Today’s cake is a winner, and I mean that literally since it’s won multiple competitions and was created by Melinda Winner, who cooks, bakes and writes a blog about managing arthritis. In fact, some of her recipes include tips on how to complete certain tasks that might be difficult for the arthritic – like holding a lime. In the original recipe for this cake, she tells you how to zest one without pain.
Melinda has made this cake many times and my intention was to follow her recipe to the letter, but as usual I went off course and made some changes. Instead of a 6 layer cake, I made a 3 layer cake….and since I didn’t need quite so much frosting, I reduced that and ended up changing the recipe a bit. Still, the recipe is Melinda’s in spirit and it’s great! It’s very tart, so if you like lime you’ll be happy.
Key Lime Layer Cake
2 1/2 cups (11.25 oz/315 grams) all purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar (14 oz/392 grams)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup fresh or bottled key lime juice
3/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons fresh lime zest
Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 oz cream cheese softened (230 grams)
8 tablespoons butter (114 grams) — salted
3 ¼ cups confectioners’ sugar (442 grams) 1 box
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut, toasted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 3 9-inch round baking pans with flour-added cooking spray.
Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together into mixing bowl. Add eggs, oil and lime juice mix on medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy. Add sour cream and zest; mix until smooth. Pour cake batter evenly into cake pans and bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean (mine took 32 minutes).
Cool in pans for 5 minutes and then turn cakes out onto cooling racks. Cool for 1 hour.
Spread frosting over cakes, stack and ice the whole cake with frosting. Spread toasted coconut over top and down sides.
In a mixer cream together cream cheese and butter. Add sugar and vanilla, then beat in the lime juice – beating and scraping sides of bowl all the while.
Toasted Coconut: Spread on baking sheet and bake in a pre-heated 375 for about 5-10 minutes. Stir often. Let cool. I like to cook mine until some of the coconut is lightly browned.