Saturday, February 27, 2010

Amaretto Cake

For all those Amaretto lovers on Facebook - You KNOW who you are!!!!

Amaretto cake (4 Miniatures, or one regular 6 cup size)
(from Better Homes and Gardens New Baking Book)

¾ cup butter
3 eggs
1 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¾ cut granulated sugar
¼ cup amaretto (for cake)
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
½ teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup cold water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons light-colored corn syrup
½ cup amaretto (for syrup)

1.Allow butter and eggs to go to room temperature. Generously grease and flour six 4 inch fluted tub pans or 1 6 cup fluted tube pan (the bundt cake pan)

2.Beat butter till creamed, then add the sugar and cream until mixture is fluffy. Can use a motorized hand mixer for this, unless you are old school (like me) and have a killer arm.

3.Stir in ¼ cup amaretto, lemon peel, and vanilla. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition and scraping bowl often. GRADUALLY add flour mixture to egg mixture, beating on medium-low speed just until combined.

4.Pour into pan(s)

5.Bake in 325 degree oven 20 – 25 minutes for 4 inch pans and 40 – 45 minutes for the 6 cup pan , or until toothpick near center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks. Remove after about 10 minutes (should fall out easily). Cool the rest of way on wire racks. When cool, pierce generously with tines of fork.

6.For syrup, in medium saucepan combine the ½ cup granulated sugar, the water, brown sugar and corn syrup. Cook and stir over medium heat until bubbly and most of the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in ½ cup amaretto. Cool for a few minutes, up to 5.

7.Dip fluted top and sizes of small cakes into syrup. Spoon or brush any remaining over tops of cakes. FOR 6 CUP: spoon or brush syrup over top and sides of cake, reusing syrup on the tray.

Chill. If wrapped or in container and chilled can last up to 3 weeks.

Now, picture this cake, warmed, with a small side of Bryer’s All Natural Vanilla Ice Cream, and an amaretto sour chaser? Yes. MMMMMmmmmmmm!!!!!!!

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