Lemoncello. Oh, how I love you. You’re tart and delicious and are perfect in my cupcakes. I’ve been looking all around Germany for Lemoncello liqour, but have failed to find any. Yes, I know I could make my own (thank you to many readers who suggested it to me!), but I just don’t have the patience to wait until it’s ready. I wanted to bake with this delicious liquor ASAP!
While in Italy, I finally found a lemon liquor called Lemoncino and of course brought home a big huge bottle of it. I haven’t even been home for a week and I’ve already come up with the most delicious use for this liqour… cupcakes. Yup, of course… a Lemoncino cupcake paired with a raspberry buttercream. Those two things sound delicious enough by themselves… but you know me, I can’t go simple. I go big. Always.
I made candied lemon zest to go on top. Yeah, I did it. Candied. Lemon. Zest. (You can see how I made the zest HERE.) And with that lemon zest is a fresh red, ripe, local German raspberry. I had my Dad try these cupcakes last night…. he didn’t even make it out of the kitchen before the cupcake was in his belly. Four bites and it was gone! I’m thinking he liked it.
I think this is my new favorite summer cupcake. It really is a perfect combination of sweet and tart with the lemon and raspberry!