Zesty Key Lime Pound Cake: A Citrusy Delight


Imagine a cake that combines the zest of key limes with the rich, comforting texture of a classic pound cake. Our Key Lime Pound Cake does just that, offering a delightful twist on a traditional favorite. This recipe brings a burst of citrusy freshness to your dessert table, making it a perfect choice for spring picnics, summer barbecues, or as a comforting treat during the colder months. In this article, we will guide you through each step to create this mouth-watering masterpiece.


  • Cake:
    • 2 cups butter, softened
    • 2-1/2 cups sugar
    • 6 large eggs, room temperature
    • 2 teaspoons grated key lime zest
    • 2 tablespoons Key lime juice
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • Frosting:
    • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 1 teaspoon grated key lime zest
    • 1 tablespoon Key lime juice
    • 3-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
    • Lime slices for garnishing


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 10-inch fluted tube pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Mix in the lime zest, vanilla, and lime juice.
  5. Alternately add flour and milk, beating well after each addition.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

How to Prepare

  1. Bake the cake for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  2. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.

Preparation Time

  • Preparing the batter: 20 minutes
  • Baking time: 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours
  • Cooling time: 1 hour
  • Total time: Approximately 3 hours


This recipe yields one 10-inch cake, serving approximately 12-15 people.


  1. Can I use regular lime instead of key lime? Yes, regular limes can be used, but key limes offer a more distinct and slightly sweeter flavor.
  2. Can this cake be made in advance? Absolutely! It can be prepared a day ahead, enhancing the flavors.
  3. How do I store the leftover cake? Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  4. Can I freeze this cake? Yes, without the frosting, it freezes well for up to 3 months.
  5. Is there a dairy-free alternative for this recipe? You can use dairy-free butter and milk alternatives, but the texture might slightly vary.


Our Key Lime Pound Cake is more than just a dessert; it’s a delightful journey through a blend of textures and flavors. With its moist crumb, rich buttery taste, and the zesty kick of key limes, this cake stands out as a versatile choice for various occasions. Whether you’re an experienced baker or trying your hand at something new, this recipe promises a rewarding experience and a dessert that will earn you compliments from all who taste it. So, preheat your oven, and let’s embark on this baking adventure!