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Florida Keys Cake

Prep time 45 mins
Cook time 1 hr, 35 mins
Other time 5 hrs
Yield Makes 16 servings
Key lime cheesecake stands in as frosting between the layers on this decadent cake. It's important to use 10-inch cakepans to make this one-of-a-kind recipe. The cake received rave reviews from our taste-testing panel, and we all agreed the flavor and presentation warranted using specialty pans.


  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package white cake mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup cream of coconut
  • 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 4 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
  • 1/2 cup Key lime juice
  • 1 (16-ounce) container ready-to-spread vanilla frosting

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a mixing bowl; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer 4 minutes. Stir in 1 cup coconut. Divide batter evenly between 2 lightly greased 10-inch round cakepans.

  2. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on wire racks; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

  3. Split cake layers in half horizontally to make 4 layers. Crumble 1 cake layer into fine crumbs. Toss cake crumbs with remaining 1 cup coconut; spread on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until coconut is toasted. Set aside.

  4. Combine sugar and cornstarch. Beat cream cheese at high speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar mixture, mixing well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in sour cream and lime juice, blending well.

  5. Place 1 cake layer, cut side up, in the bottom of a lightly greased 10-inch springform pan. Spoon 1/3 cheesecake batter over cake layer; repeat procedure with remaining cake layers and cheesecake batter. (See tip.)

  6. Bake at 325° for 1 hour or until set. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cover and chill at least 4 hours.

  7. Run a knife around the edge of pan, releasing sides. Spread frosting over top and sides of cake. Pat reserved crumb mixture generously around sides and top of cake. Chill at least 1 hour before serving. Store in refrigerator.

  8. Tip: It may be necessary to use a foil collar around the springform pan to hold the cake and cheesecake mixture once it's layered in the springform pan. Cut a piece of aluminum foil long enough to fit around the 10-inch springform pan, allowing 1-inch overlap; starting from 1 long side, fold foil into thirds. Lightly grease 1 side of foil. Wrap foil around outside of pan, greased side against pan, allowing it to extend to 1 1/2 inches above rim to form a collar; secure with string or masking tape. Bake as directed.

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