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This Aperol Spritz Cake Recipe Turns the Classic Cocktail Into a Delicious Dessert

It’s your favorite Italian cocktail made into dessert

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Nothing says summer like a refreshing Aperol Spritz, but what if you could turn that beloved cocktail into a dessert? Enter the Aperol Spritz cake—a vibrant, citrusy treat that’s perfect for warm weather. Inspired by the classic Italian aperitif, this cake is light, zesty and incredibly easy to make in an hour. With its bright orange hue and delightful flavor, it will be the star of your summer table. We love how moist and fluffy it tastes with a hint of sparkling Prosecco, all topped with a creamy pink frosting. Whether you serve it at an adults-only pool party or weekend gathering, this cake will transport your guests to the Italian Riviera. Here’s how to make it. 

What is an Aperol Spritz cake?

An Aperol Spritz is a popular Italian cocktail known for its refreshing and bittersweet flavors. It typically consists of Aperol (an Italian aperitif), Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) and a splash of soda water. The cocktail is garnished with a slice of orange and served over ice, making it a perfect sip for summer.

Now, take the flavors of an Aperol Spritz and infuse it into a moist, citrus dessert. This cake features a light sponge cake infused with Aperol and orange zest and covered in an Aperol-infused glaze. Watch this TikTok to see the finished results:

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Spritz season but make it cake season. 🧡 Recipe: 1 cup sugar ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup oil 1 stick melted butter 2 eggs ¾ cup sparkling wine 1 tsp vanilla 1 ½ cups flour ½ cups almond meal 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking powder Zest from ½ orange Glaze: 2 cups powdered sugar 2 tablespoons butter 1 tsp orange zest Pinch salt 2-3 tablespoons aperol -set your oven to 350*and grease a 9 in round then whisk together the flour, almond, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Set aside. -whisk together the sugars, oil, melted butter then add the eggs and whisk well to combine. Add the sparkling wine, vanilla and orange zest and whisk well. -dump the dry ingredients onto the wet and mix just until combined and no lumps remain. Do not overmix. -pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35-45 minutes or just until the middle is set and it is golden brown. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes then remove from the pan and finish cooling on a wire rack. -Once fully cooled, you can prepare the icing by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl. Use aperol as needed to adjust the consistency of the icing. #cake #cakerecipes #aperolspritz #summervibes

♬ I Go – Peggy Gou

See also: Orange Aperol Sippers Recipe Is Extra Citrusy and Sweet for Summertime

Tips for making the best Aperol Spritz cake

While this dessert is super easy to make, here are some tips and tricks to guarantee yours comes out perfectly delicious:

1. Use fresh oranges

You’ll always get the best flavor if you use fresh oranges. Squeeze out your own orange juice and zest, if possible. But if you want to save time, store-bought juice works too. (Learn how to use leftover orange peels!)

2. Infuse the cake with Aperol

What really takes this treat over the top is the cake with Aperol soaked inside. For the most flavor, while the cake is still warm, poke small holes all over the surface with a skewer and brush it with Aperol.

3. Perfect your glaze

Adjust the consistency by adding more powdered sugar or liquid as needed. The glaze should be thick enough to coat the cake but not so runny that it drips off completely.

Aperol Spritz cake recipe

This recipe from How Sweet Eats is packed with tons of fresh orange zest and Greek yogurt for a moist crumb.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbs. freshly grated orange zest
  • 3 Tbs. freshly juiced orange juice
  • 2 Tbs. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbs. Aperol
  • 1 Tbs. Prosecco
  • ½ Tbs. orange juice

Directions:

  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 16 servings
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch square baking dish or bundt pan with nonstick baking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until combined. Whisk in the oil, orange zest and juice until combined. Add in the vanilla, then the yogurt and stir until no lumps remain. Stir in the dry ingredients until smooth. Pour the batter in the baking dish.
  4. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Meanwhile, combine the last four ingredients to make the glaze. Let the cake cool for 20 minutes or so, then drizzle the glaze over top. Let it cool completely before serving.

Storing instructions

Store the cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or refrigerate for up to a week. If refrigerating, let the cake come to room temperature before serving to fully enjoy its flavors.


Try some other orange-infused treats:

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Fresh and Fruity Berry-Orange Sangria Recipe Is a Guaranteed Crowd Pleaser

Our Dreamy Orange Creamsicle Cake Recipe Is Pure Delight!

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