Strawberry margarita mix and lime zest make this cake as refreshing as the cocktail. Served straight from the fridge, it's the perfect summer treat.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 40 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
1 9x13-inch cake
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13-inch pan.

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  • In a large bowl, stir together cake mix, egg whites, oil, water and margarita mix. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

  • Stir lime zest into the Cool Whip®. Frost cooled cake and refrigerate until serving.

Nutrition Facts

247 calories; protein 2.2g; carbohydrates 30g; fat 13.4g; sodium 210.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
05/13/2006
I made the recipe mostly as written only a few changes made.. one I increased the amount of Strawberry Margarita mix and decreased the amount of water just by a little bit. I disagree that a boxed strawberry cake mix would be the same or easier. For one thing I could not find a strawberry cake mix when I shopped. And the margarita mix adds just that slight bit of tangy flavor that makes it taste well margarita-ish. The only other change I made was to add fresh halved strawberries on top. Oh and I tossed the lime zest with a tiny tiny bit of sugar. The cake was a hit. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/11/2006
Sorry...did not care for this cake. The flavor of the Strawberry Margarita mix just was not great with the cake. And the cake mix was not altered enough to not TASTE like a boxed mix. The coolwhip as a frosting didn't go well either. Won't be making this one again. If I get the urge for a Strawberry-Lime type cake I'll make a real Strawberry layer cake and put lime curd between the layers. Read More
(11)
37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
05/13/2006
I made the recipe mostly as written only a few changes made.. one I increased the amount of Strawberry Margarita mix and decreased the amount of water just by a little bit. I disagree that a boxed strawberry cake mix would be the same or easier. For one thing I could not find a strawberry cake mix when I shopped. And the margarita mix adds just that slight bit of tangy flavor that makes it taste well margarita-ish. The only other change I made was to add fresh halved strawberries on top. Oh and I tossed the lime zest with a tiny tiny bit of sugar. The cake was a hit. Read More
(48)
Rating: 4 stars
05/16/2003
The cake part tasted like a strawberry cake from a boxed cake mix. I would suggest just making a boxed strawberry cake mix and save the expense of the strawberry margarita drink mix. However the whipped topping spread on top and sprinkled with fresh lime zest was very attractive and perfect for summertime! Looked impressive and tasted very refreshing and wonderful! Read More
(47)
Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2007
LOVED the idea of a margarita cake i did a little changes i made a double layer 9in round cake and used 3/4 of the can of margarita mix for the cake mix. the remainder of the margarita mix was whipped with the cool whip and placed between the layers with a layer of fresh strawberries as well. the remainder of the cake was topped with cool whip the sides fresh strawberries and the top was the lime zest that was tossed in sugar. BEAUTIFUL cake that tasted GREAT!!! LADIES NIGHT loved it!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2003
I first made this for Father's Day (2002) and got rave reviews. I just made it last night for my monthly dinner group-more rave reviews! It's very light and moist - perfect after a "heavy" winter meal! I put strawberries cut in half on top of the frosting then cover with the zest. I promised to make this more often - my husband wants to take one to his office! Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
I use applesauce instead of oil and this makes the cake very moist. This cake is requested often and I never have any leftovers!! Read More
(12)
Rating: 2 stars
06/11/2006
Sorry...did not care for this cake. The flavor of the Strawberry Margarita mix just was not great with the cake. And the cake mix was not altered enough to not TASTE like a boxed mix. The coolwhip as a frosting didn't go well either. Won't be making this one again. If I get the urge for a Strawberry-Lime type cake I'll make a real Strawberry layer cake and put lime curd between the layers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2010
This was excellent! I tweaked mine a bit and added 1 tbs. lime juice to the water and it was a very nice blend! also made cupcakes instead of cake. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2008
I made this cake for my office Christmas party and it was by far the most talked about dessert there. I followed the directions precisely as stated and could not believe how moist and tasty that it was. All my female co-workers could not belive that I made it myself. It is definitely one that will be used again and again..... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2011
this recipe is AWESOME! i went with cupcakes since i love them and it's so fun to decorate them. i made them for a small cinco de mayo get together this year and they were a giant hit! i followed the directions listed and used a few of the suggestions that other folks through out there like mixed the lime zest with sugar and adding lime juice to the batter (i did the juice from half a large lime and would like to use more next time). I also added fresh strawberry slices to top my cupcakes off.:) The sugared lime zest and fresh strawberries really make this recipe! Read More
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