How to Make Beachy Key Lime Pie for Shark Week

By AT&T Digital Media Productions editorial team


Beachy Mini Key Lime Pies

Key Lime Pie

Florida is home to more sharks than any other state. What better dessert bite for your Shark Week party than the state’s classic key lime pie? These mini handheld desserts are a hit at any party, but for a shark-themed twist, add a drop of blue food coloring and a candied lime “shark fin” topper.


Mini key lime pies:

  • 1 ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 Tablespoon sugar
  • 4 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 cans (28 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 beaten egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lime zest
  • Blue food coloring (1-2 drops, optional)


  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Candied lime shark fins:

  • 2 large or 3 small limes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar for coating



First, make the candied lime slices. Slice limes into thin rounds. Blanch slices in boiling water for 2 minutes and drain. In the same pot, combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Simmer lime slices in the sugar water for about 10-15 minutes or until pith goes from white to translucent. Drain and dry on rack for at least 1 hour. Spread 2 tablespoons sugar on a plate or shallow bowl and coat the lime slices by pressing or patting them into the sugar. Set aside.

For pies, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners. Melt butter and combine with sugar and graham cracker crumbs. Using a measuring cup or the back of a spoon, tightly pack a thin layer of crust mixture into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Bake crusts for 8 minutes and let cool.

Meanwhile, combine sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, lime juice, and lime zest. Add food coloring, if using, and mix until filling is blue-green or light blue. Pour filling into cupcake tins about ¾ of the way and bake an additional 15 minutes. Cool completely before decorating.

For topping, beat heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until cream forms stiff peaks. Pipe a small amount of whipped cream in the middle of the tart (if you’ve used the blue food coloring, this is the “surf” in your ocean).

When ready to serve, cut sugared lime slices into 4 or 6 triangular slices each (like a pizza) and stick one into the pie to create shark fins. Refrigerate and remove cupcake liners before serving.


For more sweet options for your Shark Week feast, check out our Shark Bite Cupcakes.


And don’t forget to tune in to Shark Week, only on Discovery.