Quick and Easy Summer Limoncello Cake

  • Recipe By
  • Published Feb 7th
  • Ready In1h 30m
  • Servings12
  • Calories277
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.

Quick and Easy Summer Limoncello Cake Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Quick and Easy Summer Limoncello Cake for 12 servings:

  • cooking spray
  • Cake:
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons limoncello liqueur
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons limoncello liqueur

Quick and Easy Summer Limoncello Cake Cooking Instructions

  • Prep15m
  • Cook35m
  • Ready In1h 30m

To cook Quick and Easy Summer Limoncello Cake, you need about 15 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Quick and Easy Summer Limoncello Cake is about 35 minutes , and you can serve your Quick and Easy Summer Limoncello Cake within 1 hour 30 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Quick and Easy Summer Limoncello Cake easily:

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray an 8-inch square cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. 2 Whisk sour cream, white sugar, canola oil, eggs, 3 tablespoons limoncello, and lemon zest together in a large bowl.
  3. 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. 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. 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.


  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 277 calories; 11.3 grams of fat; 39.9 grams of carbohydrates; 3.8 grams of protein; 39 milligrams of cholesterol; 136 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Jun 18th 2015

    I was really happy with this recipe! I doubled the recipe and made cupcakes, too. It was light and lemony (I added some lemon juice along with the zest just to be sure!), a nice texture, and ...

  2. Jun 11th 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 m ...

  3. Nov 8th 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 u ...

  4. Sep 6th 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 delic ...

  5. Sep 3rd 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 ...

  6. Aug 11th 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 ...

  7. Jul 20th 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 o ...

  8. Jul 18th 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 n ...

  9. Jul 17th 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 ...