The little bursts of lemony Limoncello flavor in each bite are at the top of a long list of things I love about this cupcake recipe from Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan. This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie baking group brings an over-the-top sweet treat to my blog. I will say that this is one of those recipes you find in a cookbook that makes the purchase worthwhile and I almost passed on this week because I’m not a huge lover of Limoncello. But, I remembered a small unopened bottle of homemade Limoncello that we received as a Christmas gift last year stashed away in the back of the fridge and thought, why not?
Like most bakers I like to use up ingredients that I have on hand in my pantry but in this case both finding the homemade Limoncello and then using it in my cupcakes was a kind of a match made in heaven. I decided to double the recipe for Limoncello buttercream frosting to use both for the cupcakes and as a filling for a batch of French Macarons, one of my latest baking obsessions. I don’t know which one of these creations I like better, the cupcakes or the macarons, they are both so good with the frosting. Now I’m thinking I need to make homemade Limoncello, such a cool idea for gifting. Limoncello cupcakes and macarons are also great ideas for baked gifts to share.
As you know from my previous Tuesdays with Dorie posts we have been asked not to share the recipes but I’m going to share a few links for recipes I find interesting that are related to this post. How to Make Homemade Limoncello and Baking with Limoncello ideas from Pinterest. Please check out the other baker’s projects at Tuesdays with Dorie here.Just a few notes on this baking project: I used a large star tip to pipe the frosting on the cupcakes. I also chilled the frosting for about 30 minutes before piping. I used plain white cupcake liners for baking but served the cupcakes in decorative liners, as the cupcakes become sticky from brushing on the Limoncello after baking. A small piece of sliced lemon makes a nice easy decoration on top of the frosted cupcakes.