Lime Cake with Sweet Condensed Milk Frosting

by Erica Dinho on January 2, 2012

I don’t bake often so you won’t find all that many cake, cookie or pie recipes on my blog. And when I do bake, I make mostly simple cake and pastry recipes. For those like me who are not great bakers, trust me, this is a delicious and easy to make cake recipe.

I love limes and sweet condensed milk and always have them in my house! The other day I was craving something sweet and decided to create this Lime Cake. It was the perfect combination of sweet and citrus.

Buen provecho!

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Ingredients

  • Lime Cake:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest and juice of 1 and 1/2 limes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • Sweet Condensed Milk Frosting:
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 3/4 cup sweet condensed milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a cake pan and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the buttermilk, vanilla, and lime zest and juice  . Set aside.
  5. With an electric mixer, cream butter and granulated sugar. Add eggs one at a time.
  6. Add flour mixture, alternating with additions of the buttermilk mixture.
  7. Pour batter in a cake pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cake comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  8. Let it cool on a rack.
  9. To make the frosting:
  10. Beat butter with a mixer on medium-high speed until creamy, about 1 minute.
  11. Reduce speed to medium. Add half of the sugar and beat about 5 minutes. Increase speed to high and add the rest of the sugar. Beat for 5 seconds, then reduce speed to medium.
  12. Add sweet condensed milk and beat until the frosting is smooth.
  13. Frost cooled lime cake and serve.
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1 Angie@Angiesrecipes January 2, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Love citrus sweets..the cake looks delectable. And the sweet condensed milk frosting sounds really interesting.

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2 Belinda @zomppa January 2, 2012 at 11:29 PM

You know I have a soft spot for citrus! I can almost taste this.

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3 Jeannie January 3, 2012 at 12:34 AM

I have baked cakes with lime before and so I know these are delicious! I used cream cheese to frost mine but your condensed milk frosting sounds like a great alternative, will bookmark this:) Happy New Year!

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4 Joanne January 3, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Lime desserts are some of my favorites…,that sweet and tangy combo just can’t be beat! This looks amazing!

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5 grace January 3, 2012 at 9:07 AM

what a unique and delightful frosting, perfect for this unique and delightful cake!

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6 Kim January 3, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Erica- I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday. My Mom loves all things lime. I’m going to save this recipe so that I can make it for her one day.e

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7 Anonymous January 3, 2012 at 10:38 AM

My mother always made chocolate frosting from sweetened condensed milk so I plan to print this one so there is an alternative for the chocolate. Thanks

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8 Chris January 3, 2012 at 9:44 PM

That true, you don’t do a lot of baked sweets here.

But your pork with caramel sauce was sweet and it rocked. I made it for New Years.

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9 Erica January 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Thank you for your feedback and your pork looked amazing :)

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10 Erica January 18, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Thank you guys!

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11 Tara January 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM

I made this cake last night.. it is sooo delicious!

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12 Anonymous March 2, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Do you know of a Colombian recipe that uses limes and sweet milk and graham crackers? Im not sure where to find it but an old colombian friend made it for me and it was really good! It was layered graham crackers with lime cream mixed in between! (: please help me figure out the recipe!! I think youd like it too.

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13 Chery in NC April 25, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Hi! A little late with this comment, I know, but just wanted to mention that although it isn’t Columbian in origin, this sounds a lot like Key Lime Pie (or a version of it), which has a crust made from graham crackers, butter & sugar; and a custard made from sweetened evaporated milk, egg yolks, and lime juice (zest optional). And yes, it IS “really good” and very popular in the US, especially in the South (originated in Florida, I believe).

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14 tasteofbeirut November 1, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I love pastries with lime or lemon or any citrus flavor! This cake sounds delightful!

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15 Emily Renate February 23, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Made this yesterday for my husband’s birthday! The frosting stayed quite thin, as the texture of sweetened condensed milk, even after adding a little extra sugar. But, it was still delicious as the frosting soaked in the cake a bit. I also added a little green color to the frosting, toasted some coconut flakes for the top and added some thinly sliced limes for decoration. It was fantastic! (Also made your Ajiaco for his birthday meal, another outstanding recipe). Thanks so much for your blog!

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16 Sofia December 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM

I decided to share my Colombian heritage with some friends so I made this cake thinking I would still have some at the end of the school day. Boy was I supprised! Everyone loved it and couldn’t get enough. They went crazy for it, especially the icing. I will definately have to make this again. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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