Cupcakes and Cocktails

Limoncello Cupcakes with Spiked Vanilla Frosting & Limoncello Aperol Fizz Cocktail

Limoncello Cupcakes with Spiked Vanilla Frosting


For the Cupcakes:

1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup cornstarch

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 ½ cup granulated sugar

1 7-ounce container Greek yogurt

⅓ cup Limoncello liquor

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 teaspoon orange zest

¼ cup fresh-squeezed juice (from the zested lemon and the zested orange)

¾ cup melted butter

3 XL eggs, beaten


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brush the top of a muffin pan with vegetable oil and line it with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, corn starch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. In a separate bowl, mix together the yogurt, Limoncello, vanilla, zest, juice, melted butter, and eggs. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Use a wire whisk to mix just until combined. Don’t over mix!

Using a rubber spatula, fold ingredients to make sure all are completely combined. Using a standard ice cream scoop, place batter in each muffin liner. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to rest in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Frosting:

8 ounces mascarpone, at room temperature

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

2 tablespoons limoncello

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Pinch of sea salt


In a medium bowl, combine the mascarpone, cream cheese, limoncello, vanilla, powdered sugar and salt. Using a handheld mixer, beat on medium speed about 2 minutes. Frost the cooled cupcakes.

Limoncello Aperol Fizz

For One:

2 ounces vodka

1-ounce Limoncello 2-ounces Aperol 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Chilled seltzer, such as Pellegrino

Orange slice for garnish

Fill a highball glass with ice. Combine vodka, Limoncello, Aperol, and lemon juice. Stir well. Top with Pellegrino and serve with a slice of orange.

For a Crowd:

Makes 4 Cocktails

1 cup vodka 1⁄4 cup Limoncello 1 cup Aperol 1⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice 1 1⁄2 cups chilled seltzer, such as Pellegrino

Combine vodka, Limoncello, Aperol, and lemon juice in a large pitcher. Fill a 10-ounce glass with ice. Pour vodka mixture about halfway up glass and top with chilled Pellegrino. Garnish with a slice of orange.

Watch Amy make this recipe:

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