Monday, April 6, 2015

Limoncello Cupcakes

One of the Tuesdays with Dorie recipes for this month is the Limoncello Cupcakes recipe in Baking Chez Moi. Coincidentally, I had a lot of lemons to use, but ironically, there was only a need for one lemon... The Limoncello gives these cupcakes most of its flavor.

The only ingredient that I needed to go out and really search for was the Limoncello. This was my first time using it, so I went into this blind - not knowing what these cupcakes would taste like at all (I could only assume these would taste like lemons).

The first step is to rub the lemon zest and sugar together.  This creates such a great smell.

Next, add some Greek yogurt.

After the yogurt is mixed with the sugar, add eggs, and then some Limoncello.

Mix in the dry ingredients.

 Finally, add in oil, little by little.

Dorie said to spoon in either lemon or orange marmalade for a nice surprise in the center. I added orange marmalade.

 Then cover the marmalade with the remaining batter.

Once they come out of the oven, these cupcakes get a nice Limoncello/simple syrup glaze. I brushed them on while they were still hot.

After they cooled down to room temperature, the cupcakes got a little bit of Limoncello butter cream piped on.

 The verdict: I think they tasted good. The Limoncello flavor was very surprisingly very subtle. I don't seem to have the best luck making cakes and cupcakes; this batch turned out a little dry. Perhaps I could have been more heavy-handed on the glaze or underbaked them a little. I might make them again since I have all that extra Limoncello.

Limoncello Cupcakes recipe on page 194 of Baking Chez Moi.


  1. I am very impressed by your piping skills! I'm sorry these came out dry. They look beautiful. I'm hoping to make these sometime soon, although I'm a bit disappointed that you didn't think they had a more pronounced lemon flavor.

    1. Thanks Jora! I think some extra lemon zest might have helped make this more lemony. I can't wait to read about your take on this recipe!

  2. They look great.
    I think this was a drier cake recipe - it seems like many of the bakers had the same feedback.

  3. They look lovely. I took mine out early and they weren't dry - I think just a minute or two can make a big difference with such small cakes.

  4. They do look good! I like your top photo that shows the marmalade inside the cupcake-so good ;) They were a huge hit in my house ;)

  5. These certainly look very pretty. I think maybe this was supposed to be a little drier but you could probably make them moister with more syrup.

  6. I managed to over bake mine too. I didn't think mine were dry but we all thought it tasted more like a muffin than a cupcake. But still good.

  7. I used orange marmalade in the filling too. These were so good.

  8. They look good, I can tell you mine did not look this great coming out of the oven. Love that you took so many photos.

  9. I really like your photos! And I also was struck by how deliciously smelling the zest and sugar rub was!

  10. The smell of the zest and sugar was sooo good!

  11. I too was expecting a stronger lemon flavor in these cakes. Maybe more zest, and even a drop or two of lemon extract?