Amaretto Dream Cake

This richly flavored layer cake combines the richness of cream cheese, the fruity sweetness of apricots, and the unmistakable flavor of amaretto.

Serves: 16Hands-on: 35 minutesTotal: 1 hour 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 16

Ingredients

  • 1 box (18.25 oz.) box yellow cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp. amaretto, divided
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 can (15 oz.) apricot halves, drained
  • 2 packages (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour two round 9" cake pans. Set aside.
  • Combine cake mix, eggs, buttermilk, ¼ cup amaretto, and oil. Beat for 4 minutes using an electric mixer set to low speed. Turn batter into cake pans.
  • Bake for 35 minutes. Allow cakes to cool completely.
  • When cakes are completely cool to the touch, lay cake layers on a clean, flat surface. Mark the middle of the cake layer with toothpicks. With toothpicks as your guide, slice horizontally, using a few slow even strokes of a serrated knife. Carefully remove top layer to a clean, flat surface. Repeat this process with the second layer to create four layers total.
  • Combine drained apricots and ½ cup plus two tablespoons amaretto in a blender and blend until completely smooth.
  • Center bottom layer of cake on platter. Smooth one third of the apricot mixture on top of the cake layer. Repeat for next two layers.
  • Beat cream cheese and remaining 3 tablespoons amaretto until cheese is soft. Add confectioners’ sugar and beat until smooth. Frost cake with cream cheese mixture.

Recipe Information

Serves: 16

Ingredients

  • 1 box (18.25 oz.) box yellow cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp. amaretto, divided
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 can (15 oz.) apricot halves, drained
  • 2 packages (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour two round 9" cake pans. Set aside.
  • Combine cake mix, eggs, buttermilk, ¼ cup amaretto, and oil. Beat for 4 minutes using an electric mixer set to low speed. Turn batter into cake pans.
  • Bake for 35 minutes. Allow cakes to cool completely.
  • When cakes are completely cool to the touch, lay cake layers on a clean, flat surface. Mark the middle of the cake layer with toothpicks. With toothpicks as your guide, slice horizontally, using a few slow even strokes of a serrated knife. Carefully remove top layer to a clean, flat surface. Repeat this process with the second layer to create four layers total.
  • Combine drained apricots and ½ cup plus two tablespoons amaretto in a blender and blend until completely smooth.
  • Center bottom layer of cake on platter. Smooth one third of the apricot mixture on top of the cake layer. Repeat for next two layers.
  • Beat cream cheese and remaining 3 tablespoons amaretto until cheese is soft. Add confectioners’ sugar and beat until smooth. Frost cake with cream cheese mixture.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories380
Total Fat11g
Saturated Fat4.5g
Cholesterol50mg
Sodium320mg
Total Carbohydrate67g
Dietary Fiber1g
Sugars50g
Protein4g