for my family. My husband is gonna have a smile for days. Thank you for sharing.

  64. says

    This looks amazing – key lime pie is my fav pie. I’ll def make this. But I must know where you got the galvanized cake stand!! Oh my! I must have one! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

  65. BethAnn says

    Hi Kev and Layla! Is there any way you can put this recipe into a printable format so I don’t have to print mucho pages and pics? This looks delicious and I hope to try it for our church potluck in a few weeks!

  66. Alicia says

    Katie & Layla,
    The cake looks amazing and delicious! Thank you for posting the recipe and giving us a step by step visual. I have a mother who constantly complains about cooking and forget about baking. So it’s wonderful to be able to gather inspiration from you. What a blessing you must be to your family and those around you. Please keep posting more of your recipes. Thank you for making me smile with your recipe.

    • Katie says

      Alicia, thanks for that kind and gracious comment. My family means everything to me and I do enjoy cooking for them. The fact that I made you smile makes me smile!

  67. Barbi says

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I can’t wait to try it out as cupcakes for our annual summer bbq at work!

  68. says

    Thank you so very much for sharing this Amazing cake recipe! When I saw this post, I knew I had to make this cake, no longer than I thought about who I could make it for and ofcourse enjoy it with, a good friend of mine contacted me after almost a year, and asked if she could come for a visit so our little girls could have a play date, I was so excited and was thrilled to have this cake in the fridge waiting for us to enjoy all together! Let me tell you that we absolutely LOVED it, and I am honestly baking another one this weekend for more company that will be coming for Memorial Day!!!!! Just the perfect cake with the best zesty taste on these hot days here in NC!!!!!! Thanks again, for sharing this recipe!!!!!!!!!!

    Michelle Torres
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  69. says

    Ohhhh, a few more things…. I forgot to mention how Beautiful the table setting was, and how adorable Kevin’s sweet Mother looks too!!!!!! And Layla, so good hearted all the time, outside spray painting her Mother in laws patio furniture! You guys are so special, All of you!!!!! Great Pic’s too Kevin, so clear and very detailed, and believe me right on target, I made this cake today and you didnt miss a beat!!!! Ha ha Thanks you guys!!!!!!

    Mcihelle Torres
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    • Katie says

      Michelle, thanks for your kind and gracious comments. I am so glad all of you enjoyed the cake. Regarding Layla, she is a jewel and is dearly loved by all of our family!

  70. Pam Pike says

    Wow, this looks so good. I’m going to make this weekend for our family get together. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks to Kevin’s mom for sharing. She looks so sweet.

  71. Kathleen says

    Kudos to Katie for such a fun post! I love the knife, no high falootin’ off-set spatula. I have two and can never find them! Layla, I would like to see this as a continuing series- “Katie’s Kitchen” and how about some snickerdoodle baking with those darlin’ grand kids!

  72. angela r j says

    I dare say that Katie looks sweeter and more enjoyable than the cake. Still, I’ll have to try the cake out next week for my daughter’s birthday. Thanks!

    • Katie says

      Angela, thanks for that kind and gracious comment. I am sure the cake will be a big hit for your daughter’s birthday!

  73. Sharron says

    Love the recipe! I haven’t served it yet…I’ll let you now how tomorrows “hen party” goes with the girls!
    Love your site. If I could figure put how to get my camera pics to my email I would send you a pick my presto over!

  74. says

    Thank you for the recipe! I made this today for a family gathering. It was supposed to rain today and I thought this would be a great way to bring a little summer into our day even if the weather failed to cooperate. The cake was perfect! And, so was the weather.

    I have to tell you, my youngest daughter did not like the frosting. She used her fork to eat every bit of the cake and gave the frosting to my husband. He was thrilled!

  75. mimi linna says

    I reposted this on facebook and kiddingly said.. I would make this if I had a oven that worked. /A wonderful friend made it for me and drove two hours to deliver it. She even had to order the key limes since they couldn’t be found where she lives in Nebraska. It was so good!! We now refer to it as the Key Lime Pie Cake.. it is just hard not to say pie after key lime..thank you again for posting the recipe.

  76. says

    please know that I am making this cake this coming weekend and I CAN’T WAIT.

    my mom made a key lime pound cake from southern living while we were home visiting them..actually she made three of a week for every week we were there.

    my thighs are miserable but my heart is happy!!!!!

  77. says

    I have been looking for a good keylime cake recipe forever! One of my favorite little bakeries sells keylime cupcakes and they my favorite!!! Thanks so much for sharing! AND I love the galvanized cake stand!

  78. says

    My husband absolutely loves Key Lime pie, so I thought I’d give this cake recipe a try. Wow! What a hit! I’ll be making this for a friend’s upcoming summer gathering. Thanks for the post!

  79. says

    I have FINALLY printed off this recipe! Can’t wait to make it for my Mr. Mister…he loves key lime and his birthday is right around the corner!

  80. Danita says

    What is the difference between a key lime and a regular lime?? Is that a dumb question, I really want to make this cake for my son this week as a surprise, looks like a yummy cake Thanks for sharing Katie

    • Liz says

      Good question! All my super target had was Persian limes, so I used those! Amazing recipe, I don’t think it would make much of a difference. :)

  81. says

    Off to the store to buy the ingredients for the cake. I love anything made with limes. The pictures are super!!! Wishing all a Happy Birthday!!!!!

  82. Lisa Ann says

    I am making this for my daughters high school graduation dinner. I had trouble copying it for printing. Am I missing the place where you have a printable copy? I just found your site…and I just might be a little inspired….thank you

  83. Anne Moore says

    I made the cake over the weekend and it was fabulous. One comment was “it was the best thing in the world”

  84. Danielle says

    Made this scrumptious dessert for our family picnic on Memorial Day, it was a HUGE hit. We are getting together for Father’s Day tomorrow and all the men in the family requested this cake. Thanks sooo much for sharing, you’re simply the best!!

  85. Kathy says

    Quick question – do you spoon ALL the glaze over the cakes? I did and then had trouble having it stay sturdy enough to 1)get out of the pan, and 2) ice without parts pulling off. Maybe I did something funny, but, BOY does it sure TASTE great!!!

  86. Lisa says

    Just wanted to say I tried this recipe for our recent family reunion and it was a huge hit! The cake was very moist and the frosting was the BEST I’ve ever had. The cream cheese makes it extra creamy and cuts the sugary sweetness a bit. My daughter loved it so much she requested the frosting for her strawberry birthday cupcakes. :-)

  87. says

    I made this cake for Father’s Day… sort of… I grabbed everything I needed from the store except for the lime jello! :( So, I had a box of fat free, sugar free vanilla jello pudding mix in the pantry, and tossed it in place of the jello mix. I used more fresh key limes and even put a teeny tiny, little bit of the rinds in the food processer and tossed a pinch of them in the cake mix. The finished product was awesome! I did not taste a lot of lime, it was definitely a lemon-lime flavor. Can’t wait to try the real thing! Please tell your mother-in law how well it baked, smelled, and tasted! It was such a hit!

    ps… has anyone ever tried this with margartia mix? :)

  88. Deb says

    HI, I made this cake this weekend to take to a 4th of July Church Social and it was the “Belle of the Ball”.

    Thank you for sharing it.

    Deb July 2011

  89. Lisa says

    I tried this recipe yesterday. It was amazing!
    Thank you for posting the recipe, and making it so easy to follow. I’ve never really baked anything before, and it still came out perfect.

  90. Angela B says

    I made this cake for my significant other as he LOVES key lime pie! I served it to him and several of our friends and it was GONE in no time! We were fighting over the last piece! I can’t wait to make it again!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe with the rest of us!!

  91. Kerri says

    I really want to make this for my boyfriends birthday. But I have no idea how much icing sugar is in a box. Here in canada you can buy it in boxes, bags and in bulk! Also, how much margarine is equal to one stick? Cake looks wonderful and can’t wait to try it!!


    • markita says

      I made one for thanks giving. Delicious!!! I have to make 2 for Christmas. The family demands it.

  92. Autumn says

    I absolutely adore this recipe. It was so easy to follow with the numbered steps and pictures! My boyfriend and I just made the cake not even 5 minutes ago and it’s a major hit! Thanks so much for sharing, can’t wait to see what Katie cooks up next!

  93. says

    What a beautiful mother you have. I am saving this recipe to make for the family that I cook for when they return to the mountains of NC for the summer. They simply adore anything made from key limes. Thank you so very much for sharing. Love your site.

  94. says

    oh my heck.
    katie, i love you.
    this looks amazingly delicious AND pretty!
    can’t wait to try this, it’ll be like summer…
    which i need with a blizzard on the way ;-)

    thank y’all! xo

  95. says

    I made this recipe this weekend for a birthday boy whose favorite dessert is key lime pie! I’ve been saving the link for months waiting! He loved the twist on birthday cake, and I loved seeing him happy. Thanks for sharing!

  96. Liz says

    I just made this! As a cupcake! AH MAZE ING!!! I have a syringe I uSed to pump the glaze inside each cupcake, perfect combo of tart and sweet! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing! Will definetly make these again!

  97. Nancy Goodyear says

    I made this cake for tennis today. It was delicious! I used a lighter icing made with cool whip, cream cheese and powdered sugar. Everyone loved it!

  98. Bridget says

    I just wanted to thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. For my daughter’s wedding shower, my sister & I made 3 batches of this recipe into cupcakes but made them lemon (her favorite flavor) instead of Key Lime. They were so delicious that we made another 5 batches for an informal wedding luncheon. One batch of icing was enough for 2 batches of cupcakes & we found that dunking the slightly cooled cupcakes in the lemon juice & icing sugar mixture gave them more of a lemon burst–we had to mix up a bit more but they were so good. I will be making this recipe again & will certainly try it the Key Lime way. Thanks again for sharing,

  99. Courtney says

    I made this Key Lime Cake for a dinner party yesterday and it was a HUGE hit! Thank you so much! It was also pretty easy to make–my three year old helped and had a blast. I’m always looking for some quick, easy, and delicious recipes!

  100. Linda says

    I served this cake today . . . it was a big hit!!! I’d love to have more of Katie’s recipes :-)

  101. Terri says

    I made this for Easter. It was really delicious! Everyone commented on how moist it was. I will be making this again!

  102. jesse says

    I made this cake yesterday and my brother-n-law says he now prefer this cake over the red velvet cake. This cake is awesome and i decorated it with limes

  103. Mandie McK says

    I just found this recipe on Pinterest and would love to try it, but want to make it in two layers instead of three because I only have two 9-in. cake pans. Should I just increase the baking time? Thanks so much–it looks delicious!

  104. Amanda says

    WOW!!! Just made this into CUPAKES and they are AMAZING!!!

    Got 24 and baked for 17 minutes at 350.

    I glazed each cupcake twice because that tart kick is the best! I found it best to use a BBQ brush to put the glaze on the cupcakes.

    Also, the recipe would make to much icing for 24 cupcakes, so I used half the margerine (1/4 cup) and only 2 cups of icing sugar.

    Next time, I might even put some left over glaze in the icing for more tartiness :)

    I had to squeeze 8 key limes to get 1/4 cup, they were really small (1 1/2 inch) not sure if that’s normal for a key lime or not, as I’ve never bought them before.

    Thanks for Sharing! YUMMY!

  105. Lauren says

    Thank You for sharing this recipe Katie! I made it for our Father’s Day lunch and it was a huge hit! Really delicious with just the right amount of sweet and tart. :) I was a little confused when i made the glaze though. I figured it would be a little thicker being a “glaze”. It’s more of a liquid to soak into the cake. Don’t know if I made it wrong or if that’s how it’s supposed to be. Either way It’s a keeper!

  106. Helene says

    That is such an awsome looking cake. I live in Australia and can not get Key Limes. Can I use regular limes? Will in make much of a difference?
    Thanks so much.

  107. Patricia mistretta says

    I just made this recipe as cupcakes and pinned a pic to my pinterest profile. Taking them to work tomorrow. Of course I tried one and it was delish, even without the frosting

  108. Juli says

    I can’t wait to make this cake but I am a little confused. The recipe calls for key limes, which are really tiny. The picture looks like a regular kaffir lime. Does it make a difference?

  109. Ricky Locklear says

    Sorry to let you know — Key limes are yellow! Being the Florida gal that I am is the reason I know this. They are very small compaired to a regular lime. Will try this cake real soon. PS if you are served “Key Lime” pie and it is green – its fake!

  110. lisa ford says

    Made this cake several months ago and i am constantly being asked to make it again. Nicely done Katie.

  111. lisa ford says

    I forgot to mention that i dusted the cake with salted, toasted pecans. It was incredible!!!!

  112. Rachael says

    Oh, and we just used the lime juice and skipped the real limes and they still turned out awesome. I’m sure they may have been better with limes, but if you’re in a pinch you can just use the juice for both parts.

  113. says

    My sister-in-law used your mother’s recipe for the top tier of our wedding cake on October 8, 2011. My husband and I just had the opportunity to devour it this week and it was so good! The glaze on top of the cakes really helped it stay moist an entire year later! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. It was so delicious…I feel a traditional cake coming on. ;)


    PS I posted about it on my blog, too!

  114. Michelle MacNeil says

    Made this last night for today’s St. Patrick’s Day dessert…..very tasty and moist….everyone loved it…….put green food dye in the icing so the green cake was a big hit….Went great with an Irish Coffee!!

  115. says

    I hope someone else hasn’t asked this – didn’t have time to read through all the comments to find out. I dislike margarine, can I use butter instead?

  116. Sandy D says

    This is my 2nd time making this and both times it has been a hit. Everyone comments on how delicious it is. and it was super easy. Thanks for sharing!!!

  117. says

    Just saw this on Pinterest and followed it to your site. What an absolutely beautiful step-by-step recipe. LOVE the “sugar heart” picture..don’t you love “accidental” heart foods!…We love key lime anything so I’ll be making this soon. I’m a VERY visual person, meaning I HAVE to see pictures of what I’m cooking. Your step-by-step is one of the best I’ve seen. Thank you.

  118. Sandy says

    Have made this a couple of times and its always a hit. I also made this at my jobs yearly bake off contests and it won 1st prize. Everyone was raving about it and of course had to share recipe. Thanks!

  119. Mary Katt says

    This cake came out perfect and everyone loved it! I had tried three different recipes for Key Lime cake before finding this one. Thank you so much!

  120. Rebecca says

    My grandfather requested a key lime cake for his 84th birthday dinner. I used this recipe and it was a HUGE hit! Thanks for sharing.

  121. Amber Smith says

    Hi! I don’t think I came back to the site when I made this last year for my grandmother’s birthday. She always makes us homemade birthday cakes and I finally realized that not one of us had made her one (shame on us!) Well, I took a chance on this recipe and it turned out wonderfully! There was barely any cake leftover! Since it’s debut into our family, both my mother and grandmother have made it for themselves! :-) I plan on making this cake again for her! It is soooo delicious! Thanks for this recipe!

  122. Stacie V says

    This has become my husbands favorite cake I make, as well as the rest of his family. I made it for the first time last Easter, and now I’m asked to make it for every family gathering. They think I’m amazing :) Thanks so much for sharing this cake! It is so yummy and really quite fun to make!

  123. Kim B. says

    I am going to make this cake today, but when you print out the recipe from this page, it is missing steps 11-13! Can you update the printed recipe for future cooks? Thanks!

  124. patty says

    I haven’t made the cake yet, but I love lime. I just wanted to say you are adorable!

  125. says

    It may have been said (too many comments to read them all ; ) but you strongly resemble Kevin’s Mom! I had to re-read to make sure you said Kevin’s Mom! Love anything lime. I hope to try this cake soon.

  126. Kay says

    I just made Katie’s Key Lime Cake…mmmmmmmm delicious….husband loved it too..this one is a keeper! thanx for sharing. K

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