Key Lime Cream Cake

Key Lime Cream Cake

I made this Key Lime Cream Cake to go along with a fun handbag giveaway for today.

If you’ve followed the blog for a while you may remember this Red Velvet Clutch or this Buttercream Bag from a while ago. I know – handbags are kind of weird to show on a baking site, but not when the theme is cake and when the bag colors come in fun flavors like Key Lime Cream. Umm… yes please. The bags are from the Petunia Pickle Bottom line called … Cake. And I’ve been enamored with them for a while now. They are actually fashionably disguised diaper bags. But you can totally rock them without having to carry diapers around all day to justify wearing one. They are definitely too pretty for just one purpose.

I’ll show you in a minute. But first… a little Key Lime Cream Cake.

Key Lime Cream Cake

Decorated with swirls of whipped cream and graham cracker crumbs. Yum!

Key Lime Cream Cake

And four layers of key lime cake. Four uneven layers that I could have split better. But that’s okay. Still good.


Here’s the recipe or if you are more interested in the giveaway, just keep scrolling.

Key Lime Cream Cake

Key Lime Cream Cake

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes



  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup key lime juice
  • 3/4 cup sour cream


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 - 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2 - 16 oz boxes confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup key lime juice (optional)
  • green food coloring (optional for color)

Whipped Cream

  • 16 oz. heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. For cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8-inch cake pans.
  2. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into mixer. Add eggs, oil and lime juice. Beat until smooth. Add sour cream and beat until smooth.
  3. Pour into prepared pans and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool and frost.
  4. For frosting: Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in vanilla. For really creamy frosting, mix in 1/4 cup of key lime juice. You can also leave it out or add more confectioners sugar to make it thicker. Add a small amount of green food color if you'd like the frosting tinted.
  5. For Whipped cream: Chill metal bowl and beaters in freezer for about 20 minutes. When ready to whip, add ingredients to the bowl and beat until stiff peaks form.
  6. Divide cake into four layers and frost. Pipe top with whipped cream or add crushed graham crackers to the side of the cake if desired. Refrigerate.

Key Lime Cream Cake Purse

Hey there! Want to know more about the giveaway. Well, here’s the bag in Key Lime Cream Cake. It’s made of cut velvet and comes with straps to carry several ways. Pretty handy. Oh and it has a separate little clutch, too. Check out this post on the red velvet bag I gave away a while back – it really shows off some of the details. The custom stamped name and zipper pulls are enough to make you swoon. And for more info on the bags from Petunia Pickle Bottom, click here.

Want one? Want to pick your own flavor?

Enter for a chance to win a $325 Petunia Pickle Bottom Society Satchel Cake Bag.

  • To enter, just leave a comment on the blog and tell me which one of the flavors below that you’d like to win. Easy enough.
  • Deadline to enter is Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 7 pm ET. Sorry, TIME’S UP! Winner announced below.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Tuesday evening.

Disclosure stuff: Handbag is courtesy of Petunia Pickle Bottom and giveaway is sponsored by me because I like these bags.



Good luck!


Okay, we have a winner. Yay! And I thought for sure it would be someone that picked Black Forest Cake based on all of the responses.


Congratulations Jamie! I hope you love your plum tart cake bag!

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4,990 comments on “Key Lime Cream Cake”

  1. Key Lime, just fresh!

  2. The Black Forest Cake is gorgeous! And your key lime cream cake sounds delicious. I can’t wait to make it myself! ^^

  3. I’d love the Berry Chiffon Cake one!

  4. Plum tart :-)

  5. I would pick Berry Chiffon for both the purse and a cake flavor

  6. Berry chiffon! But they are all so beautiful!

  7. Plum tart is very pretty! But i would be happy with any one of them should i win :-) *crossing fingers*

  8. Cute, I like the plum tart best!

  9. Back forest looks so elegant!!

  10. plum tart cake please.

  11. Love, LOVE them all, but I need a little lime in my life right now. Love the Key Lime. Or them all.

  12. Plum Tart and Black Forest are the two that match my wardrobe (or what I call a wardrobe) the best. But how could you chose, they’re all so awesome!

  13. YUMMM!!! Looks amazing!

    The Black Forest Bag is my fave!!

  14. OH FUN!! I love Petunia bags!! The cake looks divine too..almost as divine as the black forest or key lime bag!! :)

  15. they look so soft. i just want to reach my hand through the monitor and touch it, haha. >.< hard choice but i think itd have to be the berry chiffon! i love pink and grey together.

  16. Love the Black Forrest Cake. :)

  17. Plum Tart

  18. Plum tart is pretty! But any one of them would be great should i win :-) *crossing fingers*

  19. i love key lime pies, and the key lime cake and bag both look divine!

  20. Black Forest Cake all the way!

  21. I’m in love with your Key Lime Cream Cake bag!!

  22. I LOVE the Berry Chiffon! It is gorgeous!

  23. Looks yammy…… I’ll make it 4 shabbat (saturday) . Thank you. I follow your post here in Israel…. By the way, I love the key lime…

  24. I love black forest! I made a black forest cake for my grandpa’s birthday before he passed away earlier this year. It was his favorite! <3

  25. Berry Chiffon Cake!!! =)

  26. I love your cake recipe! I will have to try it. I have made your Panda cupcakes a few times, to rave reviews!! These bags are all so cute! If choosing by flavor, it would be the Berry all the way. By practical color choice? The Black Forest would be my choice. Heck, I’d be happy with any of them.

  27. The Black Forest Cake bag, definitely! One of my favorite flavors.

  28. I would love the berry chiffon! I am pregnant and would just die to have one of these fab bags either way :) thank you!

  29. Key Lime!!

  30. Black forest cake!

  31. I am going to be a new grandma soon and the baby’s colors are green and brown, so definitely the Key Lime!

  32. Berry Chiffon Cake!

  33. Plum Tart!

  34. Black forest for me! Yum!!

  35. I just looove t™e berry c™iffon one (and my keyboard its broke) lovely post Bakerella ;)

  36. Key Lime Cream Cake! So Cute!

  37. My favorite is the Black Forest Cake.

  38. Berry Chiffon Cake is my favorite.

  39. LOVE the Berry Chiffon cake. A touch of whimsy, but still able to go with a lot. Now I need to go see what I have in my kitchen for a cake…HA!

  40. Berry Chiffon!

    Can’t wait to make this cake!!!!

  41. I just have to say your Key Lime Cream Cake looks amazing!! I’m sure it tastes amazing too! As for the bags, I’d have to say either the Berry Chiffon Cake or the Black Forest Cake. They are both super cute, I’d be perfectly happy with either one! :)

  42. MMMMMmmmm…they all look so delicious! If I had to choose one it would be the berry chiffon. We are expecting ourf first girl and I’m a sucker for anything pink.

  43. This is why your blog is so great, cake AND bags. The black forest is my favorite, and no one would know I have diapers, wipes and hot wheels cars in there!

  44. I cannot decide but would probably go with the Black Forest. Can we get a cake tutorial for that one too? :)

  45. Ooohh, the plum tart cake!!!!

  46. berry chiffon cake!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. I’m hoping the Key Lime Cream Cake purse is big enough to hide your delicious treat in! Thanks for sharing your recipe!!

  48. Oooo Black Forrest is beautiful but I love berry chiffon and plum tart too :)

  49. I love the plum tart cake!!!

  50. Love the black forest! But then that’s my favorite cake. The key lime also looks divine and the cake looks fab too. Can’t wait to try this taste of summer.

  51. Love the key lime cream cake =) it looks soooooo summery and the cake looks absolutely delicious

  52. I love this bags. I like the berry chiffon cake.

  53. Definitely the black forest cake

  54. Your cake looks delicious and as always BEAUTIFUL! The bags are very nice and it’s hard to decide. I am between the Black Forest cake and the Berry Chiffon cake, but I think I would probably go for the Berry Chiffon cake because pink is my favorite color and I love the pi and gray combination. Thank you for being so generous!

  55. I love them all! But my favorite is the Berry Chiffon Cake!

  56. Sigh.All soooo pretty!But i’d go with Plum Tart.:)

  57. Yummmmmy :) iLike black frost cake

  58. I think the uneven layers make the cake unique and beautiful — it looks very elegant.

    I would LOVE to win the Black Forest Cake bag!! :)

  59. The cake you made looks delicious! My favorite bag is the Berry Chiffon. Super cute!

  60. Delicious!! i like the black forest cake!!!

  61. They’re all so lovely but I do like the berry chiffon!

  62. What a great giveaway! Black forest cake please!!

  63. Black Forrest – sounds yummy :)

  64. They are all absolutely gorgeous, but the Black Forest Cake has my name written all over it!

  65. I can’t decide between the key lime cream cake and the black forest cake. Both look so awesome. Well they all do really.

  66. I”m gonna step way out of my black & white comfort zone and say Plum Tart.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  67. No question – it’s Key Lime for me!

  68. I love the Berry Chiffon Cake bag! They are all gorgeous. Can’t wait to make this cake. Just need to grab some key lime juice.

  69. yum! That cake sounds so so delicious. I’ve been really into key lime stuff recently. I definitely want to try this soon. Now to go find key limes!

    My favorite bag is the Plum Tart Cake bag. Love the color schemes of these bags….very cute.

  70. Oooh! DEFINITELY Plum Tart Cake. Sooo cute!

  71. I’m torn. Black forest would be so much more practical – but to honor the yummy-looking cake, I have to go with Key Lime Cream Cake. It’s more fun anyway ;)

  72. Ahhh! So cute! But I want the Berry Chiffon one :) cake inspired handbags–now that’s genius!

  73. If I have to choose one I would say the Black forest!

  74. berry chiffon cake

  75. I’d love to win the Berry Chiffon Cake bag! The colors look great together!

  76. Key lime cream cake!

  77. Ooh, I love the black forest! What great bags!

  78. Oooh…I’m a classic girl, so I’d go with the Black Forest cake. It’d go with everything!

  79. Oh My!! Berry Chiffon is the cutest! Cantik!

  80. They all look fabulous, but key lime for sure.

  81. I love the Black Forest Cake! So cute!

  82. I love them all, but I think my fave would be the Key Lime Cream Cake!

  83. They’re all gorgeous! I think the Black Forest one is my fave though.

  84. Ooh, I’ve been looking for a key lime cake recipe and this might just have to be the one I try. As for the bags, I think I’d have to go with the Black Forest Cake. I have fond memories of a Black Forest Tort that my mom made as a child. Thanks for having the contest!

  85. I love the Black Forest Cake

  86. Key Lime is my fav. color and flavor!

  87. I would choose the berry chiffon cake bag because pink is the best color ever!

  88. Omg I love them all, but Berry Chiffon Cake is my favorite!!

  89. Black Forest Cake! (And I’m totally going to make that cake of yours…looks amazing!)

  90. I don’t even like pink as a general rule but that Berry Chiffon is adorable!

  91. plum tart!

  92. I would like to win the plum tart cake bag! : )

  93. Cake flavored bags are an easy substitution for gluten-free girls like myself. The berry chiffon looks delicious :)

  94. It’s hard to decide, but I narrowed it down to two which are the black forest cake and the berry chiffon. But I prefer the berry chiffon more :)

  95. They are all very cute. The Black Forest Cake is the one I like the best.

  96. Plum Tart Cake alllllll the way!!!!!! YUM!!! ;)

  97. black forest! yum!

  98. Black Forest for sure! We used to have a bakery called Black Forest Bakery and Cafe. And it would go with everything!

  99. Black forest! So cute

  100. Plum Tart!

  101. I would love to use any of them, but my favorite is the key lime pie.

  102. The Black Forest Cake!

  103. Black Forrest Cake is my favorite.

  104. Looks so good. I’m going to make this tomorrow and eat as mush as I want… ah the joys of being pregnant!!! P.s I love the black forest cake one.

  105. Beautuful! My favorite is the plum tart cake!

  106. Its always so hard to pick just one kind I cake and one color of handbag, but totally craving the berry chiffon!

    But the key lime is also calling my name.

  107. I love them all!!! Key Lime is my favorite!

  108. Black Forest, please:)

  109. Loving the Key Lime Cream Cake!! It’s gorgeous!

  110. Key Lime Cream cake for sure! I can’t wait to try out the recipe too. Thanks for sharing!

  111. If I’m being practical, Black Forest. But I really love the Key Lime Cream!!!

  112. Berry Chiffon Cake!! Woohooo!!

  113. Love the Berry Chiffon!!

  114. Black Forest!

  115. Love the Berry Chiffon!! What fun and beautiful way to carry everything!!!

  116. love the cake recipe and the matching Key Lime bag!!

  117. Plum Tart Cake is adorable. Look the colors.

  118. KEY LIME! I’m always a sucker for citrus. Now I need to make this cake to nip my craving in the bum!

  119. Hard choice, but I think I like Berry Chiffon the best.

  120. Looks amazing!!! I’m going to make this tomorrow and enjoy as much as I please… ah joys of being pregnant!!! P.s I love the black forest cake one!

  121. It is hard to choose but I like the black forest one the best.

  122. love the black forest, but they are all fabulous

  123. Definitely the key lime!

  124. Berry Chiffon Cake!! :)

  125. It’d be a hard choice, but I would need to pick Black Forest.

    Although Plum Tart is gorgeous.

  126. Berry Chiffon Cake I hope to take!!! Love the color combination.

  127. I think I like the Plum Tart the most but the Black Forest would be the most versatile. Drat practicality! ;) Thanks for the chance!

  128. mmmm…they all look yummy! berry chiffon gets my vote :)

  129. By far the Black Forest Cake (to eat also!)

  130. That cake looks so yummy. I would say that I like the plum tart cake bag, but they all look so pretty.

  131. LOVE the Plum Tart Cake! And your Key Lime recipe looks fabulous.

  132. The Key Lime Cream Cake is definitely the yummiest!!! <3

  133. Key lime ll the way! Beautiful as a cake or a purse!

  134. I like them all, but the Plum Tart Cake design is lovely. :). Just like the key lime cream cake! Looks delicious.

  135. The Key Lime cake looks delish and I just may have to make it!!! but the Berry Chiffon Cake handbag wants to come home with me, right away!!!

  136. Love the black forrest!

  137. Black Forest cake for sure…so elegant looking!!

  138. So cute! I’d pick the Key Lime, for sure.

  139. How sweet!! Plum tart cake has to be the cutest!

  140. Oh so retro, LOVE the Key Lime Cream Cake! Totally making your cake too! YUM!

  141. Oh man. They are all GORGEOUS. If pressed, I’d have to pick Black Forest just because I could carry it ALL the time with EVERYTHING

  142. I love them all! especially the Berry Chiffon Cake! :)

  143. I like all of them .. the Berry Chiffon is my favorite.

  144. LOVE those bags! The Plum Tart is my fav…but it wasn’t easy to decide!

  145. Oh the Black Forest Cake for sure!!! Goes with everything just like cake.

  146. Black forest has to be the one for me <3

  147. Black Forest Cake or Plum Cake….probably Plum, since I don’t have enough colour in my wardrobe. I *LOVE* these bags!

  148. You always have the neatest giveaways! And since purses and dessert are two of my favorite things, I totally think they go together.

    If I was forced to choose one I would go with the Plum Tart, but they are all fun!

  149. the berry chiffon cake, no doubt!

  150. They all look yummy… but the Black Forest has my vote. Partially because I like the colour, but I also swoon over a good Black Forest Cake.

  151. That cake looks like the bomb! Nice work! AAAANNNND… I love the Berry Chiffon! Fun giveaway!

  152. Such a tough decision!! I’m between the Plum Tart and the Berry Chiffon… Gah, Berry Chiffon *just* edges out Plum Tart for me, but *barely*!

  153. I love, love, love anything green, so Key Lime cream cake all the way!!

  154. OOOO… I would love the berry chiffon cake bag! SO cute!

  155. Hard decision. l like them all . . . and the cake, too! I’d probably go for the Key Lime.

  156. They are all beautiful, but I think the Plum Tart Cake is my favorite.

  157. Love the berry chiffon!!!

  158. Plum tart sooooo cute.

  159. Yum, yum, yum! I’ll have the Plum Tart Cake please! Ooh, but the Black Forest looks good too. Just like a cake shop, too hard to decide.

  160. I adore anything Key Lime, so I’m bookmarking this as my next cake to make (my beach cake I made tonight split down the middle before I could take a picture). I love them all, but I have to say Plum Tart, which is inspiring me to Google recipes for one since I just bought the loveliest plums tonight at the store. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  161. Oh, I like them all, but I would have to chose Berry Chiffon!

  162. Berry Chiffon for sure!!

  163. Key Lime! They are all sooo cute!

  164. I’d love love love to get the plum tart cake!!! TFS!

  165. Oooh!! I love! Black Forest Cake!

  166. The Plum Tart Cake is the prettiest :)

  167. Ooooo, Black Forest! I actually love black forest cake too.
    I’ve always loved these bags since you first mentioned them but they’re a little out of my price range :c

  168. Plum Tart Cake!!!

  169. Black Forest Cake! Too cute!

  170. Berry chiffon cake or key lime cream cake. Ahh can’t decide, they are all so cute.

  171. I’d love to have the Black Forest Cake bag. My friend is pregnant and was just moaning about how she hated all the diaper bags she was finding. This would be a great baby shower present.

  172. Wow those are really cool!!! Love the Black Forest and Key LIme!!

  173. They all look lovely, but Black Forest Cake is my favorite.

  174. Oohh, I’m torn between berry chiffon and black forest. Since I have to choose only one I’d have to go with black forest. Yum! Btw, the cake looks delicious.

  175. I’m loving the berry chiffon (and the key lime cake. I’ve been craving key lime pie)!

  176. I love them all…but Black Forest if I must choose!

  177. Plum tart! :D

  178. Is “all of them” a valid answer? :) If I HAVE to pick a favorite though, I’m going to go with the beautiful Berry Chiffon!

  179. Ooooooohh! Awesome giveaway! I can’t decide between the Berry and the Plum! They are all gorgeous! Thanks for the contest!

  180. It’s hard to choose, but I think I like the plum tart cake bag the best!

  181. Black forest is my favorite as well. Gorgeous!

  182. Cute bags…my favorite is the black forest cake one!

  183. I’m torn between the berry chiffon cake and the black forest cake! Oh, and I’d also like a bite of your key lime cream cake. Yum!

  184. I love the plum tart color~~!!

  185. Can’t decide between the key lime and black forest. Thanks!!

  186. Everything about this post is making my mouth water! I am making that cake tomorrow! – the Red Velvet bag was to die for but now I think I am lusting after the Black Forest!!

  187. Mmm Berry Chiffon! And maybe a side of the actual Key Lime cake – MMMM!!!

  188. all of them look delicious, but i’d love the black forest cake! :D

  189. Ooh..Black forest. Or key lime. Or black forest. No, Key lime.

  190. Berry Chiffon is beautiful!

  191. This cake is gorgeous!

    I love the black forest cake bag!

  192. Either Berry Chiffon or the Key Lime Cream, Heck their all so yummy looking :)

  193. Amazing!
    my favourite is the Plum Tart Cake

  194. Yum!! My favorite is the Black Forest.

  195. They’re all pretty, but I’d probably choose the black forest cake

  196. So hard to choose! They all look absolutely scrumptious!
    But if I had to choose it would be…
    Key Lime Cream Cake!!!

  197. I love the Black Forrest Cake!!

  198. Love the berry chiffon cake!!

  199. Looks divine!
    My favorite bag is the Black Forest Cake. Yummmm.

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