Feb 222022

A Year of Cake: January

A Year of Cake: January

It was New Years Day of 2022, when I saw a post from Southern Living, suggesting a different type of New Year’s Resolution – make one cake a month for a year. It is no secret that I am dietitian that believes that all foods fit. I am also someone who loves dessert and loves to celebrate with food. I felt like this would be the perfect resolution for me – a person who doesn’t make resolutions.

January 2022

January is birthday month for Hubs. He is actually not a sweets-loving person like I am, but every year he requests Key Lime Cake. I honestly do not remember how I originally stumbled upon this recipe (though I do know it involved late night Pinterest scrolling), but I can say it has become a staple every January. As a person who does love sweets, I wasn’t so sure how I would feel about this recipe, but I can say with certainty that it is the perfect mix of a tangy tart flavor and rich creaminess. Plus it is one of the most moist cakes I have ever made.

Key Lime Cake


  • 1 3oz package lime jello (do not get the sugar free)
  • 1 ⅓ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour sifted
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 5 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup key lime juice
  • ½ cup powdered sugar


  1. Grease and flour 3 9" round cake pans. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the gelatin, sugar, flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

  3. Add eggs, oil, orange juice, lemon juice, and vanilla. Mix well with electric mixer.

  4. Divide batter among 3 pans and bake for 25-35 minutes. Cake will be done when toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

  5. Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes in pans and then turn out onto cooling rack.

  6. While cake is still warm, mix key lime juice and powdered sugar and gently pour over cake layers. You can gently pierce the cake with a fork before doing so, but is not necessary. Allow cake to cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting


  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 8oz package cream cheese softened
  • 1 pound box powdered sugar


  1. Beat butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar together. Start mixer slowly and gradually increase speed. If a little extra liquid is required to get desired consistency, add a few drops of key lime juice. Spread frosting evenly between cake layers and then on top and sides.