Chocolate-Amaretto Heart Cake

By Jackie DeKnock  ,

October 30, 2015

This cake is sheer decadence, it is probably one of ‘the’ most impressive chocolate cakes that I have ever bitten into!

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  • Yields: Makes 1 large cake.



1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 1/2 cups (packed) golden brown sugar

2 large eggs

6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour

2/3 cup sour cream

3/4 cup hot coffee

Amaretto Buttercream Frosting

2 tablespoons butter softened (salted or unsalted, your call)

1 cup icing sugar

3 tablespoons Amaretto Liqueur (or whatever sweet liqueur you have)

French Chocolate Glaze

2 (4-ounce) semisweet chocolate squares, chopped

1/4 cup whipping cream 35%

2 tablespoons butter (salted or unsalted, your call)



Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 14x10x1-inch rimmed baking dish. Line sheet with parchment paper and butter the paper. If you don't have parchment paper, butter the baking dish and then flour it.

Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar and eggs; beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes 3 Minutes. Mix in next 4 ingredients. Beat in flour alternately with sour cream in 2 additions. Gradually add hot coffee; mix until smooth (batter will be thin).

Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Bake cake until toothpick inserted into centre comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 25 minutes 25 Minutes.

Cool cake completely in baking dish on wire rack. Using heart-shaped cookie cutters, cut out cake into heart shapes.

Amaretto Buttercream Icing

Beat all ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.

Spread Amaretto Buttercream Icing over top and sides of cake with a spatula, and freeze 15 minutes 15 Minutes.

French Chocolate Glaze

Heat chocolate and whipping cream in a double-boiler. Whisk until smooth. Whisk in butter. Let stand at room temperature, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes 30 Minutes or until slightly thickened.

Place cake hearts on wire rack and pour French Chocolate Glaze over cake spreading with a spatula, allowing it to drip down sides. Let cake stand at least 1 hour 60 Minutes before serving. Enjoy with your significant other!

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