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Limoncello Cupcakes with Limoncello Buttercream

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These Limoncello Cupcakes with Limoncello Buttercream have a triple dose of the famous Italian lemon liqueur plus a marmalade surprise in each center!

Limoncello Cupcakes with Limoncello Buttercream

Limoncello Cupcakes with Limoncello Buttercream

Lemon fans will go nuts for these citrus-laden, limoncello cupcakes with the swirls of limoncello buttercream. With lemon zest and limoncello in the batter, limoncello syrup painted on the warm cupcakes and a limoncello infused buttercream these sunshine infused cupcakes were truly dreamy.

Plus they were filled with a teaspoon of marmalade for an extra punch of flavor–lemon if you have it, but I used the classic orange. Knowing the picky hubby only eats grape, seedless raspberry and strawberry jams and jellies, I left half unfilled. Sigh.

Limoncello Cupcakes with Limoncello Buttercream

A French Dose of Icing

Dorie revealed that the French prefer a little swirl of frosting versus the billowy American trend. The dousing with syrup did a lovely job of keeping the revealed surface moist, so full coverage just wasn’t needed. But feel free to double the frosting recipe if you prefer a higher frosting to cake ratio.

The family fancied these boozy gems—though when the chocolate Easter lamb and mousse filled chocolate cake were completed on Sunday, the poor fellows got forgotten. Timing is everything! If you’re a limoncello lover, bake up a batch of Parisian inspired Limoncello Cupcakes!

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To see what the other Doristas thought about these Limoncello Cupcakes, check the LYL page on the Tuesdays with Dorie site. This recipe can be found on page 194 of  Baking Chez Moi, Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere, by Dorie Greenspan. All the recipes I’ve tested have been winners and this cookbook is highly worth the investment—especially if you’re a baker. You can also view it on Google Books.

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30 comments on “Limoncello Cupcakes with Limoncello Buttercream”

  1. Very interesting note about the French and frosting, Liz. I hadn’t really thought about it before but very true if you think of Parisian pastry shops…No wonder I’m not a Francophile =) I am however a huge fan of this scrumptious sounding cupcake with the soak of syrup and sock it to me flavor of Limoncello!


  2. Beauties, and I love that surprise lemon filling!

  3. Very pretty, Liz, I really loved these.

  4. Your cupcakes look like perfection! And I agree that the syrup helped keep the top of the cupcakes moist!

  5. One peek inside that cupcake and I was in love.

  6. Beautiful presentation the bit of blue in your Spring-y and nice ;). This is a good recipe and goes on my will make it again list…hope you’re having a great week xxooxx Patty

  7. I am absolutely a lemon lover so these cupcakes are right up my alley! These are beautiful! I love the filling inside!

  8. Beautiful! I like the photo showing the inside.

  9. Lizzy,
    I would have to leave the cupcakes empty too., My hubby wouldn’t eat them with the filling either.

  10. I have a Limoncello bottle in my fridge that I bring from Italie ! I will do this recipe, it looks gorgeous 🙂

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