Weather: 26 degrees, sunny
What I’m listening to: The Cranberries
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you’re wearing your green today like this bright and fresh Key Lime Cake.
There’s quite a story behind this cake. For several years, I have made cupcakes for all three of my kids’ birthdays. We all know that cupcakes have been “in” for a number of years now, but that’s not really why I made them. I made them because they’re easier than decorating a cake. I am not comfortable with my [non-existent] cake decorating skills. Cakes stress me out. Hello, intimidation. I haven’t had a lot of practice with them and the very last thing I ever wanted to do was try to make a cake for one of my children’s birthdays and have it fail miserably. There would be tears… and birthday pictures to prove it. Yikes.
Well, my oldest son turns nine this week and I was planning to make my go-to cupcakes (I had it all planned out down to the design and the flavor). To my surprise and utter dismay, he declared that he was getting bigger and therefore, it was time for a bigger cake. Gasp! It was time to muster up my courage and face my cake-decorating fears.
My son’s favorite color is green and his favorite flavor is lime, so I searched high and low for a Key Lime Cake recipe. I was surprised to find that almost every search result I turned up was a lime cake made with Jello and a boxed cake mix. Finally, I found a very yummy from scratch Key Lime Cupcake recipe that I adapted into a two-layer round cake. The result is a delicious, tender cake with a nice key lime flavor and color, and a cream cheese frosting that makes the whole thing truly taste like the famous key lime pie. The birthday boy is very pleased. And I’ve gotten a little more brave this week thanks to my 9-year-old son.