Easy Limoncello Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting

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These Limoncello cupcakes are a delightful twist on the classic lemon cupcakes. The recipe is simple and easy to follow, making it perfect for experienced bakers and beginners. The cupcakes are made using a boxed lemon cake mix, which is combined with water, unsalted butter instead of oil, and eggs to create a light and fluffy batter. The cupcakes are baked until they’re perfectly golden and fluffy.

limoncello cupcakes with lemon frosting with a pipette of vodka in the frosting

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Limoncello Cupcakes Ingredients

Thankfully, the ingredients for these lemon shooter cupcakes are basic.

The cake itself is a lemon cake mix. You can use a homemade recipe if you prefer but since I’m a frosting girl, we’re going to take the easy road where we can and take a little time for homemade frosting.

Here’s what you’ll need for these boozy cupcakes:

  • Lemon cake mix
  • Unsalted butter
  • Eggs

That’s it. You’ll obviously need water for the liquid, or milk if you want the batter to be a little richer.

Easy Lemon Frosting Ingredients

The lemon buttercream frosting is where these cupcakes truly shine. It’s whipped until it’s light and fluffy, with stiff peaks.

lemon cupcakes with a lemon vodka pipette on top

Limoncello Pipettes

Fill a pipette with limoncello or lemon vodka to add a boozy spin to the cupcakes.

Place the pipettes in the frosting. That way the guests can either squeeze it into the frosting or cake or discard it if they don’t want it.

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FAQs about Limoncello Cupcakes

Absolutely, do whatever works for you! If you have a homemade lemon cake recipe you love then go for it. Caked by Katie has a great gluten free lemon cupcake recipe.

Yes, I do it all the time. It will have a slightly salted flavor but if that doesn’t bother you, then give it a try.

You can bake the cupcakes the lady before and frost when you have time. I recommend covering them with plastic wrap to keep them fresh.

I am a Wilton 1M fan, but you can use whatever piping tip you have available.

Leave out the pipettes of the ones for the kids and guests that don’t drink. That’s why the vodka is in pipettes instead of directly in the frosting.

Feel free to play around. A raspberry vodka would be a delicious addition to these tangy lemon treats. You could also try schnapps or another form of liquor altogether.

More Cake and Cake Mix Recipes

In addition to this recipe for limoncello cupcakes, here are a few more desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Enjoy this summer dessert recipe!

limoncello cupcakes with lemon frosting with a pipette of vodka in the frosting

Limoncello Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting

Yield: 12 cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 19 minutes
Total Time: 39 minutes

Indulge in the delightful flavors of these Limoncello Cupcakes. With a moist lemon cake base and a luscious buttercream frosting infused with fresh lemon juice and zest, these cupcakes offer a burst of citrusy goodness. Playful pipettes filled with zesty Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka add a touch of a boozy bite. These cupcakes are a refreshing treat for any occasion.


For the Cake

  • 1 box of Lemon Cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs

For The Frosting

  • 2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 1⁄2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 - 6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 large lemon, zested
  • 1 cup yellow sanding sugar sprinkles
  • 2 cups Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka
  • Lemon Wedges for garnish


For the Cake

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F and line a cupcake pan with liners.
  2. Using a hand or stand mixer, mix all the ingredients until well combined.
  3. Scoop the batter into cupcake liners until they're 3/4 full.
  4. Bake for approximately 19 minutes or until the cupcakes spring back when lightly touched.
  5. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting or else the lemon icing will melt.

For the Frosting

  1. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and powdered sugar together. Start with a slow speed so the sugar doesn't make a mess and then increase the speed to high. Beat for 3-4 minutes until fluffy. You may have to scrape the bowl.
  2. Add the cream and lemon juice. Start with 3 tablespoons of cream and check for consistency. If you want it thicker for piping keep it at that, if you want it thinner then use more. Beat for another 3-4 minutes on high. Continue scraping the bowl if needed.
  3. Using a medium ice cream scooper, place a generous amount of frosting onto the top of each cupcake.
  4. Dip the frosting into yellow sugar sand for an added touch of color and texture.
  5. Spoon the remainder of the frosting into a piping bag with whatever tip you prefer and swirl it onto the cupcakes.
  6. Fill the mini pipettes with lemon vodka and insert them into the frosting on each cupcake.
  7. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 794Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 27gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 157mgSodium: 346mgCarbohydrates: 98gFiber: 2gSugar: 77gProtein: 4g

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