Amaretto Cake

Amaretto Cake

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Amaretto liqueur adds a delicious yet mildly bitter almond flavour to cakes and baked goods. Dust this one with icing sugar and top with berries for an elegant finish.


Serves: 12 

  • Glaze
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) amaretto liqueur
  • 1 cup (125g) sifted icing sugar
  • Cake
  • 1 (500g) packet vanilla cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 150g instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond essence
  • 2 tablespoons amaretto liqueur

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:2hours cooling  ›  Ready in:3hours 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour a 25cm ring tin.
  2. Glaze: Blend sifted icing sugar with 1/2 cup amaretto until smooth. Add more amaretto if icing isn't runny; set aside.
  3. Cake: In a large bowl combine cake mix, eggs, instant vanilla pudding, water, oil, almond essence and 2 tablespoons of amaretto; blend together well. Pour cake mix into the prepared tin.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of cake comes out clean. Remove cake from oven and while it is still warm, poke holes in the surface with a skewer.
  5. Drizzle cake with the glaze, insuring that some fills the holes. Let the cake cool for at least 2 hours before removing from the tin.

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I loved this cake. The texture was so moist and delicious, and the amaretto glaze that soaked into the cake made it a little goey and sticky. There was too much Amaretto in the glaze though - next time I will use 1/4 cup amaretto and 1/4 cup water. - 13 May 2012

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