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Miniature Amaretto Cakes

Looking for creative ideas for cupcakes? How about a grownup spin, using Amaretto? This has to be the world's best cupcake recipe - I know we love it in our house!

Cooking Time25 min


  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup Amaretto
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup


  1. Generously grease and flour eight 4-inch fluted tube pans or twenty 2½-inch muffin cups.
  2. Let butter and eggs stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  4. Stir together flour, baking powder, and nutmeg.
  5. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds.
  6. Add 1 cup of the sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on medium-high speed about 6 minutes or till mixture is very light and fluffy.
  7. Add eggs, one at a time, beating 1 minute after each addition, scraping bowl often.
  8. Stir in 1/3 cup of the Amaretto, the lemon peel, and vanilla.
  9. Gradually add flour mixture, beating on medium-low speed just till combined.
  10. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  11. Bake in a 325°F oven 20 to 25 minutes for 4-inch pans, 22 minutes for muffin pans, or till a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.
  12. Cool on rack 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans. Cool thoroughly.
  13. Prick fluted top and sides of each cake or top and sides of each cupcake generously with tines of a fork.



  1. In saucepan combine remaining sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, and 1/2 cup water.
  2. Cook and stir over medium heat till bubbly and sugar is dissolved; remove from heat.
  3. Stir in remaining Amaretto. Cool 5 minutes.
  4. Dip top and sides of each cake or top and sides of each cupcake into syrup.
  5. Place on wire rack above a baking sheet.
  6. Spoon or brush remaining syrup over tops of cakes. Cool.
  7. Wrap cakes individually in plastic wrap; chill up to 3 weeks.   You can also transfer to a tightly covered container and chill up to 3 weeks.
  8. For giving, place the individually wrapped cakes in a tissue-paper-lined box or place on foil-covered cardboard and overwrap with cellophane. Makes 8 miniature cakes or 20 cupcakes — 4 gifts.

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