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Limoncello Cupcakes!

Posted on September 9, 2010 by in baked goods

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Limoncello Cupcakes! It sound delicious doesn’t it? The perfect treat to celebrate the arrival of Spring. Here in Cape Town however, the weather is pretty much one day hot and one day not, so to say Spring is officially here, would be kind of a tongue-in-the cheek statement.
These Limoncello Cupcakes combine the best of both seasons, the lemon being a typical Winter fruit and the “light” and bright colors leaning more towards Spring. Anyway, too much jargon, let’s just cook the darn cupcakes!
Speaking of cupcakes, my children always complain that they do not like the thick buttery frosting and therefor I seldom make cupcakes. This recipe however has a meringue frosting, and that appealed to me. It is like biting into a soft marshmallow and show me a kid who does not like marshmallows.  My children loved these cupcakes.

Limoncello Cupcakes



2 cups self raising flour
pinch of salt
3 eggs
1½ cups caster sugar
½ cup oil
1 cup boiling water
1 tbsp limoncello
juice and zest of 1 lemon

Meringue Frosting

200gr caster sugar
4 egg whites
1 tbsp Limoncello
zest of a lemon

Switch the oven to 180C. Place cupcake holders into the baking tray. Combine water oil and lemon juice and set aside. In a big bowl beat the eggs and caster sugar until it is pale in color and thick. Add the flour, salt  and water/oil mixture. Mix gently, try not to over mix. Spoon into the cupcake holders and bale for 12-15min. Cool before you pipe on the frosting. Makes 24 cupcakes.

The meringue frosting recipe, I got from Caro over at Wide-eyed and busy tailed. It could not have been any easier, seriously!!

You need an electric beater or a whisk and strong arms. A metal mixing bowl and a pot with simmering water.
Poor the egg whites and sugar into the metal bowl and place over the simmering water. Make sure the bowl does not touch the water. Beat the egg whites and sugar until it is fluffy and white.and can keep its shape. Add the limoncello and mix. Pipe onto the cupcakes immediately. Sprinkle some lemon zest over the cupcakes and enjoy!

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25 Responses to “Limoncello Cupcakes!”

  1. Claudz 9 September 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    Can't wait to try them!

  2. Nicola 9 September 2010 at 1:55 pm #

    Wow! These look amazing Nina, screen licking to commence shortly.

  3. 9 September 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    can you send some over please?

  4. Ally_R 9 September 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    These are beautiful Nina! 🙂

  5. Susan @ SGCC 9 September 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    Such lovely cupcakes! Perfect to welcome Springtime. Been voting every day. Good luck!

  6. My Carolina Kitchen 9 September 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    Lovely cupcakes Nina. I love the limoncello in them, but I adore limoncello.

    I've voted in the Blog Awards and there's no doubt in mind that you'll win. Bonne chance, or good luck as the French say.

  7. Marisa 9 September 2010 at 3:10 pm #

    Aaah these look perfect! How I wish I was a child in your house. Also not a big fan of traditional buttercream icing, so this looks perfect.

  8. Colleen 9 September 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    What gorgeous cuppicakes Nina. Well done. I make my own limoncello every year. Bout time to make another supply. I love making meringue frosting…..and eating it too hehe. And those cupcake papers??? Please inform xxx

  9. Pam 9 September 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

  10. Arnold 9 September 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    Absolutely stunning. Once again your styling on the photos is perfect. Well done.

  11. bellini valli 9 September 2010 at 7:33 pm #

    What beauties Nina!!

  12. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen 9 September 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    These are beautiful and I bet delicious! I love the meringue topping! So very fanciful!

  13. RecipeGirl 9 September 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    Gorgeous! I'd love to try a meringue frosting.

  14. Sharon 10 September 2010 at 10:39 am #

    They look awesome – almost heavenly!! Just want to lick off all that glossy icing!!! 😉 Enjoy your weekend!!

  15. Jan 10 September 2010 at 4:16 pm #

    They look fantastic!!

  16. SavoringTime in the Kitchen 10 September 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    What gorgeous cupcakes, Nina! They are simply stunning! Hmmmm, I have some limoncello in the freezer that I made last year 😉

  17. Anonymous 13 September 2010 at 2:20 pm #

    I just stumbled upon your blog (through Tastespotting), and it is fabulous!

    These cupcakes look amazing, and your photos are fabulous! I love limoncello, and this will be a lovely dessert for an upcoming birthday dinner.

    I love the paper muffin cups…would you share where you purchased them? Thanks so much!

    Kim in MD

  18. culinaryneophyte 13 September 2010 at 6:42 pm #


  19. Whitney 14 September 2010 at 3:13 am #

    How lovely, what flowers are those?

  20. Leaine's Kitchen 14 September 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    Wow! What beautiful, gorgeous, cloud-like cups of loveliness 🙂

  21. myfrenchkitchen 14 September 2010 at 11:33 pm #

    Limoncello cupcakes…ai jai jai…how will I ever lose weight with these beautiful delicacies going around…?

  22. The Urban Baker 15 September 2010 at 5:27 am #

    oh so very pretty!

  23. Lisa 1 December 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    I tried your recipe and found the mixture to be very runny. It was hard to mix it only gently. Is this how it is meant to be?

  24. e. rangel 23 January 2015 at 10:14 pm #

    Could you do w/out the metric measures. They look fabuloussssss.

  25. Katie 8 February 2015 at 3:29 am #

    these look like cupcakes from a fairytale

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