A new twist on a summer classic — this key lime poke cake will have you dreaming of sunny days and ocean waves!
Key lime pie is usually just “ok” to me, but this creamy key lime poke cake is another story!
This gorgeous icebox cake is bursting with tangy lime and creamy condensed milk “pudding” in every bite. Each spoonful is pure bliss!
If you’re looking for an easy and delicious dessert for Cinco de Mayo or a summer party, you’ve come to the right place!
Key Lime Poke Cake Ingredients
- 1 box of key lime cake mix
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 C oil
- 1 Cwater
- 3 Limes
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
- 3/4 C of whipping cream
- 3 tbsp grated lime zest + 1 1/2 for “pudding”
- 2 drops of green gel food coloring
(Makes one 9 x 13″ glass pan)
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Preheat oven to 350°F. Meanwhile, prepare cake mix according to directions on box, adding juice from 1 and 1/2 lime and 3 tablespoons grated lime zest to the batter.
Lightly grease or spray a 9×13 glass baking pan and pour in your batter.
Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350°F (or until a toothpick stuck into the cake comes out clean).
While cake is baking, add sweetened condensed milk, whipping cream, juice from 1 and 1/2 lime, and 1 and 1/2 tablespoons lime zest to a large mixing bowl. Mix until well combined.
Add in the green gel coloring and mix until your “pudding” is a smooth, even light green.
Once cake is finished baking, remove from oven and poke holes in the cake, 2 inches apart, with the back of a wooden spoon.
Pour pudding batter over the cake, spreading with a spoon to make sure it soaks in to all of the holes.
Chill in fridge for 2 hours.
For the frosting:
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
- 3 cups powder sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Juice of 1 1/2 limes
- 1 1/2 tsp lime zest
- 2-3 tbsp heavy whipping cream
- 1 lime, sliced, for garnish
Using a standing mixer, combine the butter, powder sugar, vanilla, lime juice and zest, and heavy whipping cream on medium speed. Mix until ingredients are well incorporated and stiff peaks form.
Tip: If you see powdery clumps, add another tablespoon of heavy whipping cream and continue to mix until smooth stiff peaks form.
Scoop frosting into the piping bag fitted with the star tip. Pull the poke cake out of the fridge and pipe on frosting all over the cake. Using the knife, smooth out the frosting and place the lime slices on top.
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