Saturday, March 7, 2015

Almond Pound Cake with Limoncello

Almond Pound Cake with Limoncello

A few weeks ago, I hosted the lovely ladies of my Bunco group for our monthly get-together. In my pursuit to find a dessert, that would dazzle them, I came across a recipe for a marvelous Almond Pound Cake with Limoncello.  I clipped it from an old Bon Appetit Magazine. My intention was to bake it immediately…that was way back in 2006! Normally an almond pound cake wouldn’t have garnered my attention, but this one had “limoncello” in the title! It also had almond paste added to the batter! I’m a sucker for anything with limoncello. Hence my Limoncello Biscotti!

As I glanced the ingredients list…almond paste, olive oil, limoncello...I was in!! Believe it or not, I had all the ingredients in my pantry. Since almonds are also a favorite of mine, I always have a can or two of almond paste hanging around!

Notice how lovely the crumb looks

The cake batter is pretty straight forward, beating the sugar, olive oil and butter until light and fluffy, then the crumbled almond paste gets added to the mixture. Add the eggs one at a time. Fold in the flour mixture and bake. I would not have classified this cake as a pound cake. It has a lighter crumb than what I would consider pound cake although; the almond paste does make the cake a bit denser.

After the cake is baked and cooled, sprinkle with the limoncello, and powdered sugar. I served mine with a dollop of whipped cream, but ice cream, or maybe some berries would be amazing! However you choose to serve it, this cake is luscious! The Bunco ladies loved it, and I didn’t even get a chance to garnish it with berries! The next day the cake was still wonderfully moist, as Bill can testify!  Since many have asked for the recipe….here it is!! Hope you give it a try!  Enjoy!

A little side note…I saved one piece of this delicious cake for a few more photos with berries! I searched high and low, but couldn’t find it anywhere….Hmmmm!  I think there’s a mouse in the house named Bill!

Looks beautiful right out of the oven
Photos taken in haste without garnish…oh no!

But moist and luscious all by itself….you will love this cake!! 

almond pound cake with limoncello 
Bon Appetit, March, 2006
Serving Size: 12

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup light olive oil
5 tablespoons unsalted butter — softened
10 1/2 ounces almond paste — 1 1/2 tubes, finely crumbled (I used one 8½ ounce can)
2 tablespoons lemon peel — finely grated
4 large eggs
1/3 cup limoncello liquer
2 teaspoons powdered sugar — for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan. In a bowl whisk flour, baking powder and salt.
2. Using a mixer, beat the 3/4 cup of sugar, the oil and soft butter until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add the almond paste and lemon peel. Beat until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture; stir to blend. Transfer to prepared springform pan.
3. Bake cake until golden brown on top and cake tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 45-50 minutes. Cook cake on a cake. Can be made one day ahead. Cover and store at room temp.
4. Remove sides from cake. Brush top of cake with limoncello and sprinkle top with powdered sugar. Store at room temp, covered. This cake will keep about a week, if it lasts that long!


  1. Hi Kathy:)
    What a lovely looking pound cake. Perfect with a cup of tea. It doesn't surprise me at all that the Bunco ladies loved it. What's not to love:) I sure wouldn't mind a piece with my evening tea. I must confess, I'm the mouse, lol...

    Thanks for sharing, Kathy...Pinned!

  2. Beautiful Kathy!!! I love limoncello!
    Look delicious:)

  3. You certainly had my attention at the word "limoncello". The cake looks devine.

  4. The cake must have tasted heavenly!

  5. Kathy - I can't wait to try this! I have everything on hand, too, including a huge batch of homemade limoncello! It is also beautiful! Sorry about your rodent problem! :)

  6. Dear Kathy, I would be in with this cake too. It sounds wonderful. I am sure it was a hit with the ladies.
    xoxo Catherine

  7. Limoncello anything wins every time...this all looks wonderfully tasty and so pretty!

  8. I am not an almond paste fan, so safe from temptation here. But it is lovely!