Amazing Amaretto Pound Cake

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Today, ladies and gentlemen, I bring you Amazing Amaretto Pound Cake. Amaretto, an almond-flavored liqueur, is one of the main ingredients in this amaretto cake recipe, so I knew it would be terrific.

I hope you try this special cake today!

Amazing Amaretto Pound Cake
Amaretto Pound Cake, by Simply Sated for Platter Talk.

What is it?

This amaretto cake recipe tastes as beautiful as it looks

Hello! I am honored to be here today. I am a huge fan of Platter Talk, and am constantly amazed by the variety of delicious and inspired recipes created in the Platter Talk kitchen.

Thank you Dan and Scott for asking me to be a part of the conversation today.

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I was positive I would adore this  special cake because I have a love affair with almonds – from whole nuts to paste to Amaretto.

If asked to dye my hair chartreuse in exchange for an almond paste-filled pastry Bear Claw, I would gladly agree.

Keep in mind – I’m a pale, pink-ish woman, and that would not be a good look. But…for a pastry Bear Claw – yeah!  If there is a shred of doubt, here is proof.

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Susie Gall from Simply Sated

Amazing Amaretto Pound Cake is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside.

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This amaretto cake recipe will be a hit at your house!

One of my favorite things about food blogging is I learn at least one intriguing culinary tidbit every single day.

It keeps life in the kitchen interesting, and today I learned something that surprised me. I learned Amaretto is not always made with almonds; it can also be made with apricot pits.

Some of you might be thinking, “Why, of course silly woman, I have known that since I was five years of age.” Some of you, like I, are repeating Gary Coleman’s famous quote from Diff’rent Strokes, “Whatcha’ talkin’ about Willis?”

I guess it doesn’t really matter – I was just surprised. I like apricots so I’m sure Amaretto will taste delicious no matter what ingredients are used.

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I guarantee you, my fellow almond lovers, that all your almond cravings will be satisfied right here, right now with this delicious three-types-of-almonds-in-the-recipe cake.

It is all almond-y, has the perfect sweetness (unless one wants it sweeter by adding more glaze) and has that beautiful pound cake texture. Plus, see how elegant it looks when baked in my antique tube pan.

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This Amazing Amaretto Pound Cake is made by Simply Sated.

I don’t think I went too far creating this almond path winding its way from pound cake to pound cake. I don’t think I did, but then again, I’m willing to dye my hair chartreuse for a bite of almond pastry. And in particular, for a slice of an amaretto cake recipe such as this.

Then again, maybe – just maybe my husband and daughter are correct, and I spent a little too much time playing with almonds that day.

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I better go now; I have an errand to run. This Special Cake is not with us anymore, and my husband just walked through the door carrying a bag of gorgeous pastry Bear Claws. I sure hope chartreuse hair coloring isn’t too difficult to find.

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I hope you have enjoyed this amaretto cake recipe and my visit with you today as much as I have enjoyed being here. Please come over and spend some more time with me at Simply Sated where I simply love to cook and I love to cook simply.

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Thank you, Susie Gall, for sharing this Amazing Amaretto Pound Cake!

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Amazing Amaretto Pound Cake

4.75 from 16 votes
This amaretto cake recipe is originally from. Southern Living Amaretto-Almond Pound Cake.Try this special cake today!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total: 1 hour 25 minutes
Yield: 12 servings


For the Cake:

  • cups butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup Amaretto, almond-flavored liqueur
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1- tablespoon vanilla extract
  • cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds – Fresh Gourmet-Honey Roasted are terrific☺

For the Amaretto Glaze:

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • ¼ cup Amaretto, almond-flavored liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons water


For the cake:

  • Preheat oven to 325F.
  • Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt cake pan or tube pan.
  • Using an electric stand mixer, beat softened butter and cream cheese at medium speed 2 or until creamy.
  • Slowly add in sugar then beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add liqueur, almond and vanilla; beat just until incorporated.
  • Reduce speed to low then gradually add flour to butter mixture. Beat batter just until incorporated after each addition of flour.
  • Keep mixer on low speed and add eggs one-at-a-time; mix only long enough for eggs to be incorporated into the batter.
  • Sprinkle almonds over the bottom of the prepared Bundt pan (the bottom will become the top after the cooked cake cools.
  • Slowly pour the batter over the almonds in the pan.
  • Bake at 325F for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Be careful not to over-bake, this cake can become dry quickly.
  • While the cake is baking, prepare the Amaretto Glaze. When cake is done, remove it from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
  • Reheat the glaze, stirring constantly, and slowly spoon the glaze over the hot cake.


Calories: 630kcal, Carbohydrates: 76g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 155mg, Sodium: 253mg, Potassium: 105mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 55g, Vitamin A: 980IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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This amaretto cake recipe is originally from. Southern Living Amaretto-Almond Pound Cake.Try this special cake today!

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  1. The instructions for the glaze are unclear. It says to pour half the glaze on the cake after it comes out of the pan. What do you do with the rest of the glaze? Do you heat it on the stove or just mix the ingredients together while the cake bakes?

  2. Just when I thought pound cake couldn’t get anymore glorious. This is such a stunning dish too!

  3. 5 stars
    Love, love, love amaretto!! In fact we use it in quite a few desserts. One we haven’t made is a pound cake. It looks beautiful and what a lovely dessert to have for the holidays. Perhaps even a smidgeon of amaretto in a small glass to go along with it.

  4. 5 stars
    I love amaretto and this pound cake looks so good. But I am in love with that pan. I want one. The texture of this cake looks really amazing. I can’t wait to try.

  5. 5 stars
    I just love amaretto and how you used it in a cake! I have a huge bottle that I got as a birthday present and will be trying this cake asap!

  6. 5 stars
    Oh, this cake drives me crazy! Looks very beautiful. He will decorate any festive table. Great dessert for any holiday. I want to try a a piece of this amazing cake with a cup of tea or coffee and I’m sure it is very tasty.

  7. 5 stars
    This is such a beautiful pound cake! I love the Bundt pan and the amaretto glaze is amazing! This would be great for any day but a wonderful cake to bring to any family dinner!

  8. 5 stars
    This pound cake is gorgeous!! I am actually craving pound cake because of these photos!!