Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Limoncello Cupcakes and Celebration!

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, right?  But when one of your BFFs gives you homemade Limoncello you make Limoncello Cupcakes!  I hope you are ready for another lemon recipe!

Limoncello | Cooking on the Front Burner #limoncello #lemoncupcake

For Christmas my friend Steph gave me a bottle of her homemade Limoncello.  I knew she had been working on making a batch and she was explaining how involved it was and then lo and behold I received my very own bottle!  It was one of my favorite gifts....

....and I had the perfect recipe to try it out on.  This cupcake recipe is one of my favorites - it is made from scratch with lemony cake, lemon curd and a lemony buttercream frosting - it a lemon explosion in your mouth!  And you know I'm such a lemon lover.

Limoncello Cupcakes

by Deb Attinella
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield about 18 cupcakes
    • 1 ½ cups flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 stick butter softened
    • 2 oz cream cheese softened
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 T limoncello liqueur
    • 1/2 cup buttermilk
    • 1/4 cup lemon juice
    • zest of one lemon
    Lemon Curd
    • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
    • zest of 2 lemons
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 1/2 stick butter softened
    • 6 oz cream cheese softened
    • 4 cups powdered sugar
    • 2 T limoncello
    1. For cupcakes – preheat oven to 325. Beat softened butter and cream cheese. Add sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and mix well after each. Add limoncello and beat until well mixed. Sift flour, baking powder and salt. Alternate adding flour and buttermilk to butter mixture. Mix in lemon juice and zest until just combined. Pour into baking cups and bake at 325 about 20 or until toothpick comes out clean (this makes 18 cupcakes)
    2. For curd: mix lemon juice, zest and sugar over medium heat until boiling. In separate bowl beat egg and additional yolk. Whisk lemon mixture into eggs (be sure to add a little bit at a time and constantly whisk so you don’t end up with the eggs cooking. Add back to pan and cover over medium heat whisking constantly until thickened. Pour into bowl and place plastic wrap on top (after it cools a bit) and cool completely.
    3. Frosting: beat butter and cheese cream until smooth; add limoncello and beat until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar until desired consistency.
    4. To assemble : scoop out some cupcake with a melon ball scooper to make a small hole; fill with lemon curd and then frost as desired.
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    I made this cupcake special for my friend Jamie from Love Bakes Good Cakes who is celebrating her 2nd blog anniversary - stop by and wish her a happy blog-iversary! And feel free to link up your own cupcake recipe below.

    Limoncello Cupcake | Cooking on the Front Burner #limoncello #lemoncupcake

    Time to celebrate with cupcakes and starting at 4 pm CST 2/26/14 for 24 hours we have a flash giveaway going on Facebook where you get the gift(s) - 17 bloggers in all!  Stop by here to start!


    1. I've had homemade limoncello and it was amazing - must be fab in the cupcakes too!

    2. Oh, Deb, I LOVE Limoncello! These cupcakes sound perfect!!! So much fun doing the cupcake party for Jamie with you. Pinning!

    3. Deb, I hope you saved some Lemoncello for sipping. Pinning

    4. Deb--these look beautiful! I am a lemon lover too. Is there enough lemon flavor without the lemoncello? We do not use alcohol--would I up the lemon juice or maybe add some lemon flavoring.

    5. Never had limoncello...but, I'm ready to try some. These look delicious!

    6. These cupcakes look INCREDIBLE Deb!!

    7. I love Limoncello, but I have never made my own! I guess I should give it a try sometime. These cupcakes look amazing Deb, I can only imagine how wonderful they taste! :)

    8. These cupcakes look so bright and pretty, Deb! :) I am so ready for spring flavors! Pinned & sharing!

    9. I love limoncello!! These cupcakes will definitely be made and loved!! So beautiful!

    10. Deb, these are so gorgeous! And lucky you, homemade limoncello :)

    11. I love limoncello so these sound (and look) delicious!

    12. These cupcakes look amazing Deb! I am a lemon lover too and love the sound of all the lemon flavors in here - that homemade limoncello sounds fantastic too :) Pinning :)

    13. Beautiful cupcakes, Deb! I am loving all of the lemon flavors in here! Thank you so much for celebrating with me!! {hugs!!}

    14. Wow! Seriously amazing pictures Deb! Can't wait to try this lemon beauty!

      Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    15. Deb, just popping in (again) to thank you so much for sharing these beautiful cupcakes at Best of the Weekend and of course they totally deserve a second comment! :) Have a great Sunday!

    16. I have some limoncello that I need to use. Thanks for the inspiration.

    17. These look delicious, Deb. My granny, who'd never previously been an alcohol connoisseur went to Italy and came back raving about limoncello. Needless to say, I tried it and love it too. I'm sure it would make a perfect flavoring for cupcakes.

    18. These look so incredible...I love that they are filled with lemon curd. My favorite!

    19. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared.

    20. I'm excited about this recipe. We were in Italy last summer and have a bottle of limoncello. I'm going to make these for Easter.


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