Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Desserts

Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Desserts

Want to learn how to make Ilene Ross's Limoncello Cake? You can go to her cooking class presented by Cooks' Wares on Monday, May 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 11344 Montgomery Rd. in Symmes Township. Or you can follow this easy recipe!

1 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup safflower oil
1 tsp genuine vanilla extract
3 Tbsp. homemade Limoncello (recipe follows)
Zest from 1 lemon
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt

For the Limoncello Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
3 to 4 Tbsp. Limoncello
Lemon zest for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Spray a Bundt pan with non-stick spray.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine sour cream, eggs, sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla, Limoncello and lemon zest. Mix on medium until well incorporated.
In another bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix for just about a minute until all the flour is incorporated, do not over mix.
Pour the cake batter in the prepared Bundt pan and smooth out the top with a spatula.
Bake for about 40 minutes or until golden brown. To test for doneness, insert a toothpick in the center of the cake and if it comes out clean it's done.
Let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes then transfer to a rack and let it cool completely.
Add the ingredients for the glaze to a small bowl and whisk until well combined and desired consistency is achieved. Add more powdered sugar or Limoncello if necessary. Drizzle Limoncello icing over cake and garnish with lemon zest.

Homemade Limoncello
2 pounds lemons, about 8 to 10
750 ml vodka, 100 proof
2/3 cup water
2/3 cup sugar

Carefully remove the zest only-no pith- from the lemons using a Microplane Reserve the lemons to make lemonade or squeeze and freeze the juice for later use.
Put the lemon zest into a lidded glass container that is at least 2-quarts in size. Pour the vodka over the zest, and store in a cool dark place for 7 days.
After 7 days, strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer lined with muslin or several layers of cheesecloth and return the vodka to the container.
Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan set over high heat and cook, stirring continually, until the sugar is completely dissolved, approximately 3 minutes. Once completely cool, add the sugar syrup to the vodka, and stir to combine.
Chill the Limoncello and serve. Limoncello can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a year.