TwD: Limoncello Cupcakes from Baking Chez Moi


This week’s assignment, limoncello cupcakes, incorporated the popular Italian liqueur throughout three parts of the dessert: the cupcake, the syrup, and the frosting. Although I’m not a huge fan of lemon, I am always a fan of liqueur!

Making these cupcakes was simple enough, as each step brought its own little thrill. I will say that I’ve zested plenty of lemons and rubbed the zest into sugar numerous of times before, but this time I could actually smell the lemony fragrance permeate through the air when I stirred the lemon sugar. It was pretty snazzy. I also decided to go ahead and do the optional orange marmalade cupcake centers. I hadn’t planned to do so, but I was already at the store buying Greek yogurt for the recipe, and I thought, “Why not?” The soaking of the cupcakes immediately out of the oven was kind of nifty because I could hear a sizzle of the syrup against the hot pan with each stroke of the pastry brush. I’m not sure whether I was supposed to do this, but I had enough syrup to do a double pass over each cupcake. Hopefully, they were appropriately soaked.

I say hopefully because I’m in the middle of a cleanse and was unable to taste these cupcakes myself. However, I did bring the entire batch to a select few co-workers at the firm. Their reactions varied as follows: “There’s orange AND lemon marmalade?”, “I keep saying ‘yummy'”, “That was on point!”, “I will be having another cupcake, so get ready.”, and just general muffled approval while eating. It may have also helped that I made a double amount of frosting, so there was plenty to add to each cupcake. Obviously, these were a hit! I can’t wait to try them myself or at least drink the rest of the limoncello once my cleanse is done!

These limoncello cupcakes were made as a part of Tuesdays with Dorie. If you’d like to join our baking group, pick up a copy of Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi and bake along!

39 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cakelaw
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 06:36:11

    Oh no – sorry to hear hat you didn’t get to try them. I can tell you that they were good – and who could resist all of that lovely frosting?

  2. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 07:55:28

    You have such strength of character. I’m not sure if I looked at those cupcakes that I wouldn’t have taken a bite anyway. 🙂

  3. goldenlifephx
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 08:41:15

    I”m sure your coworkers were grateful they got to enjoy these all to themselves. So nice you made these knowing you couldn’t taste them.

  4. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 08:57:09

    The double frosting looks divine—terrific idea! I’m glad your coworkers enjoyed these beauties!

  5. tinywhitecottage
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 09:11:50

    The orange marmalade in the center! Brilliant. Plus, soaked in lemon syrup, these are wonderful.

  6. Cher
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 10:16:44

    Your will power is impressive.
    I did a double pass on the lemon syrup too – I think these cakes needed the extra soak.

  7. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 11:24:23

    These were definitely “on point”. Good for you for making them even if you couldn’t eat them!

  8. Zosia
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 11:35:16

    They look fabulous! I hope you enjoy them as much as your co-workers did once you have a chance to try them.

  9. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 11:50:44

    Hats off to you! You have superb self discipline!
    Resisting those cupcakes is not an easy task

  10. Marcela (tortadellafiglia)
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 12:20:21

    Wow! These look wonderful! Love the limoncello addition!

  11. steph (whisk/spoon)
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 12:36:58

    those look fabulous! I thought the marmalade center was a nice touch.

  12. Kitchen Belleicious
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 12:47:45

    try them or not you can just see by looking at them how amazing they were! YUM!

  13. Tania @My Kitchen Stories
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 16:20:08

    They look gorgeous. I have a bottle of lemoncello. Good

  14. Traffic Diva
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 18:35:34

    You must have super human will power, girl!!!😄 double frosting, 2 flavor, yumminess in the center, soaked in syrup cupcakes!?!? I would have been done at..double frosting…yuuuuuumm😂

  15. meagan | baking in bawlmer
    Apr 15, 2015 @ 00:56:13

    you made these cupcakes while on a cleanse? You are a much stronger woman that I am. Your cupcakes look delicious.

  16. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Apr 15, 2015 @ 01:14:43

    wow, not sure how you resisted these! They look delicious 🙂

  17. Bam's Kitchen
    Apr 15, 2015 @ 03:15:11

    Oh my I love everything lemon in desserts, even more than chocolate. This recipe is right up my alley.

  18. Norma Chang
    Apr 15, 2015 @ 05:59:41

    Cleanse or no cleanse, I would have to take a bite just to satisfy my curiosity.

  19. Andi
    Apr 15, 2015 @ 07:34:28

    Beautiful photo and these look delish!

  20. Monica
    Apr 15, 2015 @ 07:34:36

    Your co-workers are some lucky folks! : )

  21. Geraldine Saucier
    Apr 15, 2015 @ 08:49:50

    Love these cupcakes. They look fantastic:)

  22. The Foodie Affair
    Apr 15, 2015 @ 14:13:36

    Love all the citrus in these cupcakes!

  23. Sue/theviewfromgreatisland
    Apr 15, 2015 @ 18:35:02

    I adore citrus, and these cupcakes are calling my name!

  24. Nana
    Apr 15, 2015 @ 20:18:02

    Love your post, and your cakes looks wonderful.

  25. Margaret @approachingfood
    Apr 15, 2015 @ 21:19:44

    “Muffled approval” – you know you’ve make a delicious dessert, when! And how on earth do you bake when on a cleanse? I wouldn’t be able to resist trying my baked creations! You’ve got some willpower!

  26. saffronandhoney
    Apr 16, 2015 @ 08:44:04

    what a flavor combination!

  27. Joyce, kitchen flavours
    Apr 16, 2015 @ 09:59:41

    Your cupcakes with the orange marmalade looks delicious!

  28. carla @ eat sweet. by carla sue
    Apr 17, 2015 @ 01:07:17

    Oh yum! They look gorgeous. And congratulations on baking these while working through a clense…you must be superwoman!

  29. ashley
    Apr 17, 2015 @ 13:43:11

    I happen to be a HUGE lemon fan and can’t wait to try these!

  30. Cathleen | My Culinary Mission
    Apr 17, 2015 @ 17:22:47

    I don’t think I could bake something, then not give it a try. Great willpower you have. I’m sure your coworkers were quite happy.

  31. hotlyspiced
    Apr 19, 2015 @ 18:18:21

    Those cupcakes are gorgeous and I do love a glass of limoncello xx

  32. Raymund
    Apr 20, 2015 @ 16:46:37

    Ahh thats how its made, love these cupcakes we even have ice cream flavour like this. Yum!

  33. Juliana
    Apr 20, 2015 @ 18:28:32

    Wow, you made these delicious looking cupcakes and did not even try them? I would not be able to resist…I love the description of it…and love the marmalade in it…
    Have a great week 🙂

  34. cquek
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 07:20:54

    i just love cupcakes. they are small and cute to be eaten

  35. Janet Rudolph
    May 04, 2015 @ 19:37:40

    This must be cupcake day! I love these.

  36. Cecilia
    May 06, 2015 @ 11:57:30

    I totally see that! That your co-workers loved it. They look so delicious. I would have liked to try one or two or more 🙂

  37. The Zen Kat
    May 08, 2015 @ 12:25:23

    I’m always a fan of cupcake recipes! These look scrumptious

  38. Dana @ Simply Romanesco
    May 11, 2015 @ 12:42:10

    These cupcakes look so yummy and perfect! Simply gorgeous 🙂

  39. Audrey Allure
    May 11, 2015 @ 13:26:54

    This looks amazing!! Saving this.

    – Audrey

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