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Pound Cake with Limoncello Zabaglione

Limoncello (lemon liqueur) is a specialty of Positano and the Amalfi coast, a digestif that is usually served as an after-dinner drink to help settle the stomach. I like to use it to make desserts that keep your tummy happy, too! Here, I’ve added a double dose, macerating berries in a touch of limoncello, and using it to flavor a cooked custard sauce, or zabaglione, to dress up a store-bought pound cake for a fast and fun dinner party dessert.

Pound Cake with Limoncello Zabaglione



Prep Time

105 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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    For The Berries:

  • 2 cups mixed berries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
  • 2 teaspoons limoncello
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • For The Limoncello Zabaglione:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons limoncello
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (1/2 lemon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice (1/4 lemon)
  • Half 10 3/4-ounce pound cake


  1. As seen on: Giada in Italy, Episode 12. The Sweet Spot.
  2. Mix together the berries, lemon juice, limoncello and sugar in a medium bowl. Crush the berries gently, using the back of a fork. Set aside for at least 30 minutes to let the juices develop and the flavors mingle.
  3. Fill a medium saucepan with 2 inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. In a heat-proof medium bowl that fits comfortably over the saucepan without touching the water, combine the egg yolks, limoncello, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice. Using an electric mixer, beat on low speed until smooth and incorporated. Place the bowl over the simmering water and continue beating until a thick ribbon remains in the mixture when the beaters are lifted out, about 10 minutes. Remove the bowl from the saucepan and continue to beat for another 2 minutes to prevent the egg from cooking. Cool to room temperature.
  4. To serve, place a 3/4-inch-thick slice of pound cake on a plate. Top with a spoonful of the berries and a dollop of the zabaglione.



per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
27 grams
3 grams
5 grams
Saturated Fat
2 grams
195 milligrams
10 milligrams
2 grams
23 grams


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