As a professional pastry chef, I feel a bit ashamed for admitting that there is a time and place for ingredients that come in a box with vibrant food coloring. Things like, well, Jell-O. What I’m not ashamed to say is, many of us enjoy the taste of nostalgia and nothing beats the flavor of a childhood summer. It’s my little dirty secret in this cake recipe and happens to be my most requested dessert every birthday. From strawberry to lime, the flavor is unbeatable and yields the most moist delicious cake that cuts clean and freezes like a dream.
For this particular occasion, my husband’s birthday, I picked a fresh batch of mint and was inspired by our love for the Cuban muddled citrus libation. So, I surprised him with a key lime mojito layer cake that he now claims is his absolute favorite. I hope this recipe can bring the same joy to one of your loved ones and their special event.
*Sigh* You know, it’s okay to use box cake mix every once in a while. I’m not saying you should, but if you must, then I support it 100%. In fact, it has made this recipe shine in the past when I was in a pinch. It’s a quick drop in replacement for the dries, just make sure to use white or yellow mix. I promise, I won’t tell.