Layers upon layers of fresh key lime, luscious cream cheese, and shortbread cookies make for a delicious no-bake cake with a show-stopping presentation. A thin layer of pistachios adds a crunch to each creamy, bright bite. The taste is light and sweet, making it the perfect ending to a large holiday meal. If you can't find Key limes to juice, try Nellie & Joe's brand.
Key Lime Curd
3/4 cup fresh Key lime juice (about 36 Key limes)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 large egg yolks
2 large eggs
7 tablespoons (3 1/2 oz.) unsalted butter
Cream Cheese Filling
2 cups heavy cream
1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup (about 2 oz.) powdered sugar
2 teaspoons Key lime zest, plus more for garnish (about 4 Key limes)
6 (6-oz.) pkg. shortbread cookies (such as Walkers Shortbread)
Prepare the Key Lime Curd: Whisk together lime juice, sugar, cornstarch, egg yolks, and eggs in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high, and cook, whisking often, 1 minute. Add butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking until melted and fully incorporated after each addition.
Pour lime juice mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl. Fill a large bowl with ice. Place bowl with strained lime juice mixture in ice. Using a rubber spatula, stir to cool.
Prepare the Cream Cheese Filling: Beat heavy cream in a bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until medium peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. In another bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and 2 teaspoons lime zest on high until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add whipped cream to cream cheese mixture, and beat on medium until just combined, about 1 minute; set aside.
Assemble the cake: Place 1 layer of the shortbread cookies directly on a cake stand, arranging in a 8-inch circle. Top with a thin layer of Key Lime Curd. Sprinkle with a thin layer of pistachios; spread with a thin layer of Cream Cheese Filling. Repeat layers with remaining shortbread cookies, Key lime Curd, pistachios, and Cream Cheese Filling, ending with Cream Cheese Filling and reserving 2 tablespoons of the pistachios for top of cake. Chill until set, about 2 hours. Sprinkle top of cake with reserved chopped pistachios and desired amount of lime zest.
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