Key Lime Cake Recipe

Jean Teller shares reader favorites like this Key Lime Cake recipe, ideal for special occasions or dessert at home.

Reader favorite desserts include this Key Lime Cake recipe.

Reader favorite desserts include this Key Lime Cake recipe.

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Learn how to make this Key Lime Cake recipe, a reader favorite dessert.

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Janet McRoberts, of Lexington, Kentucky, asked for a key lime cake recipe, preferably one that starts with a cake mix.

Rachel Wooden, of Perry, Georgia, sent this recipe. "Cooking competitions in our area attract many contestants. Our local newspaper prints a supplement called 'Blue Ribbon Winners and Some That Should Have Been.' That's where this recipe came from."

Key Lime Cake Recipe

1 box lemon cake mix
1 package (6 ounces) lime gelatin
3/4 cup orange juice
5 eggs
1 1/3 cups oil

Icing:
1/2 stick margarine
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 box (1 pound) confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Chopped pecans, optional

Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour three 9-inch layer pans or a 9-by-11-inch baking dish; set aside.

In large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add orange juice and mix thoroughly. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add oil and stir in thoroughly.

Pour mixture into prepared pans. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until done. Let layers cool before icing.

For icing, cream together margarine, cream cheese and sugar. Add vanilla. Spread icing on each layer and top with pecans.