Before we discuss this light, refreshing, sweet-yet-tart, and totally delicious Key Lime Cake, a little background first… when I was growing up, I remember my Aunt Sandie bringing a Lemon Jello Cake to family picnics and get-togethers. I always thought it was a recipe of her own that she’d found or that was given to her by someone. Turns out, that someone was my Grandma. A few years ago when I was rifling through all my Grandma’s recipe books, I discovered it among her recipes and realized that it actually originated from her. After thinking about it, I did remember my Grandma making the Lemon Jello Cake on occasion too, but in recent years, it was mostly my Aunt. Either way, it decidedly gets classified as an official “family recipe.” Like many other recipes that I’ve shared, I believe this one is quite old. I’m pretty sure it’s been around for a long, long time, and it certainly didn’t originate with my clan of relatives. That said, this recipe is still kicking for good reason. It’s just plain delicious. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve put a lime twist on it. If you consider yourself a fan of key lime, you’ll quite dig the result. Read on…
Enjoying this cake as a little kid, it made quite an impression on me. It’s sweet, but tart and tangy, and it’s ridiculously moist. It’s still a favorite to this day. Because, as I probably don’t need to explain again, I loooove lemon stuff. Always and forever. But to mix things up a little and to make this dessert for St. Patrick’s Day, I swapped citruses and went with key lime. I know I say this with every. single. dessert, but I adore key lime. It’s in my top 10 favorite dessert flavors, at least. Maybe top 5. Okay, okay. I’ll try to stop saying every single thing is my favorite, but the truth is, I’ve rarely met a dessert I’d turn away and I sorta love all things sugar-based. Soooooo… yeah… I don’t really discriminate much. It’s hard to not have lots of favorites when you bake as much as I do! But, truly, key lime is a top fave. Anyhoo… back to this cake. Going with lime is as perfect as lemon. It’s sweet, but tart and tangy, still ridiculously moist, and totally drenched in a lime glaze. Love key lime, love sweet + tart, love it all around. Plus, it’s quick and easy.
Try it and let me know what you think! Happy St. Patrick’s Day, dear readers!
Key Lime Cake with Limeade Glaze Recipe:
1 – 3oz. box lime jello
3/4 c. cold water
1 box key lime cake mix
3/4 c. vegetable oil
2 c. powdered sugar
juice of 3 key limes or 1 – 6oz. can frozen limeade concentrate
In a large mixing bowl, combine jello, cold water, and eggs. Beat for 2 minutes. Add in lime cake mix and oil. Beat for 1 minute. Pour into a lightly greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. While cake is baking, prepare glaze. In a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and juice. Immediately upon removing cake from oven, while it is still hot, prick cake with a long tine fork all over. Drizzle the glaze evenly over the cake. Serve hot or cold.