Saturday, July 10, 2010
Almond Paste Cake with Amaretto Hot Fudge Sauce
This cake will make you think about it all day just looking at it, then you will ask yourself, why haven't I tried this one before, after you've had your first piece.
Always a favorite growing up. Dense like a pound cake and rich in almond flavor, simple. The chocolate sauce will make everyone go for that second piece as well.....enjoy~
Almond Paste Cake
2 sticks butter, softened, more for buttering pan
1 cup sour cream, at room temperature
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (measured after sifting)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
7-oz tube almond paste, cut into small pieces
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
Recipe Below for Amaretto Hot fudge Sauce
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter sides and bottom
of one 9-inch spring form pan. Mix together the sour cream and baking soda in a small bowl. Sift the flour and salt into another bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the almond paste, a little at a time, at medium speed, and beat for 8 minutes.
Beat in the egg yolks one at a time, and mix until incorporated. It will look curdled; don't worry. Blend in the almond extract and sour cream mixture. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, just until blended. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
Bake about 1 hour. It is done when you press the top and it returns to its shape, and also shrinks from the sides of the pan. Remove from the oven and place on a baking rack to cool in the pan. Make Hot Fudge Amaretto sauce while cake is baking.
Amaretto Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons Amaretto
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine condensed milk, chocolate and salt in top of double boiler over rapidly boiling water. Stir and cook until chocolate melts and mixture thickens, about 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in water, a little at a time, until sauce reaches desired consistency. Cool slightly and stir in Amaretto and vanilla . Drizzle over cake. Refrigerate any unused for up to a week.