Limoncello Cupcakes

One of the Tuesdays with Dorie recipes for this month is the Limoncello Cupcakes recipe in Baking Chez Moi. Coincidentally, I had a lot of lemons to use, but ironically, there was only a need for one lemon… The Limoncello gives these cupcakes most of its flavor.

The only ingredient that I needed to go out and really search for was the Limoncello. This was my first time using it, so I went into this blind – not knowing what these cupcakes would taste like at all (I could only assume these would taste like lemons).P1110003

The first step is to rub the lemon zest and sugar together.  This creates such a great smell.P1110005

Next, add some Greek yogurt.P1110006

After the yogurt is mixed with the sugar, add eggs, and then some Limoncello.P1110007

Mix in the dry ingredients.P1110009

Finally, add in oil, little by little.P1110011

Dorie said to spoon in either lemon or orange marmalade for a nice surprise in the center. I added orange marmalade.P1110012

Then cover the marmalade with the remaining batter.P1110014

Once they come out of the oven, these cupcakes get a nice Limoncello/simple syrup glaze. I brushed them on while they were still hot.P1110015

After they cooled down to room temperature, the cupcakes got a little bit of Limoncello butter cream piped on.P1110017

The verdict: I think they tasted good. The Limoncello flavor was very surprisingly very subtle. I don’t seem to have the best luck making cakes and cupcakes; this batch turned out a little dry. Perhaps I could have been more heavy-handed on the glaze or underbaked them a little. I might make them again since I have all that extra Limoncello.P1110024

Limoncello Cupcakes recipe on page 194 of Baking Chez Moi.

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