Key Lime Pie Sheet Cake
Key Lime Pie Sheet Cake

Key Lime Pie Sheet Cake

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Key Lime Pie Sheet Cake
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If you love key lime pie but want a little more substance or a bigger dessert to feed a crowd, this cake is perfect for you! This Key Lime Pie Sheet Cake features a moist yellow cake soaked in tart and sweet lime curd, frosted with fluffy whipped cream, and topped with crushed graham crackers.
Serves: 24-28
Cake Ingredients:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Lime Curd Ingredients:
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice (or regular lime juice)
  • Zest of 1 large or two key limes (or regular limes)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
Whipped Cream Ingredients:
  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • crushed graham crackers for topping
  • lime zest for topping
  1. Make the lime curd: In a heavy, medium saucepan, whisk together the eggs, sugar, salt, lime juice, and zest. Set the saucepan over medium-low heat and cook, stirring constantly, until it has thickened and coats the back of a wooden spoon. This took about 10 minutes for me, but you can keep cooking and adjust the heat as necessary until it reaches the desired thickness without allowing it to boil (remember that it will continue to thicken as it cools). Once it has thickened, stir in the butter until smooth. Pour the lime curd into a shallow dish and cover with a piece of plastic wrap pressed against the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Chill until completely cool (I did this a day in advance and just left it in the fridge overnight).
  2. Make the cake: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray an 11 x 15-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the butter and water to a boil. In the meantime, in a separate large bowl, whisk together the cake flour and sugar before adding the eggs, sour cream, almond extract, vanilla extract, baking soda, and salt. Mix to combine. While mixing, slowly pour in the boiling butter and water mixture. Mix to combine completely. Your batter will be very runny. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 16-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in several places comes out with a few moist crumbs (don’t wait for the top to get golden brown, necessarily — mine stayed pale). Poke holes in the cake with the handle of a wooden spoon and cover with lime curd. Cool completely (I chill mine for a couple of hours).
  4. Make the whipped cream: In a large bowl, beat the whipped cream and powdered sugar together to stiff peaks. Frost the cake, top with crushed graham crackers and lime zest, and serve.


6 Comments on Key Lime Pie Sheet Cake

  1. Natalie
    July 11, 2018 at 5:59 am (6 years ago)

    I love key lime anything! This sheet cake looks and sounds so delicious and perfect for the summer!

    • Julie Ruble
      July 13, 2018 at 4:08 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Natalie!

  2. Joanna
    July 11, 2018 at 4:40 pm (6 years ago)

    Church potluck, here I come!

    • Julie Ruble
      July 13, 2018 at 4:08 pm (6 years ago)

      Hope everyone loves it, Joanna!

  3. Audrey
    July 12, 2018 at 6:36 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi, Julie,
    We knew each other in passing at Davidson and I’ve always enjoyed your blog very much! I just tried my hand at baking this cake and everything really worked smoothly! Thank you including all the helpful tips like 10 minutes for the curd and how to mix the cake. Really delicious and fun to assemble!

    • Julie Ruble
      July 13, 2018 at 4:08 pm (6 years ago)

      Aw, hi Audrey! I’m so glad you enjoyed baking (and eating) this cake!!


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