Limoncello Cake Recipe

Heavenly zesty lemons transform this cake into something truly special.
Citrus cakes are always a crowd pleaser – so much fresh, bright, tangy flavour, it’s like eating sunshine.

Even if you don’t have limoncello, this is a really good basic recipe. If you don’t have, or don’t want to use alcohol, simply substitute it with good old lemon juice. You’ll still get great flavour which is helped along by the zing of lemon zest.

Limoncello is a southern Italian lemon liqueur traditionally served cold as a digestif. It’s also ridiculously easy to make if you’re so inclined.
Homemade limoncello is a great gift – especially for men (I tend to find buying presents for the men in my life challenging). A gift idea for you – combine this cake and a bottle of limoncello (homemade or not) for a great present.

For the cake:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 Tbs Limoncello (or lemon juice)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt

For the glaze:
  1. ½ cup powdered sugar
  2. 1½ to 2 Tbs Limoncello or Lemon Juice (adjust as necessary)
  3. 1 tsp lemon zest

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, yogurt, sugar, oil, lemon zest and 3 Tbsp limoncello or lemon juice.  In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring just until incorporated, 15-20 stirs, being careful not to over mix.

Spray an 8.5 x 4.5-inch loaf pan (or alternatively 3 mini loaf pans, 5 3/4 x 3 inch) with cooking spray.  Pour the batter into the pan.  Bake about 40 minutes for the larger loaf pan or 30-35 minutes for the smaller loaf pans, or until a tester comes out clean and the top of the cake is golden. Cool the cake in the pan for about 5 minutes.  Remove from pans and continue cooling on a wire rack.

When the cake is cool, whisk the powdered sugar with 2 Tbs limoncello or lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth.  Drizzle the glaze over the cake.



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