Limoncello Mascarpone Cake

Dinner is finished and you’re looking for a dessert. Something light. a little sweet and a little tart. Cheesy with a deliciously lemon-y flavor. Then you will definitely enjoy Limoncello Mascarpone Cake. It is a rich mix of Sicilian lemon infused cake, Italian mascarpone and of course, limoncello. It is a real sweet treat. Fragrant, simple and quick to prepare, this cake is soft and moist that melts in your mouth. This dessert is refreshingly light and creamy with the perfect balance of sweet and sour in every bite.


Mascarpone pronounced mahs-car-POH-nay is a traditional Italian food product. It is typically produced in some areas of Lombardy, particularly in Lodi and Abbiategrasso. It is made with only two ingredients: cow’s milk cream and citric or tartaric acid.

Mascarpone is similar to cream cheese but has a color that ranges from white snow to yellow. Additionally, it is compact, creamy and velvety. Moreover, it has a delicate flavor, with that bit of acid similar to cream. Furthermore, it is thick but soft.

Mascarpone has 40% high-fat content. It is a basic ingredient in many Italian dishes like tiramisù and cheesecakes. Mascarpone can be used in sweet and savory dishes. It is perfect to thicken savory sauces and to add a distinct flavor. Mascarpone can be used as topping or dipping for fresh fruits. Additionally, mascarpone can be used as a cake filling, dessert topping and for use in cheesecakes. It can also be flavored with different ingredients such as lemon or lime juice and zest, crushed nuts or dried fruits for added texture and taste.

Limoncello Mascarpone Cake Recipe

Soft, delicious and fragrant: ideal for any time of snack.

Recipe Type Dessert
Course Italian
Keyword limoncello, limoncello cake, mascarpone
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Author Ventura Limoncello



  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup limoncello
  • 1 lemon peeled and juiced
  • white chocolate shavings for garnish


  • 2 cups Mascarpone cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups lemon curd
  • 2 cups chilled whipping cream or heavy cream
  • 2/3 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Meanwhile, lightly grease a 9 inch round cake pan then line with parchment paper. Make sure that the parchment paper is well greased and floured as well.

  2. Mix together limoncello, lemon zest, and juice. Set aside the mixture. 

  3. Sift flour baking soda and salt. Whisk them together until completely combined. 

  4. Cream butter and sugar then add eggs one at a time.

  5. Add flour to the mixture alternating with buttermilk and limoncello.

  6. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Let it cool before removing from the pan.


  1. Cream mascarpone and lemon curd together. 

  2. Whip cream to medium peaks then add powdered sugar slowly until fully incorporated.

  3. Fold cheese mixture into whipped cream and mix well.

  4. Frost top and sides of the cake and garnish with white chocolate shavings.

Ways to Use Mascarpone

Mascarpone is definitely known to be among the main ingredients of tiramisu but, due to its delicate flavor, this cheese lends itself to not just sweet recipes.
In fact, you will find many simple and quick ideas to prepare sauces that will accompany your appetizers, such as a savory pie with 3 kinds of cheese, or … the savory version of tiramisu, prepared with vegetables or fish. But you can also serve your guests with excellent pasta dishes, such as risotto with radicchio.

Savory recipes with mascarpone

Make mascarpone the star of a refined first course with an enveloping taste: risotto with mascarpone and pink pepper, shaded with sparkling wine, is the right recipe to make an excellent figure with minimum effort. If you are looking for an original alternative to the usual Margherita pizza, here is the mascarpone speck and walnut pizza, perfect for a happy evening with friends. And for an all-female dinner, you’ll love the scallops in pink, a second of simple, delicate and incredibly creamy meat, ready in minutes.

Sweet recipes with mascarpone

Dive into the greedy world of mascarpone desserts: rich, creamy, inviting … they are irresistible temptations to which it is impossible to say no! Like the tart with mascarpone and chocolate chips, a rustic cake with guaranteed success ideal for a snack or as a meal. In the morning, treat yourself to the luxury of a hearty international breakfast with strawberry and mascarpone French toast, also perfect for recycling stale bread. If instead, you are looking for a tasty recipe for a buffet or a party lunch, the mascarpone pralines are refined bonbons with chocolate that you can customize to delight your friends.

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