Limoncello Cake

A local restaurant serves a delicious Limoncello Cake…when I asked about it they told me they order it from a big bakery in upstate New York that sells only to restaurants…too bad…I would order it so often they’d think I own a restaurant! Instead I’ve decided to try and recreate it at home – it’s going to take a few tries I think. This first cake came out very rich and dense with a definite hint of lemon. I’ll be aiming for light and fluffy in the next try but had to share this recipe because it just tasted so good…

Limoncello Cake
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole plain yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Limoncello Frosting*

Heat the oven to 350°F. In a mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt. In a larger mixing bowl, combine the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat on medium high for 8 minutes until fluffy and light yellow in color. Slowly mix in the yogurt, then the flour mixture, scraping the bowl well, until all is incorporated. Pour into a greased 8″ round baking dish and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes. Make the Lemoncello Frosting.

Lemoncello Frosting
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese, softened
2 oz cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup lemon curd
1/4 teaspoon salt
2-3 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons Limoncello Liqueur

In a large bowl, combine the mascarpone cheese, cream cheese & butter, lemon curd, salt, vanilla extract and Limoncello. Using an electric mixer, slowly add in the confectioner’s sugar and blend until smooth and of desired consistency. Using a sharp knife slice cake in half (top and bottom halves). Spread Limoncello frosting in between layers and on top of cake. Serves 6-8.



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