Key Lime Pie Poke Cake [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Key Lime Pie Poke Cake is a delicious white cake filled with lime curd and lime flavored frosting. It’s the perfect summer refreshing dessert for your picnics or potlucks. 

What we love about this recipe is how soft and flavorful it is. You might also like this amazing Homemade Key Lime Pie, Strawberry Poke Cake, and Chocolate Baileys
Key Lime Pie Poke Cake

Best Key Lime Pie Poke Cake

With barbecue season around the corner, this Key Lime Pie Poke Cake is the perfect dessert to indulge everyone after some grilling time. Poke Cakes are easy to make and even easier to please the crowd. 

This version of it is moist, rich, and citrusy. The lime brings the flavors up quite a bit, which makes it a well balanced and refreshing dessert. Also, it’s colorful and ideal for birthday parties or gatherings. Due to its green texture, this is also one of the main sweets we make every year for St. Patrick’s Day.

There is nothing to complain about it. This recipe will yield you a soft, tender and tangy cake that you will crave ever after. It’s one of those desserts that is affordable, refreshing, and just ideal for summer days!

How to make Key Lime Pie Poke Cake:

Bake the cake mix – Spray a 13 x9-inch cooking pan. Then, follow the box instruction as directed to bake the mix. Add water, oil, egg whites, and some lime zest. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 25-30 minutes, or as instructed. Once cooked, let the pan cool for 10 to 20 minutes.

Make the holes – using a wooden spoon, make uniform holes throughout it. 

Prepare the filling & whipped cream – In a bowl, stir together filling ingredients until it has a nice thick consistency. Then, pour it all over the baked cake, and spread evenly. The holes should be well filled. 

Refrigerate – Once it is frosted, refrigerate it for about 1 hour prior to serving. Once refrigerated, sprinkle the top with some additional lime zest. 

Key Lime Pie Poke Cake


How do you make a poke cake with instant pudding mix?

Many followers have asked us if it is ok to use an instant pudding mix when making these types of desserts. Yes, you could.

This is a nice and quick solution if you do not have time or the frosting ingredients at hand. However, the pudding mix should be prepared once the batter is baked, cooled, and holed. 

In a medium bowl, combine the milk and instant pudding mix, and pour it right away over the cake. You would follow the same instruction, just ensure to evenly and uniformly cover the base. Next, refrigerate it. 

How to store Key Lime Poke Cake?

  • Refrigerator – To store in the fridge, tightly wrap the pan and then cover with aluminum foil. It will last up to 5 days if properly stored. 
  • Freezer – You could freeze it as well, but remember to do so without the frosting. The reason is that the frosting will get soggy and water once is frozen and defrosted, and the cake will be just not as pleasant. Therefore, freeze it without the frosting, and coat the frosting once defrosted the following day, just prior to serving. 

Key Lime Pie Poke Cake

Recipe Tips

  • Remember, just by using the lime the batter and the filling will not be green. If you want a deep green color, especially for St. Patrick’s Day, you will have to use some food gel coloring. Simply use a few drops it will be more than enough. 
  • Also, you can use lemons if desired.
  • In addition, if limes are not available, feel free to use bottled juice. 

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Key Lime Pie Poke Cake
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 12 slices
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hr


  • 1  box white cake mix plus ingredients to prepare the mix 
  •  Ingredients usually called for the cake mix: 
  • 4  eggs 
  • 1 cup  milk 
  • 1/3 cup  vegetable oil 


  • 3 cups  lime curd  (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 package  of 3 oz JELL-O lime flavor gelatin 
  • 1 1/2 cups  boiling water 

Lime Whipped Cream:

  • 2 cups  heavy whipping cream  (full fat and cold)
  • 4 tablespoons  sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract 
  • 1 tablespoon  lime juice 
  •  zest of 1 lime 


  •  Sliced lime 
  •  Lime zest 


Prepare White Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Grease and sprinkle with flour a 9-x-13 inch cake pan.
  3. Prepare white cake mix according to box instructions. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes and using the bottom of a wooden spoon, poke holes all over the cake.


  1. While the cake is cooling, mix gelatin with boiling water until gelatin is fully dissolved and pour the mixture all over the cake.
  2. Spread the lime curd evenly on top of the cake, making sure to get the filling inside the holes and at the corners of the cake.
  3. Let cool to room temperature.

Lime Whipped Cream:

  1. In a large bowl, beat all the ingredients until stiff peaks form.
  2. Using a spoon, scoop the lime whipped cream all over the cake and spread it with a spatula in an even layer. Smooth the top and refrigerate the cake overnight or for at least 8 hours before serving.
  3. Before serving, garnish with fresh lime zest and lime slices.
Calories: 484 Carbohydrates: 72 Protein: 10 Fat: 20 Saturated Fat: 10 Cholesterol: 177 Sodium: 439 Potassium: 132 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 55 Vitamin A: 195 Vitamin C: 8.3 Calcium: 176 Iron: 1.1
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Beth Pierce

This was the perfect cake for my husband's birthday this weekend; he loves key lime and this was spot on!


Sara Welch

I love making key lime pie because it means that summer has arrived! This looks like something from a bakery; can't wait to give this a try!


Melanie Bauer

Looks mouth watering! Such a cool and refreshing dessert and I'm so excited to try this!


Chrissie Baker

Yum! Key Lime is the BEST, especially in the summer!


Katerina @ diethood .com

Such a fantastic summer dessert!! YUM!!



Nothing screams summer treat more than this cake! So super easy to make. 


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