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Araby Spice-Limoncello Bundt Cake with Limoncello Glaze-#BundtaMonth

I don’t know about you, but I’m always ready to try a new bundt cake recipe. I think it’s fun to bring a bundt to a last minute birthday party. That’s how this lovely spice cake came to be.

I had a request to bring the usual chocolate cake I make into a bundt. The adults love and so do the kids. I knew I had to make one more and make it a little different. When the Boozy November theme was chosen for December #BundtaMonth, I knew exactly what to bring!
Anuradha and I chose Boozy December as the theme for this month’s #BundtAMonth.

Here’s how you can join the #BundtaMonth party:
Bake your Bundt for the Boozy December theme.
- Get inspired by your favorite cocktail, mocktail or just use your favorite liqueur and bake us a Bundt for Boozy December.
- Post it before December 31, 2012.
- Use the #BundtAMonth hashtag in your title. (For ex: title should read #BundtAMonth: Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt)
- Add your entry to the Linky tool below - Link back to both Lora and Anuradha’s announcement posts.

That’s it! Join in the boozy bundt baking fun all December!

Follow Bundt-a-Month on Facebook where we feature all our gorgeous bundt cakes. Or head over to our Pinterest board for inspiration and choose from over 350 Bundt cake recipes.

Looking for inspiration to bake something extra special for the holidays? Check out these amazing bundts this month!

Araby Spice-Limoncello Bundt Cake with Limoncello Glaze by Lora from Cake Duchess
Bailey's and Buttershots Bundt Cake by Karen from In The Kitchen With KP
Banana Pineapple Bundt Cake with Coconut Rum Glaze by Carrie from Poet In The Pantry
Chocolate Bourbon Mini Bundt by Holly from A Baker's House
Chocolate Port Bundt Cake by Paula from Vintage Kitchen
Eggnog Rum Pound Cake by Dorothy from Shockingly Delicious
Madeira Pound Bundt Cake by Renee from Magnolia Days
Mint Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake with Creme de Menthe by Laura from The Spiced Life
Shirley Temple Bundt Cake by Kim Beaulieu from Cravings Of A Lunatic
Spiked Eggnog Bundt Cake with Bourbon Glaze by Kate from Food Babbles
Sweet Potato Bourbon Bundt by Jennie from The Messy Baker Blog
Long Island Iced TeaCake by Deb from Knitstamatic
Rum and Raisin Butter Bundt with Rum Honey Glaze by Stacy from Food Lust People Love
Tiramisu Bundt Cake with Kahlúa Mascarpone Glaze by Anuradha from Baker Street
Vanilla and Bourbon Cake by Kate from Diet Hood
Vanilla Mini Bundt Cakes with Kahlúa by Alice from Hip Foodie Mom

We are going vintage here with this Araby Spice Cake. I saw it mentioned on allrecipes that it was a cake a recipe sharer found in a 1940 editition of Kitchen Craft Recipes. I found a little story here on this blog that says the cake appeared in Betty Crocker’s 1950 Picture Cook Book on page 130. I used the recipe from Joy the Baker’s very fun and delicious new cook book. Joy mentions in the book that the recipe is older than dirt and that her blind aunt used to bake a version of this cake for every holiday or birthday celebration. I only slightly adapted it with a little more cinnamon, less sugar, the addition of Limoncello and also, I used almond milk to make my buttermilk. If you don’t happen to have any Limoncello on hand, you could use lemon juice or orange juice. I just LOVE vintage cook books! Look how fun the cover is of this old Betty Crocker book.:)

                            Betty Crockers Picture Cookbook 1ST Edition
a little about this bundt: This bundt cake has a truly unique flavor. I find clove to always be a little too strong and I only used a touch of it. You could still taste its flavor. Then there are the lovely hints of cocoa and lemon; flavors I don’t usually put together in a cake and was happily surprised with the result. You could add more cinnamon and skip the clove all together if you just don’t like it. I think the next time I make this I will try a chocolate glaze. Whichever glaze you choose for this cake, it is wonderful!

Araby Spice-Limoncello Bundt Cake with Limoncello Glaze

2 cups all- flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp allspice
zest of one lemon
3 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk (I used almond milk with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar whisked into it)
1/4 cup Limoncello

For the glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon Limoncello (or just use lemon juice)
1-2 Tablespoons milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Place a rack in the center of the oven.  Grease and flour your bundt pan. I personally prefer to use baking spray for bundt pans.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
In a stand mixer, blend the butter, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and lemon zest. Beat 3-5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Reduce the speed to low and beat in the eggs one at a time. Stop the mixer to scrape the sides of the bowl to incorporate the eggs. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture on low speed. Then add half of the buttermilk and the Limoncello, the remaining flour mixture, and the remaining buttermilk. Beat until combined

Spoon batter into pan.Bake for 1/2 on hour at 350 then lower the heat to 325 and bake for about another  20-30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely. While cake is cooling, whisk together the glaze ingredients; set aside. Drizzle on Limoncello glaze and ENJOY!
Happy Baking!



  1. Wow, this is one lovely bundt cake, Lora. Absolutely beautiful, too. Happy #BundtAMonth! Pinned.

  2. Limoncello with all those spices! It sounds so great, and I love that it´s a vintage recipe. Old cookbooks have so many great recipes. I love the silver color your pics have!

  3. Love the bundt, Lora! And wow!! Can't wait to try the glaze! I've never had Limoncello before!

  4. What a lovely bundt cake! I love limoncello here.

  5. That is beautiful. I love old cookbooks too. Your photos are stunning.

  6. I love, love, love vintage cookbooks. I could look through them for days. I have been curious about this recipe since you posted the title in the group. Nice spice and citrus combination. Sounds really delicious.

  7. What a beauty! I love the back story on this cake Lora and I agree with you on cloves they can be very overpowering but allspice is a favorite. Happy Bundting!

  8. This bundt is lovely! I adore limoncello (even more after I made my own at home not too long ago!) and now I have another way to use it. This sounds so aromatic. I can't wait to try it!

  9. I love vintage recipes also! What a fun cake!

  10. What a gorgeous bundt cake! I absolutely adore limoncello and love the sound of the spice kick.

  11. This sounds great and I am sure it was the hit of the party! I have an old cookbook from my grandmother and must look through it for some Bundt and cake recipes. I love a cake with a bit of history!

  12. I love your boozy bundt, the glaze is so pretty! :)

  13. The old cookbooks are almost always my idea of a great read because they tell a story about how folks used to do things, even when they aren't actually telling me a story! This is a beautiful, wonderful cake and I love the use of Limoncello with the spices.

  14. I have been eying this bundt on facebook for the past few days. It looks oh-so-good! Thank you for sharing, Lora! I'm sorry I've been so absent. Between moving (and feeling quite sick) I'm just now catching up to over a month of blog-reading! I hope you are doing well. It feels good to be back :-)

  15. What a gorgeous, delicious cake. The limoncello is making my mouth water... yums!

  16. Lora, great looking bundt cake here. I've got it bookmarked to run it through the oven soon. Gotta love these vintage cookbooks, I enjoyed the nod to Betty Crocker. Thanks for sharing the recipe and cheers from NorCal!

  17. LOVE the idea, Lora! limoncello is a great addition. Your cake looks gorgeous! YAY for another fantastic #BundtaMonth!

  18. I LOVE bundt cakes. They're so pretty and so much easier than a traditional layer cake. This lemon one sounds fantastic! Love that glaze - wish I could have been your bowl cleaner outer! :)

  19. Beautiful bundt, Lora and the Limoncello glaze sounds so good! You grandmother always made bundts..there was always one from her in our kitchen, so I kind of grew sick of them for a long time - I wanted cakes with thick frosting inside out! I think it's time to renew my 'relationship' with them xo

  20. YUMMMM :) you make the best looking bundt cakes.

  21. I love Limoncello, and will always find an excuse to add them to any tarts with citrus fruits. I love bundts too, but rarely make them. The cake looks so pretty and the drizzle down the side of the cake is just absolute perfection. Have a great week and sending my regards to you and your family! xoxo, Jo

  22. Beautiful cake Lora, your #bundtamonth is most inspiring- such a tempting list of cakes included at the end of your post ;-)

  23. This sounds delicious! I finally got a bundt pan!!! Yeah, I might have to make a bundt cake very soon!

  24. I'm betting this was a huge hit at the party. Adding almond buttermilk and limoncello must have added such a nice flavour to it.

  25. I love a little booze in my bundt cakes! :) This bundt cake looks and sounds beautiful Lora!

  26. I think my goal for the new year will be to take part in this club. I love bundts and for some reasons the magazines rarely include them. So, I'll jump in with you guys and come up with my own using whatever special doodad ya'll come up with. This one looks fantastic. Love me some limoncello.

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