Strawberry-Amaretto Cake

Make a strawberries and cream show-off cake that's bound for rave reviews.

  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 25 min
  • Servings 12

Ingredients

Cake

1
cup slivered almonds
1
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ white cake mix
3/4
cup water
1/2
cup amaretto liqueur
1/3
cup vegetable oil
3
egg whites

Amaretto Cream

1 1/2
cups whipping cream
1/4
cup granulated or powdered sugar
1/4
cup amaretto liqueur

Strawberries

1
cup thinly sliced fresh strawberries
6
large fresh strawberries, cut in half
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease and lightly flour two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans. Place almonds in food processor or blender. Cover; process until almonds are finely ground.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat almonds and remaining cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pans.
  • 3 Bake and cool as directed on box for 8- or 9-inch rounds.
  • 4 In chilled large bowl, beat amaretto cream ingredients with electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form.
  • 5 Place 1 cake layer, rounded side down, on serving plate. Spread with 1/2 cup amaretto cream; arrange sliced strawberries evenly on top. Top with second cake layer, rounded side up. Frost side and top of cake with remaining amaretto cream. Just before serving, garnish with strawberry halves. Store loosely covered in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

Instead of the amaretto liqueur in the cake batter, you can use 1 tablespoon almond extract plus enough water to equal 1/2 cup. In the amaretto cream, substitute 1 teaspoon almond extract plus 1/4 cup whipping cream for the amaretto liqueur.

A food processor makes quick work of grinding the almonds. For even grinding, scrape the sides and bottom of the food processor bowl occasionally.

Some of the juice from the strawberry halves will soak into the frosting, so add the strawberry garnish just before serving.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
410
(
Calories from Fat
190),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
21g
21%
(Saturated Fat
8g,
8%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
35mg
35%;
Sodium
290mg
290%;
Total Carbohydrate
44g
44%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
26g
26%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.