Dense and cake-like Limoncello cupcakes topped with whipped cream cheese frosting that’s infused with even more Limoncello.

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About Limoncello Cupcakes with Limoncello Frosting

Ever since I made this Limoncello fruit salad a few months back, I’ve had a half full bottle of Limoncello sitting on top of my fridge just begging to be used.

But an old friend of mine and I have managed to save it, and it’s not because I didn’t want to pour a shot and drink it – on the contrary, I so totally did – but I trying to hold out until I found more recipes to add Limoncello to.

For those that might not know, Limoncello tastes just like lemon drop candy, and in my world, that means it’s a prime candidate for accentuating all sorts of sweets and pastries. And after the success I had with these Guinness and baileys cupcakes, I knew just what I wanted to try next: Limoncello cupcakes with Limoncello frosting!

Limoncello Cupcakes with Limoncello Frosting! Dense and cake-like Limoncello cupcakes topped with whipped cream cheese frosting that's infused with even more Limoncello. |

When I was in the planning stages for this recipe, I started out dreaming big.

Like should I add lemon filling?

Cream filling?

Should I make the frosting something other than Limoncello?

Buttercream frosting or Cream Cheese Frosting?

There were so many possibilities, but in the end, I kept it simple: the cupcakes are infused with Limoncello, lemon juice, and lemon zest. I also used cake flour as opposed to all-purpose flour – it’s something I’ve always wanted to try, and it gave the cupcakes a very dense, moist, almost chewy consistency that I absolutely loved. It felt like I was eating little gourmet cakes. However, if you’d rather have traditional cupcakes that are super fluffy, there are notes in the recipe for how you can switch out the cake flour for all-purpose flour.

But I think you’d be missing out if you did. Just

Just sayin!

Limoncello Cupcakes with Limoncello Frosting! Dense and cake-like Limoncello cupcakes topped with whipped cream cheese frosting that's infused with even more Limoncello. |

The frosting is a classic cream cheese variety, but you can play around with the ingredients to get the right consistency and flavor. When I made these, I kept it to just four tablespoons of Limoncello and it tasted amazing. It was so amazing that I may have made sure that there was a little extra frosting left over, and I may have eaten it straight from the bowl. With my fingers. Possibly. There were no witnesses, so this could all be hearsay.

The only thing that would have made these cupcakes better was if I had complimenting sprinkles, but I was shocked to discover that I do not own yellow sprinkles. And this is in the kitchen of someone who compulsively buys sprinkles whenever she sees them, especially those little holiday bundles that have different styles and types, because they are just too cute not to own. I own so many types of sprinkles that I should really call it a hobby, so seriously, how have yellow sprinkles eluded me this long? I know what I’ll be picking up the next time I go grocery shopping. And hopefully, I won’t forget the milk because I managed to remember yellow sprinkles.

Can these cupcakes be made in advance?

Yes, they totally can!

Once baked and decorated, these cupcakes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before serving. This will ensure the cupcakes still have their best presentation; each additional day in the fridge could lead to the frosting drooping or being damaged.

How should these cupcakes be stored?

Due to these cupcakes having a cream cheese-based frosting, these cupcakes should be stored in the refrigerator. They should also not sit for more than two hours at room temperature.

How long do cupcakes last?

When stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator, cupcakes can last anywhere from two to three days.

Can you freeze limoncello cupcakes?

Yes, you totally can!

To freeze these cupcakes:

  • Bake cupcakes per recipe instructions, then allow to cool completely. Note: for best and consistent results, do not decorate cupcakes before freezing. Frosting types and consistency may vary and could impact how long or well the cupcakes will last while frozen.
  • Wrap cupcakes in plastic wrap. You can either wrap them individually or arrange the cupcakes in a group (single layer) and wrap them together.
  • Place wrapped cupcakes in a freezer bag or a storage container with a sealable lid.
  • Cupcakes can be frozen for up to three months.

Recipe Details

Limoncello Cupcakes with Limoncello Frosting! Dense and cake-like Limoncello cupcakes topped with whipped cream cheese frosting that's infused with even more Limoncello. |
4.09 from 23 votes

Limoncello Cupcakes with Limoncello Frosting

30 mins prep + 20 mins cook
346 kcal
Yields: 18 cupcakes
Dense and cake-like Limoncello cupcakes topped with whipped cream cheese frosting that’s infused with even more Limoncello.


Limoncello Cupcakes
Limoncello Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 4 tablespoon limoncello, to taste


For the Limoncello Cupcakes
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a muffin tin by adding cupcake cup liners. Fill a small bowl with warm water and submerge eggs. This will bring the eggs to room temperature while you complete the next steps.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt, then set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl), add in sugar, butter, and cream cheese. Beat on low until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add eggs to butter/sugar mix, one at a time, blending thoroughly inbetween.
  • Add in Limoncello, then blend for 1 minute.
  • Slowly mix in dry ingredients and milk, alternating between the two until combined.
  • Finish by adding lemon juice and lemon zest, then blend for another 15-30 seconds.
  • Pour cupcake batter into prepared muffin tin, filling cups 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until tester comes out clean.
  • Place muffin tin on a wire cooling rack to cool for 5-10 minutes, then pop cupcakes out and allow to finish cooling on the wire rack. Wait until cupcakes are completely cooled before applying the frosting. Note: If using cake flour, cupcakes will "shrink" slightly while cooling – this is okay.
For the Limoncello Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Use a stand mixer (or a hand mixer + large bowl) on high speed to beat the softened butter until smooth and creamy, roughly 2 minutes.
  • Drop speed to low and slowly add the powdered sugar. Frosting may be and clumpy at this stage – that is okay.
  • Keeping speed on low, slowly beat in cream cheese. I’d recommend cutting the cream cheese into 4-5 pieces and mixing in one piece at a time.
  • Finally, add in the Limoncello. This frosting is very forgiving and easy to balance to your tastes. You can add up to 6 tablespoons of Lioncello (total) or up to 5 cups of powdered sugar (total) to get the flavor and consistency you’d like.


* Using cake flour gives these cupcakes a dense, cake-like texture. If you do not have cake flour or would rater a more traditional cupcake, substitute cake flour for 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour.


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 499IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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    • Anita

    I wanted to make this frosting in advance. With the alcohol content, would it be ok? (And stored in fridge)


    • Carol

    How many cupcakes does the recipe make?

    • Richard

    Could you make this as a sheet cake. 9×13 pan or even a 8×8?

    Poke cake. lol

    • Hilda Sterner

    Great recipe! Just got done making them. I had a lot of frosting left, so next time I’m only going to make half. I also added a little lemon zest and some lemon extract to the frosting.

    • Donnasara
    • 5 stars

    I am in the process of making these today for Easter! Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Daniela

    I’m going to make these. I thunk they’d be amazing with the icing piped into them like an eclair with preferred sugar on top. Thoughts?

      • Chrisy

      Sounds like an amazing idea to me! If you tried them this way, I’d love to hear how they turned out 😀

    • Lovely Lisa

    I made these with my homemade limoncello, and they were wonderful! The cupcakes were still very dense using all-purpose flour. Since I only used half of the delicious frosting, I made strawberry cake batter cookies and topped them with the remainder. WOW. In love! Limoncello cupcakes and strawberry limoncello cookies! Thanks for the recipe! It’s a keeper!

    • Love the idea of using the limoncello frosting on strawberry cookies! Will have to try that one day 😀

    • Carmen

    Does it have to be cake flour? I prefer all purpose flour

    • Emily

    I am trying to make these cupcakes, but I’m confused. Your ingredients list says Baking Powder, and the instructions say Baking Soda. Which one should I use? Thanks!

    • Hey Emily, so sorry for the confusion! It should be baking powder.

    • Jane Englefield

    Look amazing, you don’t need cheap sprinkles, you could have added grated lemon zest, this wood have completed them perfectly .

    • Josie

    I love lemon cake, so I was SO excited to see this recipe! Looks amazing despite the yellow sprinkles emergency 😉

    • Erin @ Platings and Pairings

    These look so yummy – I LOVE the addition of limoncello!

    • Olivia @ livforcake

    I would LOVE the consistency of these cupcakes. I’m all about dense, moist, and chewy. Will have to try these!