This Key Lime Icebox Cake is a refreshing, creamy dessert that everyone is going to love! Layers of graham crackers and a fabulous creamy lime filling made with sweetened condensed milk. It’s the perfect summer dessert!
It’s getting hot here in Utah which means there are going to be many days when I don’t want to turn my oven on, but want a yummy treat.Enter this Key Lime Icebox Cake. It’s cool, refreshing, light and perfectly tangy. Oh and did I mention it has sweetened milk in it? We all know how I feel about that stuff 😍.
I think Key lime anything is one of those flavors that screams “summer”, don’t you? Especially those days that are so hot and dry that all you want to do is lay next to a pool or right in front of your air conditioner.
This dessert is seriously the perfect summer dessert.
What is the difference between Key limes and regular limes?Key limes grow in the Florida Keys and tend to be small with a distinctive lime flavor that is tart, but not too acidic Grocery store limes, generally speaking, are Persian limes, which are larger and tarter than key limes. Persian limes have a thick, bright green skin, and Key lime skin is thin and tends to be a little on the yellow side.
Can I substitute regular limes for key limes?
What about using bottled key lime juice?
I’ve never bought or used bottled key lime juice, so I can’t give you my opinion on this, but Google can and the reviews were definitely mixed. Some food bloggers and food sites said bottled key lime juice was just as good as using fresh, and others said don’t compromise by using bottled stuff, that fresh was so much better. I think it’s going to be a personal preference here. I have used bottled lemon juice many times and it’s great, but I do think fresh lemon juice is always better, so I’m thinking I’d feel the same about lime juice.
Can I halve this recipe?
Yes, in fact unless I’m taking this to a family party or get together I make half of the recipe for my family. Use an 8×8 dish and it works perfectly. (You can see from the pictures, I made it in an 8×8 this time.) JUST REMEMBER YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS THE NIGHT BEFORE BECAUSE IT’S BEST IF IT CHILLS OVERNIGHT!
You are seriously going to love this dessert!
Recipe Source: Adapted slightly from Taste of the South Magazine July/August 2020