Luscious Limoncello Tray Cake
I love lemon drizzle cake – I mean, who in their right mind doesn’t? It’s tangy and zesty and scrummy, however, this is a somewhat more grown-up (read: boozy) version of the well loved classic. Limoncello is a beautifully lemony Italian liqueur and is often served after dinner. We have a gorgeous bottle of Crema di Limoncello and it’s a less sharp, creamier (well, duh) version and, as we had an Italian inspired dinner the other evening, I decided it’d go perfectly in a cake for after our dinner.
Now, you can bake in this in any tin you fancy but I wanted quite a thin cake (I sometimes think it looks more desserty than just having a large wedge of cake), also if you wanted a tangier cake you could use regular limoncello and not the creamy version we have! You know, whatever does it for you.
200g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
200g caster sugar
200g unsalted butter
The zest from half a lemon
Juice from half a lemon
60 ml limoncello
3 tbsp icing sugar
Preheat the oven to 180 and grease a 12” rectangular tray.
Cream together the zest, butter and sugar.
Add in the sifted flour, baking powder, eggs and juice and mix until the batter has all combined.
Pop into a tray and slide into the oven for 15-18 minutes – or until you can stick a skewer into the sponge and it comes out clean. Careful if you’re doing quite a thin sponge as there can be just a minute in-between perfectly cooked and slightly crispy!
Mix your icing sugar into the limoncello and when your cake comes out of the oven, and when it’s still warm, take a fork and prick holes into the top. Then proceed to drizzle your limoncello glaze all over it until it’s coated. Leave to cool and serve with a lovely dollop of whipped cream (take 3 tbsp of icing sugar and mix with double cream then whisk until nice and firm!). Powder everything with a little icing sugar and serve. Horrendously simple, gorgeous tasting lemon cake with a kick.
- Limoncello Meringue Pies (karenskitchenblog.wordpress.com)
- Recipe for Limoncello Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting (baking.answers.com)
- Lemon Cake (procrastinationrecipes.wordpress.com)