Amaretto Pound Cake Recipe

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Amaretto Pound Cake (with optional amaretto glaze) is a pound cake flavored with almond liqueur. Made from scratch, it’s rich, buttery, moist, and completely insanely delicious! This cake is perfect for any occasion and always gets rave reviews!

Amaretto Pound Cake

AMARETTO POUND CAKE

Amaretto is a sweet, almond-flavored Italian liqueur. It gives an Italian spin to this classic pound cake recipe.

If you grew up in the South, you grew up eating pound cake and biscuits! Everybody has a favorite Pound Cake recipe; most likely, it’s the one your Mother or Grandmother made. Well, not me, no, I don’t have a favorite Pound Cake recipe… I have many favorite Pound cake recipes!!!

Amaretto Pound Cake

Pound Cakes

Trust me, I’ve tried a lot of Pound Cake recipes! It’s my favorite thing ever to make!! Unfortunately, it’s surprising that I don’t have one on the blog yet (and I’ve been blogging for a year!)

So, What’s my excuse reason for baking you an Amaretto Pound Cake today? Glad you asked. Randomly, my friend sent me a dozen eggs that were already cracked! Twelve eggs in a bowl. I know, so random! People do random food stuff like this to me. Are you asking yourself why he wanted 12 egg shells? Yeah, I thought so! He needed the shells for calcium for his tomato plants! Did you know tomato plants need calcium, and apparently a lot of it, in the soil or the tomatoes will rot on the vines?

Maybe it’s true, maybe it’s not, maybe it’s an old wives tale, but he has 12 crushed eggshells around his tomato plants. We’ll see if it works! I’ll keep you posted.

Amaretto Pound Cake Mixing Method

  • Coat a ten-inch tube pan or bundt pan with solid vegetable shortening then either flour or sugar. I use granulated sugar because it doesn’t leave white areas on the cake. Alternatively, you can use Wilton Cake Release.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Sift the flour then measure it using the scoop and level method for measuring flour. Next, sift the salt and baking powder together and add it to the flour mixture.
  • In the bowl of your electric mixer, mix the butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating until the yellow disappears after each addition.
  • Mix in Amaretto. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides with a spatula.
  • Add the milk and flour mixture alternately, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Stop the mixture and scrape the sides. Give the mixer another whirl to combine everything.
  • Pour batter into prepared tube pan, leveling the top with a spatula.
  • Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes. (Start checking at 1 hour 15 minutes; your oven may be hotter than mine.) If your cake pan is dark, it may take less time, and if it is light, it may take more time. You’ll need to watch it closely and test it.
  • Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes before inverting it on a platter. (Instructions for adding the glaze are below.)

Optional Amaretto Butter Glaze

This is an optional glaze that you can add to this bundt cake. You have two options for the glaze: You can poke tiny holes with a skewer while the cake is still in the pan, pour the glaze over the cake, and allow it to seep into the cake, then carefully remove the cake from the pan.

Another option is to remove the cake from the pan after 30 minutes and spoon the glaze over the pound cake, allowing it to seep into the cake.

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons Amaretto Liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon water
Amaretto Pound Cake

TIPS AND MORE…

  1. Read the recipe through completely at least twice so you know what comes next.
  2. A stand mixer will make your life immensely easier. I can’t imagine all this mixing by hand or even with a hand mixer!
  3. You can use a bundt pan. I used this tube pan. A good rule of thumb when baking pound cakes is to always leave 2 inches from the batter to the top of the pan to allow for rising. Also, always place your baking pan on a cookie sheet to catch any overflows.
  4. Allow your eggs, butter, and dairy to come to room temperature before mixing.
  5. I always use salted real butter in my pound cakes. It’s a personal preference. You can use either salted or unsalted butter.
  6. Use real butter. No margarine!
  7. I recommend calibrating your oven at least once a year. This post explains how to Calibrate your oven.

For all my pound cake baking tips and techniques, please read Bake the Perfect Pound Cake

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While you’re here, check out these recipes

  1. Amaretto Peach Upside Down Pound Cake
  2. Coffee Cake Pound Cake
  3. Orange Creamsicle Pound Cake
  4. AMARETTO CREAM CHEESE COFFEE CAKE RECIPE
  5. CHOCOLATE AMARETTO POUND CAKE
  6. Amaretto Pineapple Upside Down Pound Cake
  7. BEST BANANA PUDDING POUND CAKE WITH AMARETTO LIQUEUR
  8. You can find more recipes at my Recipe Index 
Amaretto Pound Cake

Amaretto Pound Cake

This pound cake flavored with an almond liqueur. It’s rich, buttery, moist, and completely, insanely delicious!
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour measured correctly
  • teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs at room temperature
  • cup Amaretto liqueur
  • 1 cup milk at room temperature

Butter Glaze (optional)

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  • Coat a ten-inch tube pan or bundt pan with solid vegetable shortening then either flour or sugar. I use granulated sugar because it doesn't leave white areas on the cake. Alternately, you can use Wilton Cake Release.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Sift the flour then measure it using the scoop and level method for measuring flour. Next, sift the salt and baking powder together and add it to the flour mixture.
  • In the bowl of your electric mixer, mix the butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating until the yellow disappears after each addition.
  • Mix in Amaretto. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides with a spatula.
  • Add the milk and flour mixture alternately, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Stop the mixture and scrape the sides. Give the mixer another whirl to combine everything.
  • Pour batter into prepared tube pan, leveling the top with a spatula.
  • Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes. (Start checking at 1 hour 15 minutes; your oven may be hotter than mine.) If your cake pan is dark, it may take less time, and if it is light, it may take more time. You’ll need to watch it closely and test it.
  • Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes before inverting it on a platter. (Instructions for adding the glaze are below.)

Optional glaze

  • Add the sugar, butter, and water to a small saucepan. Whisk it and bring it to a low boil and boil for 2 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved. Remove the mixture from the heat and add the amaretto. Whisk to combine. Slow pour over cake.

Nutrition

Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 494IU | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
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106 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Hi Paula,
    I just baked this cake and I love it! Love the texture and of course the flavour, but maybe I’ll decrease a little bit of sugar for the next time. Thanks a lot for sharing your recipe.
    Greetings from Perú!

  2. 5 stars
    Hey, Paula just a quick comment from a baking admirer. I enjoy your wonderful images and pound cake recipes they are awesome and kind of curious if you ever considered poking a few holes in the tops of them with a wooden skewer (like poke cake) when glazing them? This reason is that some of that lovely glaze would then go down inside the pound cake and get soaked up in it provided you did not soak it. Instead of just pouring it on top and watching it go down the sides to the bottom of the cake. The cake will absorb it from the bottom but I thought it would really increase the flavor? Any thoughts?

    1. Oh yeah, I do all the time. Did I not put that in the post? 😜 It’s such a habit maybe I haven’t explained to do that very well. The Rum Pound Cake I just posted I did and oh myyyy, it was sooooo gooooood 😁

    1. You can substitute vegetable oil, cup for cup, for shortening. However, using oil versus shortening will change the texture of a cake. Shortening will add more air to the batter when beaten in. Using oil will make a more dense cake.

  3. 5 stars
    My husband has deemed this the “best cake I have ever made” thank you for this recipe… always a crowd pleaser…

  4. Thanks so much for the recipe! Amaretto is my favorite pound cake. For this recip, can I sub butter for the shortening?
    Thanks!
    Michelle

  5. hi paula…

    whether there are other materials
    Substitute From amaretto
    which has the same function?

  6. Hi Paula,
    Great recipes and thank you for sharing. Can you tell me what are your other two pound cake favorites?

  7. Does this freeze well? I’d like to make it a few days ahead of time (Saturday for serving on Wednesday). It looks delicious.

  8. i understand what jt is an alcohol can the amareta besubtusted for something non alchol

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