This pretty "Key Lime Cake" just looks like Spring to me! I love the taste of key lime and there aren't many good recipes that you use it in. This cake is a good change of pace from Key Lime Pie!
This is a really moist cake and it great for special occasions, because even though it's really fairly easy to make, it looks like you fussed. It's prettiest made as a three layer cake, but you can also make it in a 9"x13" pan. Here is what you will need:
1 box lemon cake mix (make sure you get a full size cake mix and not those they have reduced to 10.5 oz.)
1 pkg. (3oz.) lime gelatin (Jello)
3/4 cup orange juice
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup key lime juice (fresh squeezed or bottled)
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
Cream Cheese Frosting
12 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
6 cups powdered sugar
*This is basically a recipe and a half of cream cheese frosting, but you need this much for the three layers.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix cake mix with lime gelatin and orange juice. Add vanilla, eggs. and oil. Mix until well blended, but do not over mix.
Prepare three 9" cake pans by placing parchment or wax paper circles cut to fit in the bottoms. Spray with nonstick spray or butter and flour them. Divide the batter evenly. Place in oven for 17 to 20 minutes. Remove to cool. If you use a 9"x13" pan, bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
Combine the 1/2 cup lime juice with the powdered sugar. While the cake layers are still warm, poke a few holes in them while still in the pans with a fork or toothpick and pour the lime juice glaze over each one. Allow them to cool in the pans.
Prepare the cream cheese frosting by creaming the cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add the vanilla and the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until it is light and fluffy.
Place a layer of the cake on a cake plate and frost the top, repeating with the other two layers.
Frost the entire cake and if you want to garnish use some lime slices! Place in the refrigerator and keep chilled until ready to serve. This is a very moist cake and it gets even moister the next day!