Copycat Cheesecake Factory Key Lime Cheesecake

Key Lime Cheesecake


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This savory cheesecake recipe is infused with Key Lime flavor in its frosting and batter! Try this dessert for a flavorful experience like you'd get from a Cheesecake Factory restaurant!

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Chicago IL

Time needed

20 min preparation + 1.5 hour cooking

Serving Size / Yield

10 servings


  • 1 C graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 1/2 Tbs unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 Tbs sugar, plus 1 1/2 cups
  • 2 1/2 lbs cream cheese, softened
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • Zest from 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbs all-purpose flour
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 C sour cream
  • Frosting:
  • 1/2 C butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 tsp Key lime zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 16 oz powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbs Key lime juice
  • 1 to 2 Tbs. milk

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Preheat oven to 375º.

Butter the bottom of a large springform pan. To make the cake crust, mix cracker crumbs, butter and one and a half tablespoons of sugar in a large bowl. Press the mixture onto the bottom of the pans and bake in the oven until browned to make crust. After pan cools, butter its sides.

Lower oven temperature to 350º.

To make cake filling, combine cream cheese, 1 and a half cups of sugar, zests, and vanilla extract in a bowl, beating with a mixer until it becomes light and creamy. Thicken by mixing in flour, and then mixing in eggs and additional egg yolks. Finally, mix in sour cream until filling is smooth, then pour over the crust in the pan.

Wrap the pan in foil, and place in a large roasting pan halfway full with hot water. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes, then remove cake and refrigerate overnight.

Before serving, beat frosting ingredients together in a bowl with electric mixer until creamy and fluffy, then spread over cheesecake.

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