Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Cheesecake Factory Key Lime Cheesecake

Cheesecake Factory Key Lime Cheesecake is just so tart and tangy that it keeps your mouth watering from the first bite till the last! It has a tender graham cracker crust, a smooth cream cheese center, and fluffy whipped cream topping. And each layer has its own flavor! If you love citrus, cheesecake, and indulgent desserts, then this is one easy baked cheesecake recipe that you can’t afford to skip!

Cheesecake Factory Key Lime Cheesecake
Cheesecake Factory® key lime cheesecake is a splurge when eating out, but a cinch to make at home!

Don’t believe me? Check out this super easy baked cheesecake recipe that anyone can make.

All you need are a couple of common ingredients, a little bit of time, and boom: one easy key lime cheesecake the whole family will love, ready to go!

key lime cheesecake ingredients

Cheesecake Factory Key Lime Cheesecake

I’m a huge fan of Cheesecake Factory, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I have tons of copycat recipes that I can make whenever I want! And now you can, too.

This easy baked cheesecake is as simple as it gets, but what if you prefer no bake? I’ve got you covered there, too! Check out all of my no bake recipes from pies to cakes to simple treats.

Ingredients Needed for Cheesecake Factory Key Lime Cheesecake

  • Graham Cracker Crumbs - You can buy the crumbs ready to go, or get a couple of crackers and crush them yourself with a rolling pin.

  • Butter or Margarine - The purpose of this ingredient is to help form the crumb crust, so you can really use either butter or margarine. You could even use melted coconut oil!

  • Key Lime Juice - In my opinion, nothing compares to key limes when it comes to flavor and aroma! Regular lime juice works, too. And if you’re struggling to find fresh citrus in the winter months, concentrate is a perfectly suitable substitute.

  • Cream Cheese - Don’t forget the golden rule of cheesecake baking: let your cream cheese soften at room temperature before whipping!

  • Heavy Cream - For heavy cream, it’s the opposite! The colder it is, the easier it’ll be to whip. 

cream cheese cake batter in a bowl

Kitchen Tools You Will Need
  • Springform Pan - This is basically required for cheesecake. The ring sides pop off and make removing the cake easy and clean.
  • Stand mixer or large mixing bowl with hand mixer for whipping up your cheesecake filling.
  • A Sharp Knife - The best way to cut through a soft cheesecake is with a sharp knife that’s been run under hot water. Perfect slices with little mess!
  • A sturdy silicone spatula can be used for scraping, stirring, and smoothing and is easy to clean too! 

graham cracker crust for baked cheesecake in a springform pan

Cheesecake Factory Key Lime Cheesecake FAQ 

Can I substitute lime juice for key lime juice?

Generally, yes! You can substitute lime juice for key lime juice at a 1:1 ratio.

However, key lime juice is a bit more “limey”, so the dish might not taste the same. If you’re using regular limes and want a stronger flavor, you might want to add a bit of lime zest as well.

Is key lime cheesecake sour?

It certainly is a bit tart! Those who prefer a sweeter cake might want to add a bit more sugar to the batter and whipped topping.

How do I keep my cheesecake from cracking?

If you find your cheesecakes constantly cracking, crumbling, and coming out dry, then you are likely overcooking it.

It’s pretty easy to overcook a cheesecake. To properly conduct a “jiggle test,” gently tap or shake the springform pan.

When just the center wobbles, then the cheesecake is done! If you wait till the whole thing is firm, then you’ll definitely overcook it.

cheesecake batter in pan, before baking

Prep Ahead Instructions

  • Prepping the Batter: You can make the batter up to 2 days in advance. Just give it a good stir before baking!

  • Prepping the Whipped Cream: Whipped cream can keep for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Since this is the final ingredient, wait until the last minute to fluff it up with your mixer before serving!

  • Prepping the Crust: You can basically make the crumbs as early as you want! Stored properly in an airtight container, they shouldn’t get stale for at least a month.

How To Store Cheesecake Factory Key Lime Cheesecake 

  • In the Fridge: Keep lime cheesecake in the fridge for a maximum of 3 days. After that, the crust will fall apart.

  • In the Freezer: You can freeze leftovers for up to a month! Be sure to freeze slices individually (unless you’re freezing the whole cake to thaw later) and wrap them snugly in a double layer of plastic before storing.

  • To Thaw: Let individual slices, or a whole cake, thaw in the fridge instead of at room temperature: that’s just begging for bacteria! Plus, the parts that thaw first start to get mushy when they sit at room temp, while the center stays frozen. Gross!

cheesecake factory key lime cheesecake, unsliced


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slice of lime dessert on white plate

Yield: 8 - 12
Author: Donna Elick
slice of key baked cheesecake on white plate

Cheesecake Factory Key Lime Cheesecake

Cheesecake Factory Key Lime Cheesecake is a tasty, zesty spectacular that simply screams summertime. It’s sour, sweet, and easy to eat!
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 55 MinTotal time: 1 H & 5 M


  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice (or lime juice)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Combine graham crumbs, 3 tablespoons sugar and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan.
  3. Beat cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, and vanilla with Mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended.
  4. Gently blend in lime juice.
  5. Pour over crust.
  6. Bake 55 min. or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim.
  7. Refrigerate cheesecake 4 hours.
  8. Whip the heavy cream with the powdered sugar and vanilla and whip until stiff peaks form.
  9. Spread the whipped cream on top of the chilled cheesecake.
  10. Top with lime zest.
  11. Serve!

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Originally published May 2022


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