Becka's blog rotating header image loading ... please wait....

The wedding cake

picture of Cake with flowers

DD Nora wanted me to make a key lime cake with coconut icing for the wedding. She had a recipe for the icing, but not for the cake. I did a lot of experimenting over the last few months before finally coming up with a recipe we approved of. Many of the recipes I found contained lime gelatin, but we didn't care for the color of that cake and the flavor wasn't quite what we were looking for either. I'm definitely not a professional baker and assembling the cake outdoors on a very windy day was rather daunting, but fortunately it all stayed together.

Today I'm going to post the recipe I used for the wedding cake. One thing that we discovered added a nice lime flavor was the lime oil. I ordered this from the King Arthur baking catalog. I had experimented with lime zest, but the oil was definitely our preferred flavor booster.

Key Lime Cake

1 box Duncan Hines lemon cake mix
3 Tbps. instant lemon pudding mix (dry)
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs
5 Tbsps. key lime juice (I used bottled juice)
3 drops green food coloring
1/4 tsp. lime oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease, flour, and line baking pans with waxed paper. In a large bowl stir together the cake mix, instant pudding, water, oil, eggs, key lime juice, food coloring, and lime oil. Mix on low for about 30 seconds and then on medium for 2 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pans and then bake according to the time recommended for the size pans you are using. (For 8" round pans it takes about 35-45 mins.) Test to see if the cake is done. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 mins. and then carefully turn out onto cooling racks. While the cake is cooling you can make:

Coconut Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
dash salt
1 tsp. coconut extract (I used McCormick)
5 cups powdered sugar (sift)
1/4 cup cream (approximately)

In mixing bowl cream butter, shortening, salt, and coconut extract. Add powdered sugar and cream and mix well. This should be plenty for a two layer 8" or 9" cake. Frost cake and then you can add fresh coconut on the sides and top of the cake if you wish. This frosting is delicious!

I had not used coconut extract much before, but have decided it is a wonderful flavor even if you don't like actual coconut. I recently tried this frosting on a chocolate mayonnaise cake and it was a great combination.

As we cleaned up from the wedding I was very happy to see this:

picture of Cake Toppers

Aren't the little cake toppers that Nora painted cute?


Print this post Print this post
E-mail this post to a friend
Share this post on Facebook

If you enjoyed this post, get my RSS feed or get my posts by e-mail

6 Comments on “The wedding cake”

  1. #1 Rob
    on Apr 20th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I’ve already requested this cake for my birthday this fall. It’s amazing! And I was exceedingly sad that there was none left after the wedding. Oh, I mean, I’m glad our guests enjoyed it…. 😀

  2. #2 Deb
    on Apr 20th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Becka ~ congratulations on the cake! It certainly looks beautiful–you did a great job! And it also sounds delish! I’m a real coconut lover so would love the icing. I’m sure everyone loved it as evidenced by nothing left on the plate!

  3. #3 Kim Collogan
    on Apr 21st, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. It was absolutely delicious to say the least. Key Lime and Coconut are two of my favorite flavors, and the two together made a YUMMY duo just like Chris and Nora!

    You did a great job on the cake and what a super idea to put the bouquets on the table all around the cake. The toppers were adorable and I thought they looked so darling on the cake platter after all the cake was gone. (I took that picture!) I made the cakes for my daughter’s wedding several years back, and had lots of fun experimenting beforehand too with different recipes.

    I will definitely copy this recipe and try it myself soon. It had such a beautiful color too. The entire wedding was so nice and we were so glad to have been a part of the whole weekend. We are glad to have your precious Nora as part of the Collogan family!


  4. #4 Laurie Hyink
    on Apr 25th, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Mrs. Loach, I couldn’t resist baking this cake for our Easter celebration once I saw it posted here. It turned out great, though I didn’t have time to order the lime oil. I think this one will go down in the books as a favorite for future celebrations! Thanks for posting.

    Laurie Hyink

  5. #5 Becka
    on Apr 25th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Hi Laurie,
    I’m glad that you enjoyed the cake. Several people had asked for the recipe after the wedding and have said they are going to try it, but I think you are the first one who actually did. I didn’t realize that you had been reading my blog. 🙂
    Your mom told me that you are expecting another boy this summer and that Hope was a bit disappointed. I’m sure she will enjoy having a new baby in the house once he arrives though. Your mom is looking forward to visiting you in a couple of months.

    Becka Loach

  6. #6 Carrie
    on Apr 28th, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Wow, that does sound wonderful!

If you enjoyed this post, get my RSS feed or get my posts by e-mail