Key Lime Cake with Pepitas


When I begin blogging in my wildest dreams did I ever expect to meet the coolest chicks, baddest dudes, funniest mommies and such loving people….I was pleasantly surprised this week to be awarded  two awards by two very fine ladies.  The Kitchen Masochist was ever so kind to give me a I Love you Blog award, how sweet of her…she said it was my butt tacos that drew her to my blog–oh a friendship over butt tacos- doesn’t get better than that?  She recently won The Chef it yourself Challenge with Beef with Corkwood Flowers and Chive Blossoms in Shallot Sauce  a big congrats to her for such a lovely plate of food.




Then a pleasant surprise from Denise who presents me with the Happy 101 award.  Denise is a wonderful mom who loves to cook and it clearly shows in each of her post. She was recently featured as a guest blogger at Lazaro Cooks (another great blogger) where she posted a recipe for Grilled Calamari, Chickpea and fresh basil Salad with Chili Lime Vinaigrette      congrats to her for such a original recipe.  


With this award I am to post 10 things that make me happy, only ten? I would need at least 1,000- but here we go..

1. I am happy to be married to my soul mate, my right hand, my supporter, my air, my love….love ya

2. I am happy to have a wonderful daughter- my first born, my mighty chef, my reading buddy, chuls you are a blessing and my soul would not be the same without ya

3. I am happy to have a wonderful daughter- my second born, my biggest comedian, my art fanatic, pips you are my little blessing and my heart was not content, but then you arrived and now it is ya

4. I am happy to have my family who I know will stick by me through success and failure..I love you all…

5. I am happy to live in Texas- I have loved you since birth, and I could never live anywhere else.. 

6. I am happy to have health

7. I am happy to live in my small apartment, knowing I will soon move home to my beloved house..

8. I am happy to have space in which I can cook wonderful meals to share with my family and friends..

9. I am happy to have a space to share all my inspirations, my trials and my silliness..

10. I am happy to be blogging….. 


So thank you sweet friends for these awards and I hope to meet many more friends through these wonderful spaces where we all come together to share our wonderful treats. So to my close friends, my new friends and my future friends I offer you a special treat. A treat with two of my favorite flavors –pepitas and  key lime.  A moist cake that is sprinkled with roasted pepitas  adding a nice crunch, the cake is cooled slightly and drizzled with key lime syrup. Enjoy!!   May you have a wonderful weekend.. 

 Key Lime Cake with Pepitas

by rick bayless– test ktichen

deb’s test kitchen

april newsletter from rick bayless


1 stick unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons grated key lime rind
1/2 cup toasted and salted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Key Lime Syrup
1/2 cup fresh squeezed key lime juice (approximately 12 key limes)
1/2 cup superfine instant dissolve sugar

 9-inch x 2-inch deep cake pan, buttered, bottom lined with parchment 


 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  

Cream the butter and  sugar in an electric mixer until soft and light.  Add the eggs and continue mixing until smooth.   In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder.  Add in thirds, alternately with the sour cream.  Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in the grated key lime rind.  Scrape the cake batter into the prepared cake pan and sprinkle the pepitas evenly over the top.  Place the cake on the middle rack and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. 

While the cake is baking, whisk together the key lime juice and superfine sugar in a small bowl.   Continue mixing until all the sugar is dissolved.  Set aside.

Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes.  Then, using a wooden skewer, poke holes all over the surface of the cake.  Spoon the key lime syrup evenly over the cake while it’s still warm.  You can unmold  the cake once it’s completely cooled.



  1. Katia says

    I was looking for a key lime cake…but I’m confused as to why all of your readers compliment you on this recipe as if it’s your original recipe, when it’s Rick Bayless’s recipe. I see that you link to his recipe in the title, but if people don’t notice that, then he may not get the credit that he deserves. I doubt you’ll publish this comment but it’s just a thought.

    • Vianneybonnie says

      Hello Katia thanks for stopping by, of course I would publish this comment. Anyone who stops by and takes the time to leave me a comment still to this day makes me happy. I strolled through the comments again on this recipe post and only found nice compliments on the award I was given. I had feedback for the cake, but they were from my blogger friends who know my love for Rick Bayless! take care and thanks for stopping by!

  2. says

    I love you’re married to your soul mate. That’s so awesome. And it’s so cute you have two little girls!

    And butt tacos…:)

    Where are you in Texas? I’m in San Antonio…

  3. says

    Well deserved awards. You have a fantastic blog. Glad to have met you. I find making new friends the most rewarding aspect of the blogging experience. Cheers!

  4. says

    There isn’t a more deserving blogger, congratulations. Your recipes and posts are always top-notch! That key lime cake looks particularly delicious!!

  5. says

    Congrats on the awards! Having a blog leads you to meet many lovely people… That’s what I love about blogging!

    A wonderful cake! I love the original topping!



  6. says

    Dear Bonnie – A worthier recipient these awards could meet not!
    Congratulations & I hope that I can always share your happy blogging journey…

    The cake looks wonderful and I always love the way you always throw in that healthy something as a form of redemption in the end!

    I love this heartfelt post. You have such a gift so thank you for sharing it with us!

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  7. says

    I, too, am amazed at the number of wonderful people I’ve met since I began blogging three years ago. Congrats to you on your recognitions. And the cake? Looks and sounds fabulous. What a wonderful combo of flavor!

  8. says

    Congratulations on your two awards! Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?
    And your happy things made me smile…Blogging makes me so happy too!

  9. says

    Congratulations Bonnie! your really deserve the awards for all your wonderful work. Coming here always brightens up my day and I’ve been dying to make a lime cake for ages.

  10. says

    Sweet post :) I loved reading the 10 reasons that make you happy…

    I have filed away your cake recipe… my hubby loves key lime pie, so I think he would enjoy this cake. The crunch from the pepitas is a nice touch that I am curious to taste.

  11. says

    all of your reasons for happiness brought a smile to my face – and you certainly deserve the awards!!
    I’ll have to peep the recipe – I think I know of where I’ve got some pepitas to use in it 😉 Thanks again, bonnie – have a great night!

  12. Vianneybonnie says

    @KM pepitas and watermelon seed oh please if you ever fighure out their recipe, please share I would love to have such a recipe hugs

    @Stella well then I’m going to be goregous, I eat them by the bucketloads…

    @joanne – oh honey thanks so much, I was blown away when I found your blog..your such a talneted writer and your stories–the lady at the gym..classic

  13. says

    Lovely textures. Thanks for the virtual hospitality and the such a sweet post.

    There’s a cheesecake that they sell at this one pastry shop over here with pepitas and watermelon seeds. It’s sooo good and they provide such a great counterpoint to the cake’s richness. I’ve been trying to figure out how they make it.

  14. says

    Hey Bonnie, this cake sounds nice! I love the pepitas as topping-my Mom says they make your skin look good the next day if you eat a lot of them (I don’t know how much ‘a lot’ is-smile).
    Congrats on the awards-you deserve it for sure. Oh, and I thought Denise’s dish on Lazaro’s blog was very special too-unique and tantalizing for sure. I’m keeping my eye open for fresh squid now…

  15. says

    This is the sweetest post! I have loved meeting you through blogging and all of your posts never fail to lift my spirits.

    This cake looks delicious and so original. Key limes and pepitas? Who would have thought?

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