Tricia’s Lime Cake

by Tricia H on March 24, 2011

Any cake with more than two layers is a special celebratory cake in my cookbook. A spring green cake even more so.

At the first sign of brilliant blue skies, I start to think of making my Aunt Kathy’s Lime Cake. Will it be for Easter, Mother’s Day, a birthday or a bridesmaids luncheon? All of the above.

The inside of the cake gets its spring green color from a box of lime jello. Plus, the icing calls for three tablespoons of lime juice.

Aunt Kathy’s Lime Cake

Cake

  • 1 box Duncan Hines lemon cake mix
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 3/4 cup Wesson oil
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 small box instant lime jello

Frosting

  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 Tablespoons lime juice

Spray three (3) 8- or 9-inch cake pans with non-stick spray. Preheat oven according to instructions on cake box (350 degrees). Mix all cake ingredients together in stand mixer on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes. Bake according to box instructions. Mine turned out well in 350 oven for 31 minutes.

Frosting: For the frosting, mix all together until smooth. Note: The frosting makes just enough for a thin layer – so don’t use up too much between the layers.

Cooking with Kids: Of course, when I made this, it became a cooking fun session. We keep a lemon supreme cake mix and a box of lime jello in the Cook Box. Plus, we didn’t have cooking spray on hand, so we did it the butter and flour way. The girls had fun greasing and flouring the pans! I think the cake layers came out of the pan easier.

And little hands really enjoyed squeezing the lime!

Make it pretty: Now this cake is so delicious it really doesn’t matter what it looks like. But you can dress it up a bit. When the girls and I made this we added a few pansies to the side and top.

But it is also pretty with Cadbury mini eggs on individual slices. Really, it is a treat no matter how it is presented.

Refrigerate cake until ready to serve. (Yes, I meant to tell you that first. I had to rearrange the fridge to be sure to have room).

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I’ve written down each time I’ve made this cake. It’s a scrapbook of celebrations! Another recipe from that red and white checked cookbook.

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Phyllis at All Things Beautiful March 24, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Oh, that looks SO good! I love lime. It is such a lovely idea to write down each time you use a family favorite recipe to catalogue all the good times.

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Alli March 24, 2011 at 7:36 pm

YUM! It just speaks “Spring!” to me. I’m sure it will be on one of my lists of things to make soon.

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Food on the Table March 25, 2011 at 10:05 am

Ah! What a creative twist on one of my family’s favorite desserts, key lime pie. The recipe looks very kid (and adult!) friendly. Thanks for sharing this!

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Natalie March 25, 2011 at 10:46 am

Wow, that looks delicious! I think I found my Easter cake!

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Elizabeth March 31, 2011 at 11:37 am

I made this last night for my Ladies’ Bible Study and everybody raved over it! I added some green food coloring to the icing and then put some whole and chopped Cadbury mini eggs on top. It turned out so pretty! I was also thinking that this cake could easily be changed up a bit if you used Cherry or Strawberry Jello. Then it would taste like a Cherry or Strawberry Limeade. Will definitely be making this again!

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Tricia September 30, 2011 at 9:27 am

I’m putting this in the oven this morning for a cousin’s wedding this weekend! Enjoyed revisiting all your comments. Elizabeth – your variation sounds delicious and beautiful. So glad all your Bible study ladies enjoyed it!

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Dee October 17, 2011 at 8:32 am

This is my always go to take.It is now late October and this is my sons’ favorite cake,no matter what the occasion,He will be 44 Oct.19th and as we speak I am baking him this delicious cake, where have all the years gone? Dee

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Tricia October 17, 2011 at 8:35 am

Dee… it goes at an incredible speed! I’m honored you count my lime cake as your ‘go to’ cake. Happy Birthday to your son! Thank you for stopping back by ~Tricia

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