Lime Kissed Cheesecake


This cheesecake will steal the limelight at a summer party! This cake looks beautiful garnished with a stem of featherleaf fern.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Additional Time:
1 day 1 hrs
Total Time:
1 day 2 hrs 50 mins
1 9-inch cheesecake



  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest

  • 1 egg yolk, beaten

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice


  • 5 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 6 eggs, room temperature

  • 1 cup fresh lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 8 slices lime


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Combine 1 cup sifted flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, and butter with a pastry blender to make coarse crumbs. With a fork, mix in the lime peel, egg yolk, and 1 teaspoon lime juice. Dough will have a paste-like consistency. Cover the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan with the crust mixture. Bake in preheated oven until slightly brown, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

  3. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

  4. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, 1 1/2 cups white sugar, and 1/2 cup flour; beat until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated before adding the next egg. Mix in 1 cup lime juice, vanilla extract, and salt. Beat until smooth. Pour filling into prepared crust.

  5. Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes. Reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Bake until center of the cheesecake doesn't wiggle when the pan is gently shaken, about 1 hour. Remove cake from oven and cool on wire rack.

  6. Release spring on the outside rim after 1 hour of cooling time, but do not remove the sides. Loosening the spring will help to prevent the cake from cracking. If you remove the rim, the cake will not hold its shape. Chill the cake several hours before serving. Cake develops better flavor if chilled overnight.

Cook's Note:

To Garnish: Separate a featherleaf fern down the middle rib to give tiny "fernettes." Arrange on top of the cheesecake with the point of each "fernette" towards the outside edge of the cake. Arrange lime slices in the center of the ferns, reserving one slice for the top of the alternating slices.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

612 Calories
43g Fat
46g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 612
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 43g 55%
Saturated Fat 26g 132%
Cholesterol 233mg 78%
Sodium 561mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 9mg 43%
Calcium 100mg 8%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 197mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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