Cheesecake FactoryKey Lime Cheesecake by Todd Wilbur

Total Time
1hr 25mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr

From People will beg you to make this again and again! I found this one in a copy cat recipe book. I decided to try it because Cheesecake Factory makes awesome cheesecakes... and this turned out sooo yummy! Great in the summer time.... or any time. Rich and creamy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Make crust by combining the graham crackers with the butter and 1 tbs sugar.
  3. Stir so that all is coated with butter, but keep it crumbly.
  4. Press the crumbs onto the bottom and about half way up the side of an 8 inch springform pan. You don't want the crust to form all the way up the back of the cheesecake slices.
  5. Bake for 5 minutes and set aside until you are ready to fill.
  6. In large mixing bowl, combine sugar, vanilla, and cream cheese and blend with electric mixer until smooth.
  7. Add lime juice and eggs and continue to beat until smooth and creamy.
  8. Pour the filling into the pan and bake for 60-70 minutes. If you notice top of cake turning light brown, cheesecake is done. Remove from oven and cool.
  9. When cheesecake has cooled to room temperature, put it into the refidgerator. Once cheesecake has chilled (approx 45 minutes later), remove the pan sides and cut cake.
  10. Serve with whipped cream if desired.
  11. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

Made this with the additon of salt per TaterBug! :)'s review. I reduced the sugar just the slightest bit and it was wonderful, not too sweet and not sour, perfect lime flavor. I may try some zest in the filling next time, but otherwise wouldn't make any additional changes. Tip: To avoid cracks, when the cheesecake is finished baking, turn off the oven, remove from oven and run a knife around the edges of the springform pan to "release" the cheesecake from the sides, return to oven and leave oven door open a few inches, until cooled.

Larawithoutau February 28, 2013

Great recipe, thank you for posting. I have two suggestions that make this recipe even better. First, add 1 full tablespoon of lime zest and it adds a lot of flavor to the cheesecake. Also this recipe is missing salt which makes sweet taste sweet. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the cheesecake mixture and 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the crust mixture. It really makes a huge difference.

TaterBug! :) May 09, 2008

Excellent recipe. I don’t think it’s a copy cat (doesn’t taste like the cheesecake from the CK factory but it’s really good anyway). Be sure to really blend this up well to make it smooth (I use both the regular mixer and then a whisk on my KitchenAid). Then it’s not really like a typical baked cheesecake but smooth). I’ve also added a half cup of whip cream to the base to make it smoother and more like a keylime pie.

ANDREW R. November 11, 2005