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. Not an easy choice…let’s go with the Black Forest!

  2. This cake looks delicious!
    As for the bag, I love them all but, the Berry Chiffon is one I’d like to own the most!

  3. Black Forest Cake

  4. I would go with the Black Forest Cake because it goes with everything! Timeless & Classic :)

  5. berry chiffon!

  6. I love the Berry Chiffon or Black Forest. They are all gorgeous.

  7. plum tart is so cute!

  8. Plum tart is beautiful!

  9. Berry Chiffon!

  10. {LOVE }the black forest, yummy!!!!

  11. Oh my goodness… Black Forest all the way!

  12. I have never tried making a cake from scratch. YOur creative and inspiring blog has inspired me to try it with the pictures from above. I love all the hand bags, they are so cute! I can’t really decide which one to choose. Can you choose for me? If not, I guess I would go with the Key Lime bag since that will be my first cake to make tomorrow with my daughter. Tomorrow is also my liver/kidney transplant anniversary – going on 12 years now and no signs of losing either one- yippee!!!

  13. Plum tart. They are all beautiful though.

  14. Love love them all!! I think berry chiffon is my favorite, followed closely by black forest! I could really go for a piece of that cake as well YUM!

  15. Mmmmmm all so tasty but Berry looks Berry good to me!!!

  16. They are all gorgeous, but the Black Forest Cake is divine!!

  17. Black Forest Cake <3 though all of them are great

  18. OMGee!!! The Berry Chiffon is gorgeous but any of them would make me a happy girl! They are all beautiful!!

  19. Ohhhh! This recipe looks amazing! I love the key lime bag or the plum tart. These are the cutest bags.THANKS

  20. I like the Plum Tart! We are expecting a daughter via adoption sometime later this year, and this would be perfect!

  21. I love the Black Forest !!

  22. I don’t know which I liked better, the bag or the cake! The Berry Chiffon looks yummy but I think I’ll make that cake ASAP.

  23. Berry Chiffon! Love.

  24. Key Lime …. oh yeah. :D

  25. Berry Chiffon is beautiful as is your key lime cake, thinking about making that today as a special Monday treat for my family!! Great stuff thank you!

  26. Mine would be Black Forest cake!

  27. The Berry Chiffon flavor, errr colorway, looks absolutely yummy. As does your cake. Saving that one for a special occasion. Thank you.

  28. They all look nice but I think I’d have to go with either the plum tart or black forest.

  29. Bellissima Berry Chiffon Cake

  30. I love your blog and all th wonderful recipes! The black forest cake bag is beautiful!

  31. I am so excited about this recipe! Thanks, Bakerella! I like the black forest cake, but it’s so hard to choose!

  32. Just discovered your site —— LOVESTRUCK (” ,)……cannot wait to try everything i see…(beeeeg smiles)…berry chifon cake for sure.

  33. Berry Chiffon, please!!!

  34. Ooooo…black forest for me, please!

  35. I love the Black Forest Cake ?

  36. Black Forest is my fav!

  37. Key lime is perfect! love the color combo…

  38. Black Forrest!!!! Yumm-O!!

  39. Can’t wait to make your Key Lime Cream Cake! Looks so yummy. And if I win, I’d take the Berry Chiffon Cake. Thanks!

  40. I have been wanting one of these bags since ages ago when you did the red velvet giveaway! Thank you for another chance to win, Bakerella. I like the Key Lime cake “flavor,” best. :)

  41. Scrumptious key lime cake!!! I will definitely make this wonderful cake this weekend! As for the bag… I prefer the Black Forest Cake bag! Good luck everyone!!!

  42. Plum tart cake is my favorite! I love key line. Now to find an “occasion” to make this for.

  43. Black Forest Cake is divine! So gorgeous!

  44. I really like the Black Forest Cake!

  45. All of the bags are so fun and beautiful, but I think the Berry Chiffon Cake is my favorite!

  46. The Black Forest Cake seems nice.

  47. Those swirls of whipped cream look so perfect! And the Black Forest Cake bag is to die for.

  48. Black Forest Cake looks sweet!

  49. I love these bags- almost like works of art! I love them all but I really love both the Berry Chiffon and Black Forest Cake!

  50. Love the bags! Glad you are felling better!

  51. I’d choose the Plum Tart Cake bag…it’s the summer season and plums are only one of my favorite summer fruits. Nothing like the juice of a ripe, delicious plum running down my chin…and the chins of my children. Yum!

  52. I love the berry chiffon cake bag. And I desperately need a new bag.

  53. Definately the Berry Chiffon Bag!
    Thank you so much BTW for all those wonderful ideas,

  54. Keylime is just perfect!!! Love the color combo!!

  55. Oh, it’s a tie between the Black Forest Cake and Plum Tart Cake… Love them both!

  56. love the berry chiffon cake!

  57. May I please order a Berry Chiffon Cake?! MMMMMmmmmm! Thank you for making my mornings so sweet!!!! Glad you are feeling swell again!

  58. black forest!!! black forest cake!

  59. These bags are so pretty! I think i would choose plum tart. That cake looks delish!

  60. I would be happy with any one of them! They are all very pretty!

  61. I love the Berry Chiffon Cake. Gorgeous calming soft colours, gives me a feeling of warmth and looks so elegant and lady like! Love it!

  62. I love all of the flavors but Berry Chiffon is my favorite..

  63. MMMMM…key lime! The matching bag looks almost as divine as the cake itself. I’d love to have both! :)

  64. I love the black forest and plum tart cake colors best.

  65. This cake look so yum! Its texture is PERFECT! I love the black forest cake bag – but they are all gorgeous!

  66. Since Key Lime ANYTHING is my favorite, I have to choose the beautiful Key Lime bag!

  67. WOW! I’d like to win the Black Forest Cake!

  68. Black Forest….It’s good with everything.

  69. Plum torte cake looks yummy

  70. Loving that cake!! Plum tart, oh please pick me!

  71. My favorite bag is the plum torte. I can’t wait to make the key lime cake, it will be a great summer treat!

  72. The colour of that cake is so nice! Oooh they’re all so pretty! I think Plum Tart Cake is going to have to get my vote!!

  73. I would be happy with ANY of them! CUTE! CUTE! CUTE!

  74. Key Lime Cream Cake one for me! <3

  75. The Plum Tart Cake bag is too gorgeous! The cake looks amazing too :)

  76. Love the Black Forest — thanks for having this contest.

  77. To me the Berry Chiffon bag looks most adorable!

  78. I love the green key lime bag! …and your cake looks yummy too!

  79. Gorgeous bags! Love the berry chiffon! X

  80. Wow aren’t they just awesome! Love the Berry Chiffon! Pretty! Love the cake too! Must eat!

  81. These bags are so cute! If I had to pick one it would be key lime – love it!

  82. Berry Chiffon for me please. They’re just gorgeous!

    I love what you’ve done with the crumbs around the side of the cake. I rarely make your creations as we’re gluten and sugar free here, but I look at your photos for inspiration when I get stuck on a problem when I work.

    Thanks so much for everything you do.

  83. I soooo can not wait to make this cake! The bags are beautiful and my fav is The Black Forest one! Fingers crossed! Good luck everyone!

  84. Key Lime Green please! Yum!!

  85. Definitely the Key Lime Cream Cake, lime green is my absolute favorite color – I go ga-ga over anything that is lime green. I love key limes and I can’t wait to try out the recipe. Thank you!

  86. Uuuuh I love love LOVE the Plumtart Cake! :D

  87. I Love the berry chiffon cake bag! Beautiful :)

  88. Love them!! Black Forest Cake is my fav!!!

  89. The Black Forest Cake bag looks sublime! Love them all, actually :).

  90. Hard to decide for both things. Berry tart sound s good and the Key Lime bag would go well with my wardrobe.

  91. That cake looks amazing! Definitely trying this recipe soon.
    As for the bags, I love the Plum Tart handbag.

  92. I like the colours of the Plum Tart cake best. Although I am left wondering exactly how a plum tart cake would taste.

  93. Cannot wait to make this cake for my grandson. He will love it! As for me the plum tart cake would be the one for me. Thank you:)

  94. I’d choose the key lime cake to eat, but the black forest bag to carry! So pretty.

  95. They are all beautiful, but my favourite is the Berry Chiffon!

  96. OK. I’ve never heard of a plum tart cake. Plums yum.

  97. Hmmmm….that’s a tough choice, but I think I like Black Forest Cake!

  98. Love the Black forest cake!! Beautiful!!

  99. Love the Black forest cake!

  100. I like the Plum Tarte Cake, even though I`m not a fan of plum…

  101. I absolutely love the Key Lime Cream Cake bag — and the recipe for Key Lime Cream Cake too! :)

  102. Key Lime Cake bag is beautiful :)

  103. WOW Key Lime Cake look delish and as for the bags Black Forest followed by the berry chiffon.

  104. My favourite yummy colour is the Plum Tart colour! Hope I win…

  105. Berry Chiffon Cake! OMG!! Yummie!! :)

  106. Black Forest… pretty please… and thank you for such wonderful giveaways!

  107. Wow they are all so lovely, but the Berry Chiffon Cake is super nice!

  108. Black Forrest Cake look yummie :)

  109. I also love the Black Forest Cake. So classy
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  110. Oooh, I love the Black Forest Cake! Black goes with just about everything in my wardrobe :-)

  111. Ow wow I think Key Lime Cream Cake is beautiful. Both the bag and the recipe.

  112. Ooh Berry Chiffon, good enough to eat… and your cake will be being made for my Marie Curie cancer afternoon tea! Thanks for the continued inspiration!!

  113. I love the berry chiffon cake bag. It looks so fun and summery

  114. Oh my, they are all gorgeous, much better than the tatty boring black bag Im dragging round with me.
    My favourites would be berry chiffon and Key Lime but to be honest, I’d love and cherish any of them!

  115. I was born and raised in Fla. and have tasted many a key lime pie recipes, THIS Key Lime Cream cake is MUST try!
    Now for the lovely purse, I like them all, but if I had to choose just one, it has to be Berry Chiffon because I am partial to those cool colors.

  116. I just love love love Berry Chiffon Cake. But how adorrable are all of them?

  117. All of the bags are cute but the Black Forest is my fab. Or the key lime

  118. Black forest cake FTW!

  119. I love Black Forest !!!!!

  120. berry chiffon, delicious :-)

  121. Black forest cake bag! But I’d want to eat key lime cake

  122. Mmm…plum tart cake, of course!

  123. Love them all but the Berry Chiffon is super cute!

  124. That key lime cake looks divine! Perfect for summer! For the bags, I would have to go with Plum Tart Cake. Love the color combo!

  125. Oh..I love them all, but most the Black Forrest Cake!! :)

  126. Key Lime Cream Cake is my favorite!

  127. OMG i love them all but my favorite would be the Black forest cake.

  128. Key Lime Cream Cake!

  129. The cake looks yumm yumm! I can swallow the whole
    I also don’t mind eating the key lime bag too. The color just popped out so much.

  130. Black Forest Cake please.
    Hope all is well and you are enjoying your summer.

  131. oohlala I love the berry chiffon cake bag. Thank you for the opportunity

  132. Definitely the Black Forest Cake! I was happy to give up the diaper bag 10 years ago but its function is definitely missed. It is hard to find a bag that does it all but this one may hit the mark.

  133. The Plum Tart is pure art! I love it!

  134. I love them all…. but especially the Black Forest Cake.

  135. They all look divine but since I am wearing more green lately, I would choose the Key Lime Cream Cake purse. It looks like something straight out of Anne of Green Gables, one of my favorite books!
    The next time I see limes at the market, I’ll pick some up and give this yummy cake a try. It sure sounds like it would hit the spot on a hot summer night.

  136. I love your blog! Plum tart is a pretty color.

  137. Definately the Key Lime Cream Cake.

    These are quite exquisite handbags

  138. Love love love the Key Lime Cake….and the Key Lime Cake bag!

  139. Plum Tart or Berry Chiffon :)

  140. They are all so sweet, literally.
    But the Berry Chiffon Bag is UH-MAZIN!

  141. Love your page and I like plum tart cake the best!

  142. Oh god! It’d have to be Berry Chiffon (despite the fact that I LOVE the Plum Tart). Yummmmm!

    And the cake makes me want to sit and eat a slice with my mom, sipping some chilled cocktails by the oceanside!

  143. Oh! I love the Plum tart Cake!
    I also like the recipe, that exactly what I was looking for!

  144. I love, love, love the Plum Tart Cake Bag!

  145. I like the key lime!

  146. Plum tart cake!! Looks pretty and sounds delicious!!

  147. I’d love to win the Berry Chiffon Cake Handbag

  148. The pictures of the recipe look delicious and so do all the flavors of the bags. I pick the Black Forest cake. The bag will look cute with my (14 weeks old little cupcake) girl Jada.

  149. Ohhh, yummy!!! That Berry Chiffon Cake looks delicious!

  150. black forestttttt cakeee:)

  151. Key Lime! It took me awhile to decide but i love the earth tones in this one. I was just recently hunting a recipe for key lime cake, my mothers fave. Thank you, this one looks perfect!

  152. Mmmmm this looks yummy on both counts. I LOVE the key lime cream cake bag, just gorgeous, it would match a dress I just got for my daughters graduation from UT perfectly! How pretty!

  153. I love them all, I will take what ever I am given! Thank you so much for the cool recipe too!

  154. Key Lime!

  155. They are all so pretty.. but my fav is the plum tart cake!!! soo cute!!

  156. Oh, I love the black Forest Cake!!

  157. Wow! This cake looks insanely delicious and moist! I will be trying this recipe for sure! My favorite flavor bag is the Berry Chiffon Cake:)

  158. I love these bags! Black Forest!

  159. Holy cuteness!! The key lime is screaming my name! Mama needs a new bag!

  160. The plum tart cake would be divine!

  161. Nom! A slice of Berry Chiffon for me please!

  162. I wish we could get key limes where I live. I love limeflavoured food, and that cake looks divine. As for the bag, Berry Chiffon is my thing.

  163. I will go for the Black Forest Cake, and try to make the Lime cake, looks lovely.

  164. Love the PPB bags…always have wanted one….Love the Plum Tart Cake. Frankly, any colour would be awesome!
    Lovin your blog too!

  165. The Plum Tart cake bag has my vote!!

  166. The Berry Chiffon Cake looks the tastey to me….and I am not a fan of pink….but it is an eye catcher for me.
    So happy you are feeling better and back to doing what you love best.

  167. Definately Key Lime!

  168. To eat, I was drooling over the key lime cream cake recipe, but to wear, I prefer Black Forest Cake! Thank you for the great recipe and giveaway!!!

  169. I would love that berry chiffon bag, so beautiful!

  170. berry chiffon cake please.. delectable,delicious and scrumptious.. :)

  171. The cake looks so good and so do the bags. If I was picked as a winner I would love the Berry chiffon cake bag please.

  172. definitely the Plum Tart Cake bag! Must go check out their other bags, my sister in law is expecting a little one on Chirstmas day!

  173. They are all awesome!

  174. The berry chiffon cake!

  175. They are all too cute! But I like the Key Lime Cream Cake the best!

  176. Definitely love the Black Forest!

  177. Berry Chiffon !!

    I love it :D

  178. DEF the black forest cake! i love love love it

  179. i’d choose the key lime cream cake…love at first sight :)

  180. Love, love love the Plum Tart bag – sounds delicious, looks delightful!

  181. Black Forest Cake rules! <3

  182. The Plum Tart Cake, absolutely!

  183. I just adore the Berry Chiffon Cake bag! Pink is my favorite color and that bag is just too adorable!

  184. Berry Chiffon Cake is the best!

  185. love the black forest one! <3

  186. Mmm Berry Chiffon definately. Berries are the only thing that we can grow successfully in Manchester, England!! xx

  187. Plum Tart, those colors are gorgeous!

  188. So pretty! I’d love Black Forest :)

  189. Soo so so so CUTE! I would choose the berry chiffon since the colors are really fantastic!

  190. Plum Tart Cake!!!!!!

  191. Wow, tough decision. I can’t decide between the Plum Tart and the Berry Chiffon.
    They’re all so fabulous!

    I guess if i have to choose, it’d be the Berry Chiffon Cake. So stunning.
    *crossing fingers*

  192. Black forest is my favourite, must try your key lime cake though

  193. Black Forest Cake seems kinda popular – and I can understand! Love it!!!

  194. My Huzz loves key lime pie, so I have to test this recipe on him. Maybe it’ll finally make him like cake!
    I love all of the bags, and while the Black Forest one would be more practical, for some reason, I’m drawn to the Berry Chiffon one. Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway opportunity!

  195. I love the berry chiffon bag!

  196. oooh, i’d have to go with the berry chiffon (after much internal debate!)

  197. Berry Chiffon Cake sounds delicious, but looks so lovely!

  198. I would love the Black Forest Bag!

    and . . .

    I’m going to make this cake ASAP!! Looks Delicious!!

  199. I love the colours on Plum Tart Cake!

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