Are you tired of everything pumpkin yet? I have to admit I am getting there. As much as I love seasonal baking once in a while I just have to break the mould and do something different. The days are usually dark and dreary in the long autumn months in England and we all crave sunshine to brighten our days and give us much needed Vitamin D. Alas, that is not in the cards for this island dweller. Luckily the Italians have it in abundance, so they gathered and bottled it for us less fortunate people in the form of Limoncello.
My friend was having a baby shower which seemed like a perfect opportunity to try out my new bundt pan and to use up that tub of mascarpone I randomly picked up at the store. The life of a food blogger I tell ya! We often buy things with no firm plan or a recipe knowing that when the inspiration strikes we better be ready!
In this case, inspiration struck me late at night – when my mind was too tired to apply better judgement – causing me to bake not one cake but TWO! That’s right you are in for a treat, my friends. One recipe – two cakes. What could be better?
Ingredients: (For the cake)
- Flour, sifted-2 cups
- Sugar- 3/4 cups
- Baking powder- 1 1/2 tsp.
- Baking Soda- 1/2 tsp.
- Salt- 1/2 tsp.
- Greek yogurt, plain- 1 cup
- Milk-1/2 cup
- Vegetable oil- 1/4 cup
- Eggs- 2 large
- Vanilla extract- 1 tsp.
- Limoncello- 1/4 cup
- Raspberries, fresh or frozen- 1 cup
Ingredients: ( For Mascarpone Frosting)
- Mascarpone- 300 gr/ 1 cup
- Whipping Cream/Double Cream- 150 ml/2/3 cup
- Icing Sugar- 1/4 cup
- Limoncello- 2 tbsp.
- White Chocolate, melted for drizzling on top- 50 gr
Method: For the Bundt cake.
Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Grease your bundt pan. I like to use a pastry brush dipped in oil to brush all the little crevices of the bundt pan to make sure nothing sticks and then lightly dust it with flour.
In large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a smaller bowl whisk yogurt, milk, oil, vanilla extract, limoncello and eggs.
Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and combine until blended, then gently fold in raspberries.
Pour the mixture into the bundt pan, it shouldn’t be more than 2/3 full and bake for 60-65 minutes until the cake tester comes out clean. Cool until safe to touch and remove from the pan. Cool completely and dust with some icing sugar.
Let’s be honest, baking is tricky and one little ingredient can throw off the entire recipe. So when I stumble upon a recipe I love I am very eager to use it in different ways. Why not elevate an every day bundt to a show stopping dessert! All you need is mascarpone. 🙂
Method: For Raspberry Limoncello Cake with Mascarpone
Follow the instructions above for the bundt cake. Pour your prepared mixture into a 9″ pan and bake in the preheated to 350F/180C oven for 40 minutes. I would strongly urge you to not just rely on baking times provided by recipes as oven temperatures vary. Instead, always test your cake for doneness with a cake tester or a tooth pick (I use a long metal skewer).
Cool your cake and remove from the pan. When your cake is completely cooled split it in two layers. (My trick for getting two even layers is scoring the outside of the cake with a sharp knife first, then wrapping a thick thread around the cake so it goes inside the slit and then pulling two ends of the thread while crossing them over each other. It works perfectly every time).
Now let’s make the frosting. I have to say this Mascarpone Frosting is one of my favourites. It’s no fail and as easy as a regular whipped cream frosting but since it’s more stable so if you want to pipe fancy design you can.
In a large bowl whip together your mascapone, whipping cream, icing sugar and limoncello until firm peaks form but don’t overbeat. It usually comes together in 5 minutes.
Fill your layer cake with mascarpone frosting and decorate the top with drizzled white chocolate and slices of lemon.
I can’t even begin describe how fresh and delicious this cake tastes! Soft and buttery cake dotted with bright red raspberries and then that limoncello frosting. A dream. Try it. Have a tea party.Then tell me all about it.