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Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

Oh my stars. This cake – moist citrus pudding cake with lime basil buttercream frosting – is A-MAZ-ING. I absolutely love lime basil cookies and lemon pudding cake (so many of y’all told me how much you loved both of those, too), so I thought I’d experiment with doing a blend of them and y’all. Holy moly. This zesty cake is SO yummy!

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

I know. Basil in a cake sounds a bit odd. But don’t knock it till you try it. Just like with my lime basil cookies, I’m sure my brother-in-law will ask me if we used lawn clippings to make this cake.

Yep, Aaron mowed the lawn and this cake was a result of it. With a little effort, you, too, can be so resourceful.

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

We like to live by a yard-to-table food philosophy around here.

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

If you’d prefer, you can easily turn these into cupcakes! Look how cute & fun!

Make this cake or these cupcakes for any occasion – a gathering, potluck, party, or just a treat to enjoy to make an evening with some family or friends a little extra special. This yummy cake will get everyone chattin’!

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

The recipe is at the bottom of the post, but I’ll show you – it’s super simple to throw together! You just make the cakes, churn the buttercream, add a little flair with some zest on top, and there you have it!

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

Yes, fresh lawn clippings basil leaves in the frosting makes this just so delightful.

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

Look how spongy that cake is! It is so dense and delicious!

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

Goes perfectly with a rich (yet some how light?) lime basil buttercream frosting!

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

Frost the top of the bottom layer in such a way that some of the frosting will come oozing out the sides when you place the second layer on top.

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

If you think about it, “oozing” is a very polarizing word. It either sounds delicious (i.e. in the context of dessert, especially chocolate, or in the context of melted cheese) or it sounds absolutely disgusting (basically every other context of that word).

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

In this context, it’s delicious. This cake oozes with flavor! I just can’t even begin to tell you.

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

We’d be here all the live long day if I fully described how yummy this cake is.

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

So just save yourself some time and go make it to taste for yourself.

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

Make these into mini cupcakes for easy sharing! This cake just looks so adorable as cupcakes, too.

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

You can just SEE all the flavor!

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

Go mow your lawn and make this moist citrus cake with lime basil buttercream frosting for your friends and family today!

Moist Citrus Pudding Cake with Lime Basil Buttercream Frosting - Incredibly Flavorful, Zesty, and Delicious

And if this isn’t enough to curb your sweet tooth, try these lime basil cookies.

Chewy Lime Basil Cookies - These zesty citrus cookies are absolutely delicious!

Or my most-very-favorite (flavorite?!) flavorful and moist lemon pudding cake.

Incredibly Moist and Delicious Lemon Pudding Cake (The Best Lemon Cake EVER)

Author: The American Patriette
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 12 pieces
Ingredients
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 5.1 oz box instant or Cook & Serve vanilla pudding
  • ½ c vegetable oil
  • ½ c whole milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 6 tbsp fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • Zest from 2 limes
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  • ICING:*
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 c powdered sugar
  • 4 tbsp lime juice
  • Zest from 2 limes
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil leaves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Lightly grease 2 round baking pans.
  3. Using a stand or a hand mixer, blend cake mix, pudding mix, and oil together.
  4. Pour in milk and continue to mix.
  5. Add eggs one at a time, mixing between additions.
  6. Add sour cream, lime juice, and zest.
  7. Mix until everything is thoroughly blended together, but DO NOT over mix.
  8. Pour cake batter into baking pans and place in oven for 25-30 minutes (check with a toothpick after 25 minutes to see if cakes are done or if they need a little longer in the oven).*
  9. Remove cake from oven and set on cooling racks in the baking pans.
  10. Remove cake from baking pans after about 10 minutes and allow to completely cool on a cooling rack.
  11. For the icing, cream together the butter and powdered sugar. Add lime juice, zest, and basil.
  12. Frost cake, top with lime zest and basil ribbons if desired, and enjoy!

 

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