So when I was looking for a cake for Jim’s birthday this weekend, it was the place I looked. I gave him a couple of choices and the one he decided on was an amazing sounding Chocolate and Amaretto Cake. Jim loves all things almond so with almond meal, amaretto and amaretti biscuits in it I don’t know why I even thought there would be a decision to be made.
4 large eggs
50 g Caster Sugar
200g Self raising flour
100g Ground Almonds
1 Sachet of pane degli angeli ( An Italian vanilla flavored raising agent) or 1tsp baking powder with 2tsp Vanilla extract – i used the baking powder as even waitrose didn’t have the raising agent.
200g Butter, Melted
200g Good quality dark chocolate, chopped
200g Amaretti Biscuits crushed
2 tbsp Amaretto liqueur (going to be honest – I used much more!)
Pre heat the oven to 180 deg C and grease and line a 23cm round cake tin.
In a large bowl beat the eggs and sugar together using a wooden spoon. Add the flour, almonds, baking powder and vanilla and melted butter and mix well. Stir in the chunks of chocolate, amaretti biscuits and Amaretto liqueur, mixing well. You should mix this cake by hand to retain the chunky texture.
Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 45 – 50 minutes until the top is firm to touch and a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
Leave to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes, the transfer to a wire rack to cool.