Key Lime Ice Cream

Ok now that I’ve found key limes, I’ve been on a kick. I asked my friend, Google, for key lime ice cream recipes and for once he pretty much failed me. I found 1 and it used limeade!, corn syrup, buttermilk, and sweetened condensed milk. I did not care for the sound of that. So I decided to make up my own recipe. It’s based on a simple, no-cook, vanilla ice cream recipe. I think it turned out pretty good. Enjoy!


Key Lime Ice Cream

  • 1 Tbsp key lime zest
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice (this takes a pound or more of lime)
  • 1/4 cup key lime liqueur (optional but it added a lot of flavor)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/8 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp vanilla


Zest enough of the limes to get about 1 Tbsp of zest, more if you want more lime flavor. Juice the limes until you get 1/2 cup. Combine the zest, milk and powdered sugar. Beat until the sugar dissolves, this is why I used powered sugar as it dissolves easily. Add the heavy cream, lime juice, vanilla, and key lime liqueur. Beat to combine.

Put it in the freezer for about 20 minutes, this will give it a head start when you put it in your ice cream maker. I have a small Cuisinart ice cream maker, it cost me $35 at Costco and has more than paid for itself. Mix until it solidifies, put it in containers and freeze until firm.

Key Lime Pound Cake with Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

So a friend of mine posted this recipe to my Facebook page, suggesting I give it a try. And clearly he wanted some key lime pound cake. I was totally up for the challenge. The first challenge was finding key limes! Being in the Pacific NW, they’re not as readily available as one might think! So after consulting the hive-mind of Facebook, I found them at QFC. I picked up a 1lbs bag and off to the kitchen I went. I did modify the original slightly, cut down the sugar for one. Also I added a little key lime liqueur. It turned out delicious. However I will be modifying the frosting recipe in the future. It’s good but I’d like it to have more lime flavor. Enjoy!

Key Lime Pound Cake

  • 4 sticks unsalted butter at room temp (hence the name, pound cake)
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs at room temp
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 lbs fresh key limes, zested and juiced
  •  1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup key lime liqueur
  • 1 Tsp real vanilla extract


Preheat your oven to 300°. Spray 2 loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray.

Using a stand mixer on medium-high, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Lower the speed to medium and add the eggs one at a time and beat until incorporated. Don’t worry if it starts to look like cottage cheese. Add the juice, milk, zest, vanilla and key lime liqueur and beat until combined.

Lower the speed to medium-low and add the flower 1/2 cup at a time. Beat until light and fluffy again, shouldn’t take more than 2-3 minutes. Pour evenly into the bread pans. I like to line mine with a little parchment paper as it makes taking them out so much easier. Bake for 1 hour and 20 to 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 8 oz packages of cream cheese at room temp
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter at room temp
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup key lime liqueur
  • 1 Tsp real vanilla extract


In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter on high until light and fluffy. Lower the speed to medium and add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Beat until well combined. Add the key lime liqueur and vanilla, beat until well combined. Frost the tops of the cooled loafs and serve.