Saint Patrick’s Day Key Lime Cheesecake

key_lime_cheesecake3_by_sayitwithcake1For this Key Lime Cheesecake, I took a simple cheesecake and added Key Lime green swirls, along with a Key lime glaze on top.  I thought this cheesecake would be perfect to make for Saint Patricks day.  Its the perfect excuse to make everything green, even a key lime cheesecake!key_lime_cheesecake4_by_sayitwithcake




This cheesecake tastes perfect! It’s creamy, but not wet, tart, but not sour.  I think it has the perfect amount of key lime tartness and the graham cracker crust and whipped cream topping balance it out with sweetness.



The hardest part about making this cheesecake was worrying about baking it at the right temperature, and about not getting cracks in the top of the cheesecake.  I experimented with several recipes and decided that this one was the best.  The water bath really seemed to help make this cheesecake very creamy.  If you want to use a larger  9 inch springform pan, you can adjust the cooking time to 70 minutes.  At the last minute I had my husband run out and buy a turkey roasting bag because I was worried about water seeping in through the springform pan and through the tin foil.  The turkey bag worked perfectly and no water got in, yay! Thank you Hubby for all your late night runs to the store for my little baking adventures!!




Key Lime Cheesecake


  • Key Lime Cheesecake – adapted from
  • Ingredients:
  • Crust
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Filling
  • 2 1/2 sticks (20 oz. total) cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons key lime juice (6 tablespoons if using regular lime juice)
  • Glaze (adapted from Creative Culinary)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons key lime/lime juice
  • green food coloring if desired
  • Topping/Garnish
  • 1 cup heavy cream, whipped with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar (or make stabilized whipped cream)
  • Sliced key limes/limes


  1. Mix graham crackers, melted butter, and sugar in a medium bowl or plastic bag.
  2. Pour into a 7-inch spring form pan that’s been coated with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Carefully spread crumb mixture evenly over the bottom and press firmly all over.
  4. Cheesecake
  5. Put a layer of heavy duty aluminum foil on the bottom and up the sides of the spring from pan as a protective barrier to keep the water from getting into the cheesecake.
  6. I also like to put my pan into an oven-proof plastic turkey bag (top open) and then put it in the water bath, just to ensure I don’t get a soggy cheesecake.
  7. Preheat oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Place a large shallow pan filled with 1 inch of water into the oven to create the water bath.
  9. In a large bowl (or the bowl of a standing mixer), beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer on low speed.
  10. Gradually beat in the sugar, sour cream, flour, and vanilla until smooth.
  11. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  12. Add the eggs, 1/4 cup heavy cream, and lime juice and continue to beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  13. Pour the cheesecake filling into the spring form pan.
  14. Place the pan into the water bath in the oven.
  15. After 8 minutes, reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 40 minutes, or until filling is puffed, set, and light brown.
  16. Remove from oven and from the water bath, and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  17. Once cooled to room temperature, take the foil off, put a paper towel over the pan, and then cover with the foil (you can use a new piece of foil, but reusing is just as good).
  18. Refrigerate overnight.
  19. For the glaze,
  20. combine the sugar, cornstarch, water, and lime juice in a small pan.
  21. Mix until smooth.
  22. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  23. Cook for 3 minutes.
  24. Cool/chill until cool, but not set.
  25. Pour cooled glaze into the center and spread evenly with an offset or rubber spatula.
  26. Refrigerate until glaze is cold and firm.
  27. Pipe whipped cream around the top of the cheesecake, if desired Garnish
  28. with lime slices. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  29. Makes about 8 servings



Happy Saint Patricks Day!


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46 thoughts on “Saint Patrick’s Day Key Lime Cheesecake

    • Thank you Winnie! Where do you live? Here in San Diego its right by the Mexico border so there a lot of limes, wish I could send you some and also a slice 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

  1. Oh my, this looks beautiful and I’m sure it’s delish! I love citrus flavors, esp lime, and always, cheesecake. 🙂 Just found your blog and so happy I did! I’m a new follower and will check out other recipes.


  2. Wow that is so pretty! Pinned to my cake board. Would love for you to come and linkup tomorrow for the Let’s Get Real Blog Hop at 5pm EST.

  3. So pretty, Shamene, and yummy too! Thank you for sharing this at DIY Showcase on VMG206. I’m featuring your post today in my 10 St. Patrick’s Day Ideas Round Up!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  4. Hi,
    Just wanted to let you know I am sharing your wonderful post tomorrow in my 100 Something Green St. Patricks Day RoundUp with a link back to your original post plus pinned to my St. Patricks Day Board! Have a terrific weekend!
    Cathy from

  5. Just a quick question. Do you bake the graham cracker crust before filling the pan with the cheesecake mixture? Thank you! Gonna try this out later tonight!

  6. Shamene,
    Your cheesecake is beautiful. The color and flavoring are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and it looks so creamy! I would be thrilled if you would link up your cheesecake, and any other St. Paddy’s Day favorite’s to my “Get Your Blarney On” link party.
    Hope to see you there!

  7. Next to chocolate, cheesecake is my favorite! This looks delicious. I just created a St Patrick’s Day board just to put great recipes and inspiration like this on it 🙂 Thank you for linking up to our Lovely Ladies link party, I’ve included your cheesecake in a fabulous round-up on my blog if you’d like to check it out
    Happy St Patrick’s Day!

  8. This looks amazing!! The perfect recipe for my husbands birthday. He loves key lime cheesecake. Just a quick question, how do you get the marble colouring in the cheesecake? I looked over the directions but I think I’ve missed it somewhere.

    • Hi jordan! I just took out half of the batter and put green food coloring in it. Then I poured globs of each color one after the other and swirled it a little with a spoon. Hope that helps!

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