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Boozy Desserts: Limoncello Mini Cakes

September 14, 2017

Squeak Out the Last Days of Summer with an Adults-Only Lemon Dessert

Photos and story by Dana J. Prophet

The limoncello that I didn’t make into a cocktail (it’s strong!) I decided to make into a simple (okay, somewhat simple) but flavorful and potent dessert – a Limoncello Mini Cake. As a side note, now I’m tempted to more season versions of limoncello – cranberry-cello? No pumpkin spice-cello! Basic.

Everclear smells like college by the way.


This is a simple dessert that will wow any grown up with a sweet tooth who loves lemon and spirits. After learning how to make Limoncello on my own, I couldn’t wait to incorporate it into a dessert. This dessert takes your favorite lemon cake recipe and turns it up a notch.

Take a cup of limoncello and brush it on your cooled mini cakes. Be generous. I knew I brushed enough because I wrapped up a tray of cakes and froze them overnight. Guess what? The cakes never froze. My freezer wasn’t on the fritz; it was the abundance of limoncello soaked in the cake.

Don’t over do it. You want it moist — not soggy.

The Glaze:

  • 2 cups of confectionary sugar
  • 1T fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Whisk until smooth.

Drizzle that yumminess over the cakes. Finish it off with lemon zest as an additional topping.

Eat for brunch, dessert, or even breakfast. The perks of being a grown up. Yes, you have to pay bills and work, but you can get mini limoncello cakes whenever you damn well, please.

Warning: this dessert is not kid friendly. It is though very drunk auntie friend. Don’t eat drunk cakes and drive!

limoncello cakes

Delicious cake for the drunk auntie in you.




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  • Reply gail mroz September 14, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Lemon Sunshine in the form of a bunt cake.

    • Reply Dana Prophet September 14, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      That’s a better description!

  • Reply Janet Meehan September 14, 2017 at 8:25 am

    I have the distinct pleasure of working with a gal that is always using me as her “test pilot!” The limoncello mini cakes are FABULOUS!!!! I want more!!! I want more!!!!

  • Reply Janet Meehan September 14, 2017 at 8:28 am

    I have the distinct pleasure of being Dana’s “test pilot” at work from time to time. I’m so grateful!!!! The Limoncello mini cakes are FABULOUS!!!!!!! We want more! We want more! We want more!

    • Reply Dana Prophet September 14, 2017 at 8:42 am

      Definitely! The limoncello cake is one of my new favorites.

  • Reply Char Massie September 14, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Dana, Dana, Dana!!! These cakes are soo freaking delish!! The texture, the sweet, the glaze. I just love that you use me to taste your Pastries.

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