Lovely's Luscious Key-Lime Cake
-Just made this yesterday for my dad's birthday, if you like sweet, and citrus, this cake is for you. And yes, the insides are green.
1 3oz package of lime flavored gelatin (like a box of lime jello)
1 and 1/3 cups granulated sugar
2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
5 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 and 1/2 cups vegetable oil
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup key lime juice (from either 4 large limes or 20-25 small key limes--I just use 25 key limes, and juice them by hand. But lime juice is sold, so it's up to you.)
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and lightly flour three 9-inch round cake pans. (I only used two in the photo because the house is junky and I couldn't find the mate. >.< But it's supposed to be a three-layer cake.)
In a large mixing bowl, mix the gelatin, sugar, flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. (ONLY THE GRANULATED SUGAR, the confectioner's is for later.) Stir to mix well. Add the eggs, oil, orange juice, lemon juice and vanilla. Mix until the batter is even. Divide the batter evenly among the three (or two) pans, and bake for 30-40 minutes. Get a toothpick, and test for completion (make sure no raw batter lingers on the toothpick.
While that's in the oven, mix the confectioner's sugar and the lime juice and wait for the cakes to finish. Take them out, and let the pans cool for only five minutes, and turn them out onto racks.
Now, while the layers are still hot (this is key) pierce holes with the toothpick or a fork, and pour the glaze (lime juice and sugar) over the cakes. The tiny holes let it soak in better. Then let it cool while you make the icing. Now, if you're counting calories, you don't have to make the icing. The cake is fine and sweet with just the glaze. However, if you want to get fancy with it, there's an icing, which I made.
Cream Cheese Icing
1/2 cup (or one stick) butter, room temperature.
1 8oz package of cream cheese, room temperature.
1 (1lb) box of confectioner's sugar.
Cream the butter and cream cheese. Beat in the confectioners' sugar until the mixture is smooth and easy to spread. Spread the icing between the layers and on top and sides of the cake.
I'll also post this in Xandi and Des's thread.