Friday, June 12, 2009

Key Lime and White Chocolate Cake Squares and Foodie Friday



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I needed a cake that would travel well. I wanted a cake that was out of the ordinary. Somewhere between want and need I stumbled on these lovely cake squares by Peggy Trowbridge Filippone. These buttery gems are a perfect mix of sweet and tart. The flavor of key limes combined with the richness of white chocolate produces a dessert that is rich, moist and memorable. For maximum flavor I urge you to use key limes. If they aren't available use Persian limes. The important thing is to give this recipe a try. It is really easy to do. To make them even more delicious, cover the bars with a white chocolate ganache instead of dusting them with powdered sugar. If you are looking for something so simple that it's sophisticated I urge you to give this signature dessert a try.

Key Lime White Chocolate Cake Squares...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick (8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup) butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1-1/2 teaspoons grated Key lime zest (about 3 Key limes - zest first, then use them for the juice)
1 tablespoon (1 to 2 Key limes) fresh Key lime juice (see Note)
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 cup white chocolate chips

Key Lime Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons (about 3 Key limes) fresh Key lime juice
Additional powdered sugar (optional)

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with non-stick foil or grease liberally with butter.
2) Blend flour, baking powder, and salt together in a small bowl. Set aside.
3) In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together with a mixer, beating until blended. Add eggs, 1-1/2 teaspoons Key lime zest, and 1 tablespoon Key lime juice.
4) Into butter-cream mixture in large bowl, add 1/3 of flour mixture, stirring by hand until combined. Add 1/3 of buttermilk, stirring until combined. Continue alternating one-third of each until all is mixed well. Fold in white chocolate chips.
5) Spread batter evenly in pan. It will be thick. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Spread Key Lime Glaze (instructions below) evenly over top of warm cake and cool to room temperature. Just before serving, cut into serving pieces, and sift powdered sugar (optional) over top of the pieces. Serve immediately. Yield: 16 servings.

Key Lime Glaze:
While the cake is baking, whisk powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons Key lime juice together until combined and smooth. Use to glaze warm cake.

I'm sending this recipe to Michael at Designs By Gollum for Foodie Friday, the event she sponsors.

57 comments:

Chandy said...

Looks and sounds divine! I'll try this for when my dh comes back from his travels. Thanks!

Beach House Dreamer said...

They look gorgeous!

Juliana said...

Wow, key lime and white chocolate...cannot go wrong...the combination of these two flavors must be heaven...yummie! Great picture!

imjacobsmom said...

Sounds refreshingly good. I'm craving the tartness of the limes now. ~ Robyn

Fifi Flowers said...

YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!

My Little Space said...

They look so delicious! Can I have a bite?

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

I've made a lot of key lime desserts, but never one with white chocolate! The combination sounds spectacular and is sure to be a hit with my guests at the hut. Thanks Mary, as always!

Katy ~ said...

Beautiful presentation!! I love the flavor of limes. Simple and sophisticated, words that are music to my ears. Copying and saving! YUM

Donna-FFW said...

This sounds and looks terrific. Key lime and white chocolate mustbe wonderful together.How in the world are your squares so darned perfect!!

Debbie said...

Thanks for this recipe. I will be trying it. It looks irresistable!!!

Natashya said...

They do look really tasty, I have never had a key lime before (and have never even heard of Persian ones!) - we don't get choice in Canada, just regular limes.

oneordinaryday said...

Your blog always pulls me in with your wonderful photography. You do a great job.

Martha said...

I will give these a try -- they look yummy!

Hootin' Anni said...

Girlfriend? You always make me drool with your choice recipes. Yummy.

pigpigscorner said...

Looks very moist and delicious! I love white choc but have never paired it with key lime.

Joyce said...

Interesting and I will try this for sure since I love any citrus type recipe and your post had me at Key Lime but the white chocolate really hooked me in:) How I adore desserts!
Joyce

Netts Nook said...

I love key lime using the white chocolate sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

Taste of My Life said...

Hi Mary,
The combination of White Choc and Key Lime is great! It is looking so fresh!

lisaiscooking said...

Your cake looks incredible! I have to try this. White chocolate and key lime sounds fantastic.

Katherine Aucoin said...

Looks like that cake will travel well to my house! = )

This look so pretty Mary and I love anything with key lime in it.

Deborah said...

This sounds wonderful! And I just saw key limes on sale at my grocery store the other day!

girlichef said...

Wow, they sound so simple and delicious! What a great weekend cake...hope yours is wonderful!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

key lime and white chocolate! oh goodness..where is my shopping list! I need to try these..so I can take them to our next family gathering! Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

Maria said...

I have to make these for my hubs, he loves lime! Great recipe, thanks!

Linda said...

Mary, that looks fabulous - pass me over a serving! By the way, adorable grandsons! Oh, yeah, you are right about the fashion industry convincing teenage girls to wear what we consider maternity tops! Linda

Mary said...

Juliana, welcome to One Perfect Bite. I hope you'll visit often.

Susan said...

Oh my goodness! I think I have found the best combination in the world in a cake. Thank you so much. This wil have to be tried soon.

Mary said...

Pig pig, I'm so glad you found us. I hope you'll come often.

Mary said...

Taste of My Life, welcome. I hope you'll visit often.

Mary said...

Natashya, the limes from the market will be fine.

The Blonde Duck said...

I'd love to just sit in your kitchen and learn.

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Wow, this is simple and elegant. Perfect for a tea party. Can't wait to try it!

Lynda said...

I love the combination of lime and white chocolate... this cake will be a winner in my house! Thanks for sharing this, Mary; I can always use more easy desserts!

the ungourmet said...

This look so light and delicious. I love lime and white chocolate flavors together! Very Nice!

Sharing with Sherri said...

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

This cake looks so delicious! citrus and chocolate... two of my favorites !!

Thanks for sharing your recipe!
Have a nice weekend!!
Sherri:)

Kristen said...

This looks so wonderful - I am going to try it in cupcake form!

Boo-Bah said...

Sounds like a divine combination of flavors. I love lime, not sure about white chocolate but I am going to try it.

Iris

Mama said...

Mary, these look so delicious and so does your buttermilk ice cream with lemon zest, I am so hungry right now lol, beautiful, Happy weekend, Kathy.

ellen b. said...

Hi Mary,
This cake looks like it would melt in my mouth. In fact I wish it was melting in my mouth right now :0)

Mary said...

Hi Mma, I'm so glad you found us. I hope you'll visit with us often.

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Yum! These look wonderful.

Laura said...

Oh wow these look good. I am bookmarking right now!

Lori said...

Sounds so yummy and refreshing.

haleysuzanne said...

What a great flavor combo! I like that you use white chocolate instead of the standard coconut to pair with the lime.

Bridgett said...

My husband would be so happy if I made these! I love the fresh flavor of the limes. Perfect for a warm summer evening snack.

Gollum said...

My two favorite things, key lime and white chocolate. Oh, this is divine! Come back to another Foodie Friday and bring us more!
XX 00

Kathy said...

Looks heavenly!!!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Looks wonderful...I enjoyed reading your blog tonight....Love it when I have time to do blog hopping...I always enjoy finding new blogs!
This month I am posting on our Disney trip.

Nancy Jane said...

Made these this past weekend and they are beyond scrumptious and bordering on heavenly! What a different and delightful dessert. Planning on making them again for book club on Wednesday, and maybe for our church picnic this weekend. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Nancy

Anonymous said...

I made these on the weekend for a girl's afternoon Margarita party and they were a big hit. The combination of key lime and white chocolate was delicious, not too sweet and just the right ending after drinks and appetizers.

I will definitely being making this cake again.

Thank you for such a great recipe!

Mary said...

Anonymous, I'm so glad you were pleased with the recipe. We aim to please!

Dana said...

Made this for a birthday party last weekend and it was a huge hit! Perfect for summer - not overly sweet or cloying, just a little tart and pleasantly springy.

Linda www.mykindofcooking.com said...

We went to our friend's house for dessert on Thanksgiving Day. My friend had found your blog, by clicking on a comment you had left on my blog, http://www.mykindofcooking.com. Her daughter made this recipe for dessert on Thanksgiving, along with the traditional pumpkin pie. Your Key Lime and White Chocolate Cake Squares were a big hit! Everyone loved them!

Tracie said...

Recently found your wonderful blog and have these in the oven as I type this. Was wondering if these would freeze well? I don't have alot of experience baking - so not sure what sort of things I could freeze and what wouldn't hold up well. If anyone knows - I would appreciate a hint! Thanks!!

Mary said...

Tracie, these freeze reasonably well. I would recommend not sprinkling them with powdered sugar if they are going into the freezer. When ready to serve, thaw them and sprinkle. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

The Cupcake Criminal said...

I tried this already in cupcake form and it was such a hit! I posted it on my blog and linked it back to you. I was wondering though I wanted to make them again minus the chocolate would that mess up the recipe?

Anonymous said...

I would like to make this in cupcake form. How would I bake them? Shorter time? Same oven temp? Thanks!

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