Saturday, January 19, 2013

Dina's Amaretto Cake- Talk about a Party on a Plate!

Can a cake get you tipsy?


Well, if it's Dina's Amaretto Cake, it can!
I first met Dina, my down-the-street neighbor, about ten years ago.  I immediately liked her "Garden and Gun" style and the fact that we were both California girls who ended up in the South.

We had a lot in common from dogs to decor, and I remember being so impressed when she told me she had (and had cooked from) The Sopranos Cookbook.  A true Italian, and her alluring boldness showed in her life, her work, her Facebook comments... and especially in her cake.

Memorable, to say the least, this easy-to-make Amaretto Cake is full of Italian flavors, and boldly knows how to start a party and keep it going!


Here's Dina's awesome recipe (thanks Dina!)

Dina's Amaretto Cake

For the cake:

1 package yellow cake mix
1 (5oz) package vanilla instant pudding mix
4 eggs
6 teaspoons amaretto liqueur
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

For the glaze:

1/2 cup amaretto liqueur
1 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients for the cake and blend together well.  Pour batter into greased 10 inch Bundt pan.  Bake for about 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean.  Cool for a few minutes, and then while cake is still warm, invert onto a serving plate.  Poke holes with a toothpick all over the top and sides while cake is still warm.  Prepare the glaze by mixing both ingredients until smooth.  Slowly drizzle glaze all over before the cake cools.




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