i should be mopping the floor: Key Lime Poke Cake

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Key Lime Poke Cake

Key Lime Poke Cake is just heaven on a plate. The combination of fresh whipping cream and citrusy lime cake is fabulous. It was an easy Jell-O poke cake that I will make often. I love it {dare I say}, more than the Strawberry Lemonade Poke Cake that inspired it. 

Key Lime Poke Cake: uses a boxed cake mix made super moist with fresh lime juice and Jell-o. Topped with fresh whipping cream for a lovely, summery treat.
Last month when I made that Strawberry Lemonade Poke Cake, it got the wheels turning on the poke cake flavor possibilities. And key lime anything is my husband's favorite. Last year for his birthday, I made a Key Lime Cake that was....meh. It wasn't moist. And it was just...well, meh. So I decided to give the poke cake a go with the key lime flavor. And WOOHOO! It was awesome.
Just awesome.

Key Lime Poke Cake: uses a boxed cake mix made super moist with fresh lime juice and Jell-o. Topped with fresh whipping cream for a lovely, summery treat.
The key to this cake was not using just water to make the lime Jell-O. Because plain lime Jell-O tastes like a green lifesaver...not exactly the light, citrusy key lime flavor I had in mind. I wasn't sure this would work. It would either taste awesome or like swamp water. Nobody's more surprised than me that it worked.

My store was fresh out of actual key limes, so I used regular limes, and they worked just fine. I squeezed seven whole limes to get the half cup of juice I used. You can use the bottled lime stuff, but I really like the fresh juice. 


Key Lime Poke Cake: uses a boxed cake mix made super moist with fresh lime juice and Jell-o. Topped with fresh whipping cream for a lovely, summery treat.

For this cake, you'll need:

  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • ingredients for cake mix {from the back of the box}
  • 1 small box of lime Jell-o
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice {key lime juice would be awesome}
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 quart heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • graham cracker crumbs {about 2 squares' worth}
  • lime zest {from 2 limes}

Bake cake according to the box directions in a 9x13 pan. Allow to cool completely. Poke holes in cake with skewer {or the end of a wooden spoon}. Make Jell-O using the 1 cup of boiling water, the 1/2 cup of fresh lime juice and the 1/2 cup cold water. While the Jell-O is still hot, pour it over the cake and into the holes. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. 
Make whipped cream with heavy cream and 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar, whipping until peaks form. Top cake with whipped cream and sprinkle with the graham cracker crumbs and lime zest. I thought the graham cracker crumbs were a nice addition to bring in the flavor of a traditional Key Lime Pie crust.
Store in refrigerator. 


Key Lime Poke Cake: uses a boxed cake mix made super moist with fresh lime juice and Jell-o. Topped with fresh whipping cream for a lovely, summery treat.
This is the consistency I prefer for the whipping cream...a little on the thicker side. One more minute of whipping and I would have had butter. It's a fine line, peeps.

Key Lime Poke Cake: uses a boxed cake mix made super moist with fresh lime juice and Jell-o. Topped with fresh whipping cream for a lovely, summery treat.
So good and summery. We may or may not have informed the children this cake was in the house. As in, we may or may not have eaten the whole 9x13 pan by ourselves. 

Key Lime Poke Cake: uses a boxed cake mix made super moist with fresh lime juice and Jell-o. Topped with fresh whipping cream for a lovely, summery treat.

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15 comments:

  1. I just posted two key lime recipes on your link party yesterday (key lime ice cream and key lime cookies). I ended up purchasing 9 lbs of key limes and have been searching for recipes to use them in so how exciting to see another recipe! This is definitely on my to-make list. What a perfect recipe and the perfect time.

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  2. I have to ask what the definition of a poke cake is because I'm a dork. I just went to Google it, but I couldn't find an answer! Do you know?

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    1. I think it is, generally, any cake that has been poked with holes all over it and then those holes are filled in with another ingredient to create a really moist cake {like above I used the lime juice and jello to fill the holes on this cake}. I think it may have started with the whole "better than you-know-what-cake"... a typical Devil's food cake that is poked all over then has sweetened condensed milk drizzled in the holes...to be frosted and topped with fun toppings like crushed candy bars or similar. I hope that helps! :)

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  3. Delicious!! I loved the Strawberry Poke cake so I can't wait to try this one! Thanks for the recipe!!

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    1. So happy to hear you tried the Strawberry one...it was my FAVE until this one. Thank you for always leaving such super sweet comments, Crystal...I really appreciate it!!

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  4. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/two-girls-and-a-party-linky-party-21/
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by:
    http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/ Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
    http://thissillygirlslife.com/ Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life
    We hope to see you there!

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  5. Visiting from the live laugh rowe link party. We love anything key lime! I putting this on my pinterest dessert board. Looks wonderful and not too hard.

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  6. That looks so delicious!! I am definitely going to make the key lime poke cake! yum!

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  7. Kristi, this cake looks and sound totally delicious!! Thanks so much for sharing and joining us at Best of the Weekend! Will be sharing this yummy cake on FB over the weekend and pinning! Have a fabulous weekend!

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  8. Holy key lime yumminess!!! Pinning. Like, a LOT. xoxo

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  9. Yum, this looks delicious! I love the addition of graham cracker crumbs on top to make it more like a key lime pie. Thanks for the idea-- it got my wheels turning (like yours did) on other poke cake ideas!

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