Tricia’s Lime Cake

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.

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Lime Cake

Yield – 12 servings

Preparation Time – 25 minutes

Cooking Time – 30 minutes



  • 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


  • 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.

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.

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  1. Elizabeth says

    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!

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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

    • says

      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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  5. Dee says

    since I first discovered this cake on your website I have made this for every special occasion.. It is gone within a few hours.. next occasion is my sons’ 47th birthday 10-19 He asked for this as his birthday cake.. we all love this so much thank you for this recipe Tricia

    • says

      Dee! That is wonderful to hear – this is also our celebratory cake. Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know – and happy birthday to your son!


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