Key Lime Margarita Cake

Monday, August 27, 2012
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Key Lime Margarita Cake

2 1/4 cups cake flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided use
3/4 cup + 3 tablespoons margarita mixer
1/2 cup key lime juice
1/3 cup tequila + 2 tablespoons, divided use
Green food coloring

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups marshmallow cream
2 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Coat 2 (9-inch) cake pans with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.  In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together coconut oil, granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla until creamy and well combined.  Beat in 3/4 cup margarita mixer, lime juice, 1/3 cup tequila and a few drops of food coloring until well combined.  Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture until just combined.  Divide batter into cake pans. 

Bake 18-20 minutes, or until well risen, and a toothpick inserted into cake comes out with moist crumbs attached.  Cool 12 minutes on a wire rack.  Run a knife around pan edges, and invert cakes out of pans. 

To make the frosting, in a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together cream cheese and butter until creamy.  Beat in marshmallow cream, confectioners' sugar and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla until well combined - about 3 minutes.

To assemble the cake, place one cake layer on a platter.  Stir together remaining 3 tablespoons margarita mixer and 1 tablespoon tequila in a small bowl; brush mixture on cake layer.  Spread frosting over cake layer.  Sprinkle half of the graham cracker crumbs on top.  Top with second cake layer.  Brush with remaining margarita mixture.  Spread frosting on top, followed by a sprinkling of remaining graham cracker crumbs. 

Makes 12 servings

20 comments on "Key Lime Margarita Cake"
  1. I tend to forget how stressfull examns can be... and I'm a teacher... every now an then I force myself to looks at my students and to remember what it is... Anyway, this cake looks good to celebrate this week!

  2. Beautiful cake. Hang in there with school!

  3. I remember reading an account by Julia Child of how even she failed her first exam at cooking school!

    When I first saw that cake I wondered if it was green velvet cake! That would be great around St. Patrick's Day (especially with the boozy theme) or with red sprinkles on top for Christmas.

    1. Hopefully I didn't fail them!

      Mmm green velvet cake.

  4. Looks like there is plenty to celebrate Emily!!!

  5. I thought the colour was you practicing early for St. Patrick's Day!
    Please don't feel you need to apologize to us for taking some time off for school. We're all rooting for you out here and want you to do really well.
    You do realise, I hope, that your Official Cheering Section (which is all of us) will take some of the credit when you do super-well in your courses!!

    1. Whoo hoo! Thank you! You can come to graduation.

      Haha this cake would be perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

  6. Hang in there! Your cake is cute. Green is my favorite color:)

  7. So summery! I must try this after my next set of exams. Good job on getting through them, doing the best you can is more than anyone can ask for.

    1. Yes you should! You could make a strawberry margarita cake.

  8. Congrats on getting your first set of exams out of the way! Cheers to you!

  9. I hope you did well on your exams :) You can only do your best! And all your jam sounds so good. I love all kinds of jam.

  10. That is one green cake. I'm not sure if that cake would be best for St. Pat's Day or Cinco De Mayo. What the heck? It looks so good, I'd serve it for both!

  11. I missed you. Exams come first and they usually do make one nuts until they are finished.
    Boy, that cake sure is green!!! Take care.

  12. Woohoo on getting through your first batch of exams! You rock. This cake looks awesome. I think even more so because it's so green!

  13. Mmmmm marshmallow cream cheese frosting?? GENIUS. Congrats on surviving exams!

  14. congrats on finishing the exams! i'm a college student and definitely don't blame you for not blogging! i'm impressed at how well youve been keeping it up since starting pastry school! that cake looks bomb, i'll need to make it sometime soon. :)