Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Limoncello Cupcakes

April 14, 2015 at 12:12 pm | Posted in BCM, cupcakes, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 21 Comments
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limoncello cupcakes

Cupcakes…it’s been a while.  They don’t get the same love that they used to, but I still like them.  I especially like them when there’s booze involved, and here it’s limoncello, the sweet Italian after dinner drink.  This one was missing from my little digestivo collection, but now I have a bottle of limoncello hanging out in the freezer for whenever I might want it!

The cupcake batter is simple to make.  It gets it’s moisture from yogurt and oil, so there’s no pesky creaming involved and it comes together in a flash by hand.  There’s a little dollop of marmalade hidden in the center of each cupcake, but if you have some lemon curd, I bet it would be good, too.  As I was making the batter and scooping the cupcakes, I realized that it’s pretty much the same deal as another Dorie cake– her yogurt loaf cake with marmalade glaze— that I’ve made several times before, just tweaked into a different form and with a bit of limoncello added.  The cupcakes rose perfectly.  They had a nice dome and the yogurt/oil combo gave then a springy, moist texture.  They get brushed with a limoncello simple syrup while they’re still warm to boost that citrusy flavor.

What’s a cupcake without frosting, right?  Well, due to an unexpected powdered sugar shortage, I really only made frosting for the two in the picture.  The others we ate naked, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and an extra drizzle of the limoncello syrup all over.  We actually liked them better that way, so if you don’t want to make frosting, they are great as-is…but I’d still recommend the syrup for a little extra spike of limoncello.

For the recipe, see Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. looks delish!

  2. Yum x10!!

  3. So pretty with the pastel sprinkles! The cake was my favourite part so I love your suggestion of serving it with just a drizzle of the syrup.

  4. I like the sprinkles 🙂
    These are like the yogurt loaf – I hadn’t picked up on that

  5. These look absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try them myself!

  6. I was thinking these would actually be pretty great plain. Love the pastel sprinkles, perfect for this flavor.

  7. Your sprinkles look fun. Good to know they work without the frosting too but I like frosting:)

  8. I just love the sprinkles on top of your cupcakes. I still have lots of time for pretty cupcakes.

  9. Oh I like the idea of ice cream and limoncello. That sounds amazing!

  10. Mmmm. These look yummy… and who can say no to limoncello in any form!

  11. Good idea to have them with icecream. The springles look great, I found the frosting too sweat.

  12. I like the happy sprinkles on top. You can never go wrong with ice cream and cake.

  13. Served with vanilla ice cream and limoncello syrup would be perfect! What a great idea!

  14. Love your sprinkles!! I had never had limoncello…it was so tasty in the frosting!!

  15. YUM! Limoncello is the best!

  16. What beautiful little sprinkles on that frosting!

  17. SO pretty with the sprinkles! I bet they were pretty darn tasty unfrosted, too 🙂

  18. Love your sprinkles..always looking very good on frosted cupcakes! I sure did like the Limoncello frosting, but I’ll bet the un- frosted ones were good too!

  19. These look amazing! I’m definitely feeling inspired 🙂 Thanks!


  20. I bet the limoncello was wonderful over ice cream! I’m going to have to make some vanilla ice cream, just so I can try it. The sprinkles look very pretty!

  21. These look amazing


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