Refreshing Limoncello Cake

Refreshing Limoncello Cake

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  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    35 m
  • Ready In

    50 m
Recipe by  TheOtherHunny

“This is a perfect ending to an Italian dinner! A favorite of my family's, this recipe was born as we were trying to figure out how to incorporate our bottles of imported limoncello into a yummy dessert. It's our adult twist on the always refreshing lemonade cake (and surprisingly guilt-free!).”

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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare an 8-inch cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk together the yogurt, eggs, canola oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, and 4 tablespoons limoncello in a large bowl. In a separate large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gently stir the dry ingredients into the wet. Do not over mix or the cake will be tough. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until top is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Stir the powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons of limoncello together in a small bowl until smooth. Poke small holes all over the top of the still-warm cake with a fork or toothpick. Spoon the glaze over the cake and spread with the back of a spoon. The glaze will seep into the cake and add moisture.

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What a lovely, delightful little cake! I was excited to see this recipe, anxious to try it, and very pleased with how it turned out. While plain yogurt is something I never buy, sour cream is something I always have on hand, so I subtstituted that for the yogurt. The batter reminds me of how you'd mix up pancakes, and is very light, airy and fluffy, just like the finished cake. I baked this in two (3-cup capacity) Bundt pans and it was just the perfect amount of batter. The vegetable oil makes it a very moist cake and the glaze soaks in to make it even more so. I was afraid two tablespoons of lemon zest might be overkill but it wasn't at all. I was also a little concerned that the limoncello might make this a little boozy tasting, especially in the glaze, but it wasn't an issue. The combination of the zest, fresh lemon juice and limoncello makes this one refreshingly lemony cake. Delicious on its own, and even better with berries or fresh whipped cream - followed by a little sip or two of ice cold limoncello!



This is sooooooo good!! My husband loves lemon desserts and received some Limoncello for Christmas, so I made this for him. It was so moist and he kept telling me how good it was. I made the recipe exactly as stated except I used a Bundt pan. I baked it at the same temperature and time that the recipe calls for. Thanks for the recipe!!



I have wanted to try this recipe for some time and I finally remembered today when I spotted the Limoncello in the back of the freezer, and I am so glad I did. Moist and very flavorful. Followed the recipe (except baked in mini bundt pans) and then drizzled lemon curd (Microwave Lemon Curd recipe from this site) over it, added a little whipped cream and then tossed a couple of Candied Lemon Peels (also from AR) on just for fun. Lemon, Lemon and more Lemon! We loved it and it was fun making this dessert. I will make it again. Thanks for sharing!

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Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 394 cal
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 11.4 g
  • 18%
  • Carbs
  • 65.6 g
  • 21%
  • Protein
  • 6.4 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 55 mg
  • 18%
  • Sodium
  • 259 mg
  • 10%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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