Ft. Benning Key Lime Cake

I came across this recipe while I was in Georgia for work. A woman who works in the Warrior Transition Battalion at Ft. Benning made it for the Sgt. Major. He was raving about her “green cake” begging her to make another one. I was surprised by the ingredients and couldn’t wait to try it myself. It’s a pretty cake for the summer time or holidays, very bright and moist. It’s also good for people that don’t like chocolate (like my boyfriend).

For Cake

*1 box lemon cake mix
*1 1/3 cups canola oil
*4 eggs
*1 (3 ounce) package lime flavored Jello
*3/4 cup orange juice (or any juice you feel like! I actually used lemonade)
*1 bag of key limes

    Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients, lightly grease and flour cake pans (I only made two layers, so it looks closer to a key lime pie) and pour in cake mixture. Bake for 35 minutes or test with a toothpick in the center. Toothpick will come out clean when the cake is done. Let cakes cool before you begin to frost them. I would even put them in the refrigerator for awhile.

    Juice about 6 key limes into a bowl. When the cake is cooked and cooled, spoon some of the juice on to the entire top of the first layer to give it some zing.

    For Frosting
    *1 stick butter
    *1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
    *1/2 can cream of coconut  (optional but gives it a slight tropical flavor)
    *2 cups confectioners’ sugar (other recipes call for more but I think it makes it too sweet)

    Add room temperature butter and cream cheese to mixer, whip until incorporated. Add confectioners sugar to taste and texture.  Add cream of coconut to taste but mind the texture. (I made my frosting a bit to runny and I had to refrigerate it to stiffen it up enough to stick to the cake.)

    7 Responses to “Ft. Benning Key Lime Cake”

    1. Alleen posted on December 13, 2010 at 1:58 pm (#)

      I’ll have to remember this come spring/summer time…looks great!

      Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    2. Jenny Eisen posted on December 13, 2010 at 3:19 pm (#)

      So was it as good as it looks? Also, how are you all of a sudden able to take such fabulous pictures?!

    3. Michelle O posted on December 13, 2010 at 3:30 pm (#)

      It actually was pretty tasty. The jello gave it a firmer texture but it was really moist. Better after it sat in the fridge a bit. .

      We got a new camera and Ive been practicing as well as editing the photos. The editing really helps I think 🙂 Hope you guys stayed warm yesterday.

    4. Amber's Notebook posted on December 14, 2010 at 2:51 pm (#)

      WOW! That looks amazing!!

    5. Eftychia posted on February 9, 2011 at 5:51 pm (#)

      What a cake! This is the 1st green cake I ever saw. Thank you so much for sharing!!

    6. SKIP TO MALOU posted on April 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm (#)

      The cake sings spring to me. I love the vibrant color and i could almost taste the “zing” and the tanginess of the key lime haha!

      Looking forward to know you more through your posts…

    7. Verónica posted on February 1, 2012 at 2:44 am (#)

      My husband and I are stationed at Ft. Benning so I feel obligated to make this now 🙂

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