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Celebrate Spring {Recipe: Blackberry Lime Sunshine Cake}

Blackberry Lime Sunshine Cake www.dineanddish.net

 This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner, Renee Simmons!

I’ve been complaining a lot about the weather lately. I mean, do you blame me? Snow in May? That’s a bunch of craziness! I’m so ready for spring like weather… flip flops, warm sunshine, outdoor patio playing, chalk drawing, driving with the windows down and music blaring… all of that. Having my heater on in May is not my idea of spring!

Luckily, my friends at Pillsbury have come up with some tasty spring like cake mix and frosting flavors – so even when it’s cold and dreary outside, it can be bright and sunshiny in your kitchen!Puddle Jumping

I’m trying to look at the bright side (pun intended)… there are certainly some fun ways to celebrate crazy weather without letting it ruin your plans.  When you want a sunny day, but the rain is falling down, head outside with rain boots, umbrellas and jackets and jump in the puddles! Another idea is to plan an indoor picnic. Spread a blanket on your living floor and enjoy your indoor picnic! The good news – it’ll hopefully be ant free! Finally, to bring a little sunshine in your life on an otherwise rainy day, embrace it and bake something that reminds you of spring weather – like this Blackberry Lime Cake!

Blackberry Lime Cake dine & dish

Pillsbury Baking seasonal mixes & frostings wants to share some spring like baking fun with one lucky Dine & Dish reader!

Giveaway Details

One lucky Dine & Dish reader will win:
·         One box each Summer Seasonal Cake & Cookie Mixes

·         Frostings (1 each of Creamy Supreme Key Lime and Creamy Supreme Orangesicle)

·         $50 dollar Visa or American Express gift card

·         Total estimated giveaway value: $60

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite rainy day weather activity!

For additional entries, share a link with info about this giveaway on any of your social media outlets. Return to this post and leave a comment letting me know where it was shared. Each place you share it will grant you an additional entry. PinterestTwitterFacebookGoogle+, etc are all great places to spread the giveaway love! You can easily share by using the buttons at the end of this post.

Entries must be received by midnight CST on Friday, May 17th, 2013. Winner will be chosen via Random.org and notified via valid email address.

Now, on to the recipe:

Blackberry Lime Cake 3


Blackberry Lime Sunshine Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12

Blackberry Lime Sunshine Cake

The flavors of blackberry and key lime shine in this spring like Sunshine Cake dessert. Recipe adapted from Strawberry Sunshine Cake


  • 1 15.25 ounce box Pillsbury Key Lime Cake Mix cooked according to package directions.
  • 1 3oz package black cherry gelatin (or blackberry if your store carries it)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup ice water
  • 1 pint fresh blackberries
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • Additional blackberries for garnish


  1. Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions, using 2 9-inch round cake pans. Cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Add ice water and stir. Place bowl in ice water for about 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Fold in blackberries and 1/2 cup whipped topping.
  3. Place bottom layer of cake on a large cake server.
  4. Spread half of gelatin mixture on top of bottom cake layer. Then, top with remaining cake layer. Top with additional gelatin mixture. Complete by topping with remaining whipped topping. Garnish with blackberries. Refrigerate leftovers.
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Disclosure: This post and giveaway is sponsored by Pillsbury. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. What a beautiful cake, Kristen! Definitely makes any rainy day more bright!

  2. Beautiful cake!

    On rainy days I like to read books and drink too much coffee.

  3. Curling up with a good book and a Diet Coke.

  4. Wow, that cake is gorgeous and sounds so refreshing! I love the idea of an indoor picnic! My favorite rainy day activity is watching movies. I love the sound of rain outside while I’m huddled up with my puppy watching TV!

  5. I tweeted!

  6. This is a gorgeous cake! I love to curl up and read a book when it’s raining. I’m still waiting for the rain – we’ve hardly had any!

  7. Ashley C says:

    We love to do puzzles :)


  8. Love to spend a rainy day reading.:)

  9. I like to stay inside and play board games

  10. This cake is epic!

    Also, so happy I found your gorgeous blog today! I love it here!

  11. April was in CT now CA says:

    I love to curl up with my Kindle and read on a rainy day.

  12. Sweet looking cake, my fav rainy day activity….catching up on my reader ;)

  13. We love playing card games,, board games and reading, endlessly reading!

  14. Jessie C. says:

    We like baking and having indoor camping.

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