Glazed ‘n’ Tipsy Amaretto Cake

This morning’s cake comes from Kristin in Nashville. She knew I’d been having a tough time finding easy yet impressive recipes and sent me one of her favorites — Glazed ‘n’ Tipsy Amaretto Cake. Here’s what she had to say:

I thought I’d shoot over my new favorite party cake. I took it to THREE potlucks this weekend. It’s a cheater cake — based on cake mix and instant pudding — but delicious nonetheless. A few notes: It says to bake it 60-75 minutes, but that’s WAY too long. I find it works best somewhere around the 45-minute mark. I’ve also found that it absorbs a lot more of the sauce if you slice off the top before you invert the cake. And, take the “liberally” seriously when greasing the pan, or the nuts won’t stick to the sides and will collect into a hard, inedible mass on the top of the cake.

After reading that review, how could I not bake this cake immediately? I’m taking it to a party this evening and will report back with reviews. Here’s a picture of what it looked like last night before I wrapped it up and let it sit. Hopefully, I’ll remember to take along the extra amaretto sauce.

Amaretto Cake

Glazed ‘n’ Tipsy Amaretto Cake

1 package yellow cake mix
1 small package instant vanilla pudding
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup amaretto liqueur
1/2 cup almonds, lightly toasted and finely chopped

Combine all ingredients except the nuts. Beat for 5 minutes, until well-incorporated.
Grease large Bundt pan liberally with butter. Coat sides and bottom of pan with the nuts. Pour in batter.
Bake at 350 for 60-75 minutes. (Kristin says 45 minutes was plenty.) Cool cake completely in pan before turning out.

1 cup dark brown sugar
1 stick butter
1/2 cup amaretto liqueur
1/4 cup water

Combine all ingredients in small saucepan. Bring to boil and boil for one minute. Cool slightly and drizzle half the sauce over the cooled cake. Chill cake overnight for best results.

Anna’s Notes: After the cake had been turned from the pan and cooled, I used a long wooden skewer to poke holes around the top. This helped the cake to absorb more sauce. The holes kind of blend in with the top and weren’t unattractive. They’ll be even harder to see once the cake is drizzled with glaze the second time.

To toast the nuts, lay them on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes or until they appear brown around the edges – make sure to check them at 5 minutes.

Here’s a bonus picture of my friend Rachael. She lives at the farm where Fuzz takes horseback riding. I love her, but she’s been trying to butt me with her horns and it’s more frightening than you’d think. She’s small, but those horns are sharp.


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  1. says

    No fair — your cake looks prettier than mine did. (No surprise there….) Hope it’s yummy!

    My old roommate kept trying to convince me we needed to get a pet goat so that we wouldn’t have to mow the lawn and I could milk it and make homemade goat cheese. Not sure where she got the idea I’d be up for (or any good at) that process, although I do love goat cheese….

  2. says

    Jen, I think so too. She’s behaves like a dog, but her sharp horns are a concern.

    Kristin, your roommate was on to something. I don’t like goat cheese, though….or goat milk or anything else that comes from goats.

    Hi Therese,

    I didn’t slice the cake at any point. The topping is toasted sliced almonds that I pressed into the buttered pan before baking. I should post a picture of that.

  3. says

    I’ll clarify about the slicing, Therese. After I baked the cake but before I inverted it onto the plate, I sliced off a thin layer of “crust” off what becomes the bottom of the cake after you turn it out. I called it the top because it’s on top while the cake is still in the pan. You don’t have to do that, but I found the cake soaked up more of the liquor when I did that first. Clearer?

  4. says

    You know, I just kind of skipped the whole part about the slicing. I forgot to mention that I did poke holes in the cake to help absorb some of the sauce. I’m going to edit.

  5. E. says

    Does anyone know how long the sauce will keep in the refrigerator? I am wanting to use the sauce to pour over pound cake for a dinner on Thursday and wanted to go ahead and make the sauce today.

  6. says

    I think it would be okay. Personally, I’d make it maybe one or two days ahead, but if today’s the day you need to do it, that would probably be fine.

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