My Key Lime Birthday Pie {made by Jake}

by Megan on January 1, 2012

Jake believes that if you burn yourself, while cooking, the meal is guaranteed to be good. He believes in wine, bacon, and rye bread. He also believes that nobody should be making their own birthday cake.

So this year, when my birthday rolled around, I opted for pie. And Jake made it! And it turned out dreamier than I even imagined!

It’s perfectly tart and so bright you’ve got to wear shades. So for your next birthday you should totally consider pie being your cake. Why not, right?

Key Lime Pie
Recipe From The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook


crust –

  • 1 lb. graham crackers
  • 1 stick + 6 T unsalted butter, melted

key lime filling –

  • 8 egg yolks
  • 2 (13 oz) cans condensed milk
  • freshly squeezed lime juice and zest from 5 limes
topping –
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  1. Make the crust. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease a 9-inch pie dish and set aside.
  2. Roughly break up graham crackers and put them in a food processor. Process until finely ground. Slowly pour the melted butter into the processor while it’s running. Press the mixture into the prepared pie dish. Use the ball of your hand or a glass to flatten it on the bottom and up the sides. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until deep golden and firm. Set aside to cool.
  3. Make the filling. Turn the oven down to 300°F. Whisk the yolks, condensed milk, lime juice, and zest until well incorporated. It will thicken naturally.
  4. Pour into the cooled pie crust and bake for 20-30 minutes. The filling will be firm to the touch but still very lightly soft in the center (not wobbly!). Let cool completely at room temperature. Chill for at least an hour or overnight if possible.
  5. Serve! When you’re ready to serve the pie, whip the cream, sugar and vanilla, together until soft peaks form. Spread over the pie and top with additional zest for garnish.

Elliot totally helped.

P.S. Last year Jake made me this Tiramisu Cake. It was also dreamy.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Mum January 1, 2012 at 12:13 pm

And it was so Delish..I always opt for pie!!!


Megan January 1, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Yes! Pie love is true love.


cindy January 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm

dude, this is just the prettiest birthday pie. way to be Jake!


Megan January 1, 2012 at 6:42 pm

It’s a total hottie. 🙂


heather January 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm

1. Birthday pie should be a thing!
2. Happy birthday to you!
3. That’s good man you’ve got there. The pie *does* look dreamy!
4. Elliot is killing me with cuteness, as usual.


Megan January 1, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Birthday pie totally should be a thing. And thanks! <3


hannah January 1, 2012 at 6:48 pm

THIS LOOKS SO GOOD. Perfect flavour combo!


Megan January 1, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Thanks, Hannah! Jake has skills.


kangli January 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Lucky you! Though I don’t mind baking my birthday cake instead of eating store bought ones, it would be nice if someone did it! Happy Birthday!


Megan January 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Thanks! Birthday treats are where it’s at.


Robyn {Planet Byn} January 2, 2012 at 10:06 am

happy happy birthday!


Megan January 2, 2012 at 10:41 am

Thanks, Robyn!


Jay January 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Oh my god. That is a jaw-droppingly good lookin pie. I’d marry that pie if I could. Holy bejesus. YUM. You are one lucky lady.


Jay January 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Oh sorry, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEGAN! Love your work.


Stephke January 4, 2012 at 10:19 am

Such a great pie!


onQue January 7, 2012 at 6:39 pm

my bday is 12/31. I knew i liked you for a reason! (other than your baking awesomeness, that is) 🙂


Sian the Green January 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

Gosh, that looks amazing. 8 egg yolks, I mean wow, that must be rich and delicious.

I love the new layout, it is looking so professional and your pictures are great (though I think that you may need to work on not just focusing on Jake’s tooshie 😉 (totally get that he may not want to get swept along in your fame really!) )


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