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Chocolate Amaretto Biscuit Cake

No Bake | 27th November 2013 | By

 Now I do love a good biscuit cake and here, as promised in my persimmon chocolate cakes post, is the recipe for the Chocolate Amaretto Cake guaranteed to enhance any gathering. It’s certainly guaranteed to put me in a good mood.

With no added syrup, sugar or honey and the addition of Amaretto, this is a very grown up version of tiffin. Made in the form of a loaf cake, it slices neatly into finger size morsels. As we are not good at restraint in this household, I thought I’d better make two mini loaves rather than a great big one. This proved to be a wise decision as stopping was a lot harder than starting when it came to tucking in time. The smooth ganache made for a great contrast with the crunchy biscuits and nuts and the cherries provided bursts of sweetness amongst the rich layers of chocolate. The Amaretto came through as a trilling top note which left us almost bursting into song. For a biscuit cake, I thought this looked rather striking with its contrasting layers of white and dark dotted through with a splash of cherry colour.

CT thought the cake had the scent of Christmas about it with its strong and fruity aroma. It was quite soft and best eaten with a fork which he liked as it wasn’t too hard like some biscuit cakes are. He described the finish as glossy like a Labrador’s coat and he found the dark chocolate to be a good foil to the general sweetness. The slight bitterness from the walnuts also met with his approval. As for the heady taste of Amaretto, it left a pleasant glow in his stomach. He pronounced himself fully satisfied and wondered why I hadn’t made a bigger one.

With its glacé cherries, this is my submission to Tea Time Treats this month. Karen of Lavender and Lovage has chosen dried fruit to get us all in the mood to bake those Christmas cakes and puds. This is co-hosted by Kate of What Kate Baked.

Taking setting time out of the equation, these cakes are pretty quick to prepare, certainly under 30 minutes. This means they fit nicely into Sarah’s new challenge Dead Easy Desserts over at Maison Cupcake. And who wouldn’t want a slice of this luscious chocolate boozy cake as dessert?

 

 

Chocolate Amaretto Biscuit Cake
Serves 8
A luscious not too sweet dark chocolate biscuit cake which is simple to assemble but guaranteed to please.
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Ingredients
  1. 60g unsalted butter
  2. 60ml double cream
  3. 150g dark chocolate – chopped (I used 72%)
  4. 20ml Amaretto
  5. 40g walnuts – roughly chopped
  6. 40g natural glace cherries – halved
  7. 10 Rectangular butter biscuits
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter and cream together in a pan over very low heat. Remove from the heat. Add the chocolate and stir until just combined, then stir in the Amaretto to form a smooth and shiny ganache.
  2. Butter two 8 x 12 cm silicone loaf moulds (or use one larger mould).
  3. Divide 1/3 of the ganache between the two pans. Add a layer of biscuits. You may need to break the biscuits to fit (I managed 2 ½ biscuits on each layer. Cover with half of the cherries and walnuts. Add another 1/3 of the ganache, followed by the rest of the biscuits. Cover with the ganache and top with the remaining walnuts and cherries.
  4. Leave in a cold place to set – should be ready in 2-3 hours.
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40 Comments

  1. Christian Halfmann

    27th November 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Oh, that is a great sounding and looking cake. The restraint-thing could be a problem as well here. So far, though, I haven’t tried my new oven.

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    • Choclette

      28th November 2013 at 9:02 am

      Oh a new oven Chris, that does sound exciting. I think you need to christen it forthwith.

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    • linda

      6th July 2015 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks for posting such a fabulous recipe, me and hubby really enjoyed this dessert, it was fantastic. I used raspberries and amaretta biscuits with a little vanilla in the sauce. Wonderful.

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      • Choclette

        6th July 2015 at 10:20 pm

        Thanks for letting me know Linda. Glad you enjoyed it, though I’m not surprised with the addition of raspberries and vanilla 🙂

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  2. Laura @ Kneadwhine

    27th November 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I loooooove Amaretto! This looks great but I think I’d end up eating it all at once!

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    • Choclette

      28th November 2013 at 9:04 am

      Thanks Laura. Eating it all at once was the reason I didn’t make a larger version – no self control!

      Reply
  3. Foodycat

    27th November 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Oh wow – this looks wonderful!

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    • Choclette

      28th November 2013 at 9:06 am

      Thanks Alicia – it’s the sort of thing I always hope for when I see biscuit cakes in cafes. No luck so far.

      Reply
  4. Janice Pattie

    27th November 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Stop, stop! These are my favourite things, love Amaretto and chocolate, love the layering

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    • Choclette

      28th November 2013 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Janice – sometimes I just get a craving which has to be assuaged 🙂

      Reply
  5. laura@howtocookgoodfood

    27th November 2013 at 9:45 pm

    You have again get me with these flavours. What is better than Amaretto, nothing! I would use Petit Beurre here of I had some or maybe those lovely Leibnitz biscuits. This is just my kind of Tiffin!

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    • Choclette

      28th November 2013 at 11:05 am

      I might possibly be with you there Laura. Amaretto is amazing stuff. I was first introduced to it as a student when an Italian waiter always used to give his chosen few a free glass when we ate at his restaurant. It was the most sophisticated drink I’d ever had and has subsequently lived on as such.

      Reply
  6. Nazima Pathan

    27th November 2013 at 10:18 pm

    this looks stunning. What a perfect gift idea too. Wonderful tiffin idea Choclette

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    • Choclette

      28th November 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks Nazima. I’ve often thought of giving tiffin as a gift, but I’m not sure how to package it, so haven’t got around to it yet.

      Reply
  7. Johanna GGG

    27th November 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I can imagine this wouldn’t last long in our house either – looks delicious and festive – though I got so confused with amaretto that I thought you used amaretto biscuits til I read the ingredients 🙂

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    • Choclette

      28th November 2013 at 6:50 pm

      Yes Johanna, I can’t imagine it hanging around in many places. The biscuits are amaretti I think – it’s all in the i and o!

      Reply
  8. Torviewtoronto

    27th November 2013 at 11:07 pm

    looks wonderful lovely flavours

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    • Choclette

      28th November 2013 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you, chocolate cherries and amaretto are a great combination.

      Reply
  9. thelittleloaf

    28th November 2013 at 9:55 am

    Chocolate biscuit cake is one of my favourite desserts in the world ever. I love adding alcohol to it for a grown-up twist and amaretto is perfect, so festive 🙂

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    • Choclette

      28th November 2013 at 6:52 pm

      I’ve only ever added amaretto Kate. What do you put in?

      Reply
  10. Elizabeth Young

    28th November 2013 at 10:15 am

    This sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to give it a try on my Italian friends!

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    • Choclette

      28th November 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Oh yes Elizabeth, would be good to hear what they think.

      Reply
  11. underthebluegumtree

    28th November 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I absolutely love tiffin and the thought of it with a drop of alcohol…..oh my! Delicious.

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    • Choclette

      28th November 2013 at 6:55 pm

      Why is tiffin so darned delicious? I certainly find it very hard to resist – with or without alcohol.

      Reply
  12. Alida

    28th November 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I couldn’t think of a better combination than chocolate and amaretto. This is a beautiful and delicious biscuit with an Italian flair! They would certainly love it in Italy.. maybe you should launch it in the market! The red cherries make it Christmassey too!
    Well done!

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    • Choclette

      28th November 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Now there’s an idea Alida – I could make my fortune 😉 Very glad you approve and feel really pleased it get Italian approbation.

      Reply
  13. anna @ annamayeveryday

    28th November 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Chocolate and Amaretto together, I say! A proper Christmas treat – looks so delicious!

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  14. Anne Szadorska

    28th November 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Lol restraint is a swear word here!! Looks the finest biscuit cake I have ever seen, has so many gorgeous things in it I wouldn’t trust myself within 50 yards of it!!

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  15. The KitchenMaid

    29th November 2013 at 8:24 am

    Oh my. I could polish one of those off all by myself. Yum!

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  16. Karen S Booth

    30th November 2013 at 1:16 pm

    SUCH a pretty cakes as well as being TRES LUSH! Thanks for adding it to Tea Time Treats! Karen

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  17. HelenD

    30th November 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Hi, Choclette!
    I’ve found your absolutely gorgeous cakes from Karen’s blog and loved them.
    As I would like to try them before Christmas could you please tell me if there’s any sugar in them ?

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    • Choclette

      30th November 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Hi Helen, thanks for drawing my attention to the sugar error. I’ve corrected now. There is no added sugar as I think it is plenty sweet enough. But there is of course sugar in the biscuits, chocolate and Amaretto.

      Reply
  18. Charlene F

    30th November 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Another delicious chocolate bake from you xx

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  19. The Caked Crusader

    1st December 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Ooh yes please – love the idea of the amaretto!

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  20. Phil in the Kitchen

    2nd December 2013 at 11:25 pm

    I love the idea of an adult tiffin – Amaretto is indeed a lovely thing.

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  21. prwilson

    19th December 2013 at 3:02 am

    I love Amaretto.

    Reply
  22. Denise Herzfeld

    25th April 2014 at 2:40 pm

    oh wow this looks amazing !

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  23. Denise Herzfeld

    25th April 2014 at 2:41 pm

    This looks divine!

    Reply
  24. Ursula Hurley

    13th February 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Choclette,
    This biscuit/cake looks divine. We love cake with Amaretto but unfortunately no one here likes cherries and was wondering if I could use something else with the walnuts.
    Thank you

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    • Choclette

      13th February 2019 at 5:06 pm

      Goodness, not like cherries? What’s going on? You can substitute the cherries for raisins, cranberries or whatever dried fruit grabs your fancy. Let me know how you get on.

      Reply

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