Limoncello Cake Recipe With Mascarpone Frosting

Limoncello cake marscapone frosting recipe

The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

  • Total: 75 mins
  • Prep: 50 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Assembly: 15 mins
  • Yield: 9-inch cake (serves 16)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
402 Calories
27g Fat
32g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 9-inch cake (serves 16)
Amount per serving
Calories 402
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 16g 82%
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 358mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 10g
Calcium 246mg 19%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Lemon lovers rejoice! This limoncello cake offers a decadent flavor and texture that's hard to beat. Incorporate lemon and limoncello liquor into the cake batter, and then indulge in the mascarpone cheese icing that blends lemon curd and mascarpone cheese with whipped cream.

Never heard of limoncello? It could be your next baking ingredient obsession. Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur that is produced mostly in Southern Italy. (It is commonly referred to as limoncino in northern areas of the country.) It is one of the most popular types of liquor in Italy, though the liqueur has gained popularity across the globe in more recent years. While limoncello is often served in cocktails, this limoncello cake allows you to enjoy it for dessert, too.

Ingredients

  • For the Cake
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup limoncello (lemon-flavored liqueur)
  • 1 lemon (zested and juiced)
  • Optional: white chocolate shavings
  • For the Mascarpone Frosting
  • 16 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups lemon curd
  • 2 cups chilled whipping (or heavy cream)
  • 2/3 cups powdered sugar

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this limoncello dessert is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and baking.

Make the Limoncello Cake

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for limoncello cake
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  2. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  3. Lightly grease two 9-inch round cake pans and then line them with parchment paper. Grease and flour the parchment paper as well.

    Lightly grease pans
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  4. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.

    Combine flour, baking soda, and salt
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  5. Cream the butter and sugar.

    Cream the butter and sugar
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  6. Add eggs one at a time.

    Add eggs
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  7. Add flour alternately with buttermilk and limoncello mixed with lemon juice.

    Add flour
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  8. Bake cakes for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool completely in pans.

    Let cool
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Make the Frosting

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for frosting
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  2. Cream together mascarpone cheese and lemon curd.

    Cream together
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  3. Next, either add whipped cream or add whipped cream you have made yourself.

    Add whipped cream
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  4. Slowly add powdered sugar until all ingredients are combined.

    Slowly add sugar
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  5. Fold the cheese mixture into the whipped cream.

    Fold in cheese
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Assemble the Cake

  1. Once the cakes are cool, remove the limoncello cakes from the pans. Place one layer on serving plate.

    Layer cakes
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  2. Frost top with 1/3 frosting.

    Frost top
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  3. Place the second layer on top.

    Another layer
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  4. Frost with one-half of the frosting.

    Frost
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  5. Use remaining frosting to frost sides of cake.

    Frost cake
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  6. Decorate top with optional white chocolate shavings.

    Decorate
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  7. Serve and enjoy!

    Limoncello cake
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Tip

  • Ensure to grease your pans for the cakes before adding the batter, as this will help you release them when they are done baking and cooling. Would be a shame to have baked these lovely lemon cakes and have them not come out in one piece.