Limoncello Cupcakes

Limoncello Cupcakes! Perfect dessert for a summer party!

When Ian and I moved to our town we were both fresh out of college and experiencing being financially independent from our parents for the first time. Long gone were the days where I could pack up my clothes to do laundry at my parents’ house or tag along on grocery shopping trips!

Limoncello Cupcakes! Perfect dessert for a summer party!

Luckily, Ian and I both were offered jobs that allowed us to be financially stable, but I still found myself searching for inexpensive date night experiences. One of my favorite discoveries was a little bakery in town that made gourmet cupcakes with unique flavors. After an afternoon of ridding our bikes along the river we would stop by the bakery and share a delicious cupcake. For less than $5 we could enjoy an afternoon date that felt like we were splurging – that’s how good these cupcakes were!

Limoncello Cupcakes! Perfect dessert for a summer party!

Here I am, three years later, and I still love those bike ride/cupcake dates! However, when I brewed a batch of Limoncello I had an idea – why not try my hand at baking my own batch of gourmet cupcakes?! After some trial and error, I finally nailed the recipe down and believe these fresh limoncello berry cupcakes would compliment any summer party dessert table! Better yet, bake a batch of these cupcakes and gift them to a recent grad!

Limoncello Cupcakes

 

Ingredients:

  • A box of white cake mix and the required ingredients listed on the back
  • Limoncello
  • 3 Tbs. grated lemon peel
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 24 mini lemon wedges and fresh raspberries for decoration

Recipe:

  • Prepare the cake by following the cake instructions on the back of the box and swap out the require amount of water with limoncello
  • Fold in the grated lemon peel
  • Place liners in each cupcake tin and fill half full with batter
  • Bake per box instructions
  • While cupcakes are cooling make the butter cream frosting by beating the softened butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until well combined
  • Add lemon juice to the frosting 1 Tbs. at a time until you reach your desired consistency
  • Pipe onto each cupcake and top with a fresh raspberry and lemon wedge

Homemade Limoncello

Homemade Limoncello! Plus FREE labels to package these up for a sweet gift!

When my brother was a senior in high school he packed his bags and boarded a plane to Rome with my mom. When they returned they brought back stories of the friendly locals, photos of the landmarks, and a bottle of limoncello. At this point in time, I was still too young to drink so I was only offered a quick sip. It didn’t make a huge impression on me back then, but over the years I still hear people rave about this lemon infused drink.

Homemade Limoncello! Plus FREE labels to package these up for a sweet gift!

Instead of buying a bottle at the store, I thought it would be interesting to make a small batch at home. The recipe is rather simple, you just have to have patience. The lemon peels need to sit in the vodka for 10 days, but the wait is worth it in the end.

Homemade Limoncello! Plus FREE labels to package these up for a sweet gift!

Limoncello is both tart and sweet. No wonder this is a popular drink! It’s smooth enough to enjoy on its own, but would be delicious with a splash of club soda and lemon wedge.

If you want to package up a jar to give a friend, download these free Limoncello labels!

Limoncello

Ingredients:

  • 3 Meyer lemons
  • 200 ml vodka
  • 1 C. Sugar
  • 3/4 C. Water

Recipe:

  • Scrub the lemons clean and peel off the yellow skins from the white (bitter) pith
  • Sanitize a mason jar by placing it in boiling water for 10 minutes
  • Let the mason jar cool to room temperature
  • Fill the mason jar with the lemon peel and vodka
  • Seal and set in a cool place for 10 days, gently shaking each day
  • For the syrup, combine the sugar in water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil
  • Once the sugar has been dissolved take off the burner and let cool to room temperature
  • Strain out the lemon peel from the vodka and mix with the simple syrup
  • Seal in mason jars and store in the refrigerator
  • *This makes enough limoncello for two 8oz mason jars. Feel free to double the recipe to make a larger batch.

What beverages have you discovered while traveling? I would love to hear about them in the comments!