I absolutely LOVE lime! I knew a perfect combination would be lime filling, cream cheese and a citrus cake, so I came up with this creation. It fit the bill! This may look a bit involved, but it really is easy and you can do the steps at your convenience throughout the day and refrigerate the lime filling and cream cheese mixture. Then assemble when you are ready!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 pan. Mix all of the ingredients, just for the cake, and pour batter into greased pan. Bake for 35-40 mins, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean, and cake is golden. Cool COMPLETELY (you can bake the night before). Just before assembling dessert, cut into 1 inch cubes.
For Lime filling , in a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar, 2 1/2 Tbls. cornstarch, dash of salt. Stir in 1 cup cold water, 2 beaten egg yolks, 1 tsp. lime peel and 3 Tbls. lime juice. Cook over med. heat until bubbly and thick. Add food coloring, if desired.
In a separate bowl, mix softened cream cheese and 2 cups of powdered sugar until smooth. Add sour cream, lime or lemon extract. Set aside. In another bowl, whip cream and 1 Tbl. sugar until peaks form. Fold into cream cheese mixture.
Begin layering in a see-through glass bowl, spreading evenly cream cheese mixture, followed by cake cubes, lime filling, cream cheese mixture, etc. ending with cream cheese mixture, a little lime filling and a bit of lime peel... Sprinkle coconut, according to your tastes, in between every layer, just a little on top, or none at all! This is a pretty dessert, fine for company or every day dinner.