Glazed Key Lime Cakelets {made in vintage jello molds}


Lucky me, I found a set of 8 vintage jello molds in an antique shop in Petaluma – just right to bake and serve individual size cakes with a few berries thrown in to celebrate the last days of our Indian Summer.  We had a mini heat wave this week with the temperature  finally cooling off today, whew!  I’m ready for the cooler weather and even a few rainy days.  My friends who live in the Palm Springs area  generously send me a box of Key Limes from their backyard tree this time of year.  At least half the fun I have with them is figuring out what I want to make with my citrus treasure.  I found a recipe for a simple glazed lime cake that uses only 7 ingredients for both the cake and the glaze that was easily adapted to fill my other treasure- the set of vintage jello molds.  I had the swirls in the molds translated to baked cakelets coated with Key Lime glaze dancing in my head -I’m so easily entertained!There is something so appealing about having your own special cake, you don’t have to share and any leftovers are all yours.  Did I already mention?  You don’t have to share, that’s right-no sharing-just me and my own Key Lime glazed cakelet- all to myself!  Please pass the extra glaze and yes, I would love a few extra berries.
Here are the Key Limes basking in the sunlight of our heatwave, aren’t they pretty!?

Glazed Key Lime Cakelets made in vintage jello molds

Yield: 8 cakelets

Adapted from bon appetit desserts.


  • 1&1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2&1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1&1/3 cups self-rising flour, I used KAF
  • 12 Key limes
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Butter and flour or spray with baking spray 8 vintage jello molds or mini cake molds.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat together the butter and 1&1/2 cups powdered sugar until well blended.
  4. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time.
  5. Beat in the milk, then the flour.
  6. Divide the batter up between the 8 molds, smoothing down the tops.
  7. Bake the cakes for 20-25 minutes until cakes are golden color and a cake tester inserted comes out clean, place on metal rack to cool.
  8. Remove cakes from molds when cool enough to handle.
  9. Make the Lime Syrup
  10. While the cakes are baking, finely grate enough lime peel to make 1 tablespoon.
  11. Cut the limes in half and squeeze enough juice to measure 6 tablespoons.
  12. In a small bowl stir together the lime zest, juice and granulated sugar, set lime syrup aside.
  13. Remove 2&1/2 tablespoons of the lime syrup to another small bowl to reserve for the glaze.
  14. Using a tooth pick poke holes all over the warm cakes.
  15. Spoon remaining lime syrup all over the cakes.
  16. Cool cakes completely.
  17. Whisk the remaining 1 cup powdered sugar into the reserved 2&1/2 tablespoons of lime syrup and drizzle glaze over the cakelets.
  18. Let rest until the glaze sets, about one hour.

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  1. What a treasure, Patty! I’m so inspired by your creativity! I have a mini bundt pan, but these are so pretty!

  2. Lovely little cakelets, I love your molds and that luscious lime glaze. Have a great weekend! :)

  3. I have key limes going to waste in my yard, this sounds like the perfect use for them. we do make lime ade with them but you can only use so many.

  4. Yes, lucky you to have found those jello molds and also to have received such a tasty gift from your friends. These cakelets are so pretty and I’m imagining how they taste—gooood! :)

  5. Nice score, I was in Petaluma last weekend for an antique faire and I was bummed I didn’t come home with anything. I might have grabbed those molds too. I did duck in a few of the shops there and want to go back. Those key limes sound so good. I may have to see if any show up in my market. Have a great weekend.

  6. Individual cakes are brilliant! Yes, to the extra glaze on mine too, please. :D They’re absolutely lovely.

  7. Love these little cakelets and your little jello molds!! Absolutely beautiful! The cakes look delectable!

  8. Gorgeous little cakes, Patty! Don’t you love finding vintage bakeware? Such a treasure…and one that keeps on giving each time you bake with it. Thank you for sharing these little cakelets with me. What a genius idea!

  9. Adore those vintage jelly molds! Umm-umm-umm, I can’t resist a simple cake like this, because they are the best! Mouthwatering, indeed!

  10. I love individual servings… cakes, desserts… and in this case… the beauty lies in its simplicity!!

  11. What a great find! These cakelets sounds delicious.

  12. Love these little cakelettes, how wonderful to have your very own cake and the berries go perfectly with them too. You have got to try that pudding cake with those limes too, you will love it. Have a fabulous weekend Patty.

  13. Patty – I SO love those molds. Where did you find them?? These little cakes are simply perfect. Lovely photos!!!! Happy Weekend!

  14. My mouth waters terribly! These cakelets look so good! Love your vintage moulds too.

  15. Patty, isn’t it fun to find such treasures?…these mini vintage jell-o molds sure come in handy as little cake tins. Love them! The little cakelets are so adorable, totally inviting, refreshing and delicious! Thanks for sharing your adaptation of this fabulous recipe:) Have a wonderful Sunday!

  16. I agree. I like serving individual cakes and especially when they are so very pretty like yours. I have a few molds and will have to try this recipe. I haven’t had key lime in a long time.

  17. Vintage gello molds! I remember my mom has that in her kitchen – and she’s not a baker so I bet she was using it for some jello? I don’t recall her dessert but I have seen these molds. HOW PRETTY your cakelets are. I need to ask my mom to send them if I cannot find those “vintage” here. Key lime desserts are still new to me and I’ve only tasted once in my life. These cakes look beautiful and sound so delicous!

  18. I love the individual cakes. Anytime I get a whole dessert all to myself is a good day. My husband is a huge key lime fan, so I know these would go over well here!

  19. Hi Patty,
    What a great find! I need to find some like them so our desserts can be personal sized. The cakelets look so good!

  20. I have few mini bundt pans that I’ve never used. Your cakelets are tempting me Patty.

    p.s if you’re longing for cold weather you should pay me a visit, we already turned the heat on :(

  21. Martha in KS says:

    I just “found” you today thru a link on Browneyed Baker & I’m reading thru your entries. These little cakes caught my eye. I have 10 of these jello molds which I got at a garage sale for a dime apiece (the price tags are still on them). I used some to make orange jello with mandarin oranges for Thanksgiving. I never thought about baking in them. They’re aluminum – I suppose they would be safe for baking. Did you have concerns about putting them in the oven?

    • pattysfood says:

      Hi Martha, Thanks for visiting ;-). I’ve been baking with this type of vintage jello mold for years, they work great-just have to grease them really well as they can be a little sticky-Patty

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