Bar #86: Cherry Lime

Cherry and lime…the perfect flavor marriage for summer.  Wrap those flavors up in a yummy bar with a buttercream frosting and you have yourself a great bar.  A little tart, a little sweet and a whole lot of delicious.  Enjoy!



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1 box white cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
the zest and juice of one large lime (about 2 tablespoons of both zest and juice)
1 1/2 cups cherry preserves
 1/2 cup butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease (I use Pam) a 9×13 baking dish.

In a large mixing bowl, combine your cake mix, vegetable oil and 2 eggs with an electric mixer.  Beat in one tablespoon lime zest. Once smooth, pour half of your batter into prepared baking dish and spread out to form an even layer.

Drop tablespoons full of your cherry preserves down over the first layer.  It doesn’t have to spread out over the entire layer because during the baking process, it will melt and cover.

Take the other half of your cake batter and dot it around the top of the cherry layer.  It won’t spread all the way across, just drop big dots of batter all of the top.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until the bars are pretty much set in the center.  Remove bars from oven and cool completely before frosting.

To make your frosting, beat the butter, powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of lime juice together with an electric mixer.  Beat in your remaining tablespoon of zest.  Add more powdered sugar if the frosting is too thin or more juice if it’s too thick.

Frost cooled bars.

 Store in the fridge when not enjoying.

Happy eating friends!

xoxo

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  • Anonymous May 10, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Hi Shay!
    I recently made your strawberry muffins, strawberry lemon bread, and blueberry banana bread and I thought I should tell you how amazing they were!! I couldn't stop eating them! I don't know how you do it, but these cakes were so amazing, moist, and so quick to put together. I don't know if you take requests, but if you can, please make a pineapple strawberry bread!! As you can see, I really like those kinds of fruity breads because they are just perfect for May and for the summer!
    Thank you for your amazing recipes! My family is definitely enojoying them 🙂

    • Anonymous May 10, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      I second that! Fruity breads are just PERFECT for this time of year. And strawberry pineapple bread sounds like a great combination. Will you do it Shay? Pleeeease!

  • KellyinPA May 30, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Making these bars tomorrow for our small group. I love cherry and lime, hope everyone else does too!;)