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Quick and Easy Summer Limoncello Cake Recipe
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Quick and Easy Summer Limoncello Cake

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"Limoncello cake is refreshing cake great for a summer picnic or dinner. Quick and easy to make. A scratch cake that will impress your guests. My mom taught me how to make this cake."

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Original recipe makes 1 cake Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray an 8-inch square cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk sour cream, white sugar, canola oil, eggs, 3 tablespoons limoncello, and lemon zest together in a large bowl.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in another bowl. Add flour mixture to sour cream mixture; stir with a wooden spoon until batter is just combined. Pour batter into prepared cake pan.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 33 to 35 minutes. Cool cake in the pan for 5 minutes.
  5. Whisk confectioners' sugar and 2 tablespoons limoncello liqueur together in a bowl until glaze is thin and smooth. Spread glaze over the top of the cake. Cool cake completely before slicing.
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  • Cook's Notes:
  • For a double recipe, use 9x13-inch pan and bake about 40 minutes before checking for doneness.
  • You can substitute plain yogurt for the sour cream.
  • If the top of the cake browns too fast, lightly cover with foil.

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Jul 19, 2014

This recipe is much like "Refreshing Limoncello Cake," from this site. I loved that one, so it's no wonder I loved this one as well. It is indeed a cake appropriate for summer, as it is not overly sweet or rich, but it would be equally appropriate any time of year, particularly after a heavy meal. The cake is moist and soft, not exactly fluffy but certainly lighter than a pound cake. The lemon flavor is subtle, so in my mind it really does need the Limoncello glaze to embolden it. I loved it as is, but if I were to make it again I would add a little more lemon zest to really enhance the lemon flavor.

Sep 06, 2014

I doubled this recipe and baked it in a bundt pan. The amount was perfect for a big, rounded cake. I'm thinking of adding the lemon juice to it next time because the lemon flavor is so delicate, despite the zest of two lemons. The ingredients say "one lemon, zested", so I only used the zest. Did anyone take this to mean other than the zest? Could be that I misread the intention. Anyway, my husband does not love lemon, or cake, but he has raved about this cake and eaten it alone, with a glass of limoncello (see my photo), with ice cream, and drizzled with chocolate syrup. It's going into my permanent favorite recipe book I'm making to take along when we move to Italy.

Jul 17, 2014

Too bad I can only give this cake 5 stars, it deserves 10!! First of all, I got to buy my first bottle of Limoncello, YEAH! Second, this cake is LIGHT as a feather and oh SOOO YUMMY!! Third, this makes a Perfect dessert after even the heaviest of dinners. This would be a Lovely cake for an afternoon tea. The crumb is Very tender and moist. The title is missing one word and that word is, FABULOUS!! I added a few teaspoons of limoncello after it came out of the oven and added some yellow food color to the glaze. LOVE LOVE this new summer time treat:::))) THANK YOU ALLIGREEKPI, THIS ROCKSSSSS!!!

Sep 03, 2014

I doubled the recipe as suggested by another reviewer. It worked perfectly for the bunt cake pan I was using. I also use more limoncello and peel then the recipe called for, because I prefer a stronger lemon flavor. The limoncello used was my homemade version with a hint of lavender. As the cake cooled I had poked holes on the bottom using a wooden skewer & poured additional limoncello. Once it soaked through I had removed the cake from the pan & pour the icing onto the bottom of the bunt cake pan and poked additional holes on the top using the same method as I had on the bottom. Gently replaced cake back to the bunt pan lining the design of the pan with the cake until completely cooled. This was the best limoncello cake I've ever had!! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

Aug 11, 2014

This is a very nice cake. I did add a tsp. of lemon extract after reading reviews and I will do that when I make the cake again. That's the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars (because I made an addition). The cake reminded us of a pound cake, and I served it with blueberry sauce as another reviewer did. I must say I thought this was a bundt cake because of the picture, and didn't discover it was an 8" cake until the day of my event. I made it in the bundt pan anyways, and it was small of course because there wasn't enough batter, but it was still pretty, and good. Next time I will increase the ingredients by 50% and I'm hoping it will be a normal-sized bundt cake with that change.

Nov 08, 2014

No company to impress with these wonderful little cakes, but I did impress my family! Allie - these are wonderful. I didn't have Limoncello, but I did have Orangecello, so that is what I used. I also used 1 zested orange in place of the lemon. I used my mini Bundt pans and the recipe made 22 delicious treats. We ate some, gave some to friends and family and I froze 6 of them. They thawed beautifully and were delicious months after they were made. I plan on making them again, using the Limoncello, but the Orangecello worked great, also.

Jul 20, 2014

What a lovely summer cake! It's not too sweet, and the perfect canvas for a summer berry topping. I made a fresh blueberry sauce to serve with ours. I also used cream of limoncello instead of regular, as that is what I had in my freezer. I baked mine in a tube pan, and decorated around the edges with fresh blueberries and lemon slices. So pretty! Thanks for sharing your recipe Allie!

Jun 11, 2015

Love this cake - quick, easy, delicious. I had a bottle of limoncello I purchased in Portofino, Italy and used that which made it extra special. Also, I did as another reviewer stated; I made the recipe just as is and put it in a bundt pan. It made a prettier little cake than an 8" pan.


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  • Calories
  • 277 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39.9 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 39 mg
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 11.3 g
  • 17%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 3.8 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 136 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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