A mix of trend and tradition, this Golden Amaretti Christmas Cake is a delicious addition to any festive celebration. Created with love and expertise, this recipe takes the stress out of baking and offers an incredibly simple yet delicious treat. With the foolproof all-in-one method, even inexperienced bakers can achieve perfection. Amaretti’s golden hue and irresistible aroma add a modern twist to the classic Christmas cake and ensure it stands out on your festive dessert table. So treat yourself to this heavenly creation that effortlessly combines simplicity and sophistication.
- 1 large orange
- 175g dried apricot
- 700g mixed dried fruits
- 120ml sweet Marsala (or sweet cream sherry) plus a little extra to feed the cake
- 250g unsalted butter, softened
- 250g bag of crispy amaretti cookies
- 150g light, soft brown sugar
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 125g plain flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp spice mix
- 50 g roasted almond flakes
- 1 tbsp apricot cake icing
- 125g royal icing sugar, plus some for dusting
- 750g natural marzipan
- Gold cake spray
- a handful of whole blanched almonds
- 50 g crispy amaretti cookies
- Sugar balls, snowflakes or Christmas sprinkles
- Grate the zest of the orange and squeeze the juice (approx. 120 ml/1 cup) into a large bowl.
- Use scissors to cut the apricots into small pieces and then add the dried fruit and marsala.
- Cover with cling film and let soak overnight.
- Rub the inside of a round, deep cake tin with a diameter of 20 cm with a little butter.
- Line the bottom and sides with a double layer of parchment.
- Preheat the oven to 160°C/140°C fan/gas 3.
- Place 200g of the biscuits in a large food bag, press out the air and then beat the biscuits into fine crumbs.
- Place the remaining butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and creamy, 2 minutes.
- Mix in the eggs one at a time.
- Add flour, baking powder, spice mix and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
- Add the crumbs and mix for a few seconds until smooth.
- Fold in the soaked fruit and almonds with a spatula.
- Scrape the cake mix into the prepared pan.
- Level the top and make a saucer-sized well in the center of the dough.
- Bake for 2 hours, then turn the oven down to 140°C/fan 120°C/gas 1.
- Cover the cake with foil and bake for another 1 hour and 30 minutes or until risen and dark golden brown.
- Check if the cake is done by inserting a cocktail stick into the center. It will come out dry when the cake is ready.
- Place on a cooling rack and let rest for a few hours.
- Use the cocktail skewer to poke deep holes all over the cake.
- Slowly drizzle 2 tablespoons of Marsala or sherry over the cake.
- When the cake has cooled completely, wrap it in clean baking paper and store it in a tin in a cool, dark place.
- Feed it every seven to ten days until you are ready to decorate it.
- Unwrap the cake and place it on a flat plate or board (10 inches or larger).
- Spread the cake with a thin layer of apricot glaze.
- Sift some royal powdered sugar onto your work surface.
- Unwrap the marzipan and knead it with your hands until it feels softer.
- Sprinkle the marzipan with more sugar and roll it out into an even circle about 35cm in diameter.
- Lift the marzipan over the cake, smooth it down to the board, then cut it with a knife.
- First, don’t cut too close to the cake.
- You can smooth the icing with a jam jar or tumbler and trim again if necessary.
- Spray the marzipan lightly with the gold spray.
- Spread the almonds on some baking paper and spray generously.
- Break four of the remaining 50g cookies into nuggets using your fingers.
- Mix the royal powdered sugar with 4 teaspoons of cold water.
- It should be thick but flow very slowly when you drop it from the spoon.
- Pour it over the cake, spreading it to the edge and letting it drip here and there.
- Use a spatula to help.
- First place the whole cookies on the cake, then add the broken cookies and the almonds in between.
- Place 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar in a fine sieve and sprinkle over the cake with a whisk.
- Sprinkle the cake with sugar balls, snowflakes or sprinkles and allow the icing to set.
Equipment and tools
To prepare the golden amaretti Christmas cake you will need the following equipment and tools:
- Large mixing bowl
- Electric mixer or whisk
- wooden spoon
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Sharp knife
- Baking dish or cake pan
- parchment paper
- Cooling rack
- Pastry brush
- Glazing spatula or spatula
- Decoration accessories (golden cake spray, blanched almonds, sugar balls, snowflakes or Christmas sprinkles)
This Golden Amaretti Christmas Cake contains the following allergens:
- butter (milk)
- Gluten (from flour)
Storage and leftovers
Follow these guidelines to store your golden amaretti Christmas cake:
- Allow cake to cool completely before storing.
- Wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container.
- Store the cake in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
The cake will keep for up to 1 week. To keep it moist, feed the cake extra sweet marsala or sweet cream sherry every few days.
If you have leftovers, wrap them individually in plastic wrap or store in an airtight container. Leftover cake can be enjoyed for up to 3 days.
Health Benefits of Golden Amaretti Christmas Cake
Golden Amaretti Christmas Cake is not only a delicious treat for the holiday season but also offers several health benefits. Let’s discover the nutritious ingredients that make this cake a guilt-free treat.
This recipe includes a large orange that provides a refreshing citrus flavor. Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C and provide important antioxidants that boost the immune system and protect your body from harmful free radicals.
2. Dried apricot
With 175g of dried apricot, this cake is high in fiber. Fiber supports digestion, prevents constipation and contributes to a healthy digestive system. Apricots are also rich in important vitamins such as vitamins A, C and E.
3. Mixed dried fruits
The recipe includes 700g of mixed dried fruit, which often consists of a variety of dried berries and fruits. Dried fruits are concentrated sources of nutrients and provide vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They also provide natural sugar and fiber to keep you energized and help maintain a healthy weight.
4. Sweet Marsala
Adding 120ml of sweet Marsala wine not only enhances the flavor but also brings potential health benefits. Moderate consumption of sweet wine is associated with heart health due to its antioxidant properties.
5. Amaretti cookies
The 250g bag of crispy amaretti cookies gives the cake a delicious crunch and a slight sweetness. These cookies are usually made from almonds, which are rich in healthy fats, proteins, and fiber. Almonds have positive effects on heart health and can help control cholesterol levels.
6. Light soft brown sugar
While light, soft brown sugar adds sweetness to the cake, it’s worth noting that it contains fewer calories compared to regular refined white sugar. Because it is less processed, it also retains more minerals.
Using 4 large eggs gives this cake a moist and fluffy consistency. Eggs are a fantastic source of high-quality protein, essential vitamins and minerals. They contribute to muscle building and repair.
8. Roasted flaked almonds
The 50g of roasted flaked almonds not only provide a delicious crunch, but also offer additional health benefits. Almonds are a rich source of vitamin E, magnesium and healthy fats that promote brain health, skin radiance and overall well-being.
9. Apricot cake frosting
An apricot cake glaze gives the cake a nice shine. Apricots are known for their antioxidant properties and provide various vitamins and minerals.
10. Royal powdered sugar
125g of royal icing sugar gives the cake a delicate and stunning decoration. However, it is important to note that this ingredient is high in sugar and should be consumed in moderation.
11. Natural marzipan
Natural marzipan adds a layer of sweetness and texture to the cake. It adds a hint of almond flavor and offers similar health benefits to almonds.
12. Whole blanched almonds and sugar balls
A handful of whole blanched almonds and sugar balls for decoration add a festive touch. Although they may not provide significant health benefits, they give the cake an attractive look.
13. Crispy Amaretti Cookies and Snowflakes
The additional 50g of crispy amaretti cookies, along with sugar balls or Christmas sprinkles, contribute to the overall presentation of the cake. These ingredients are mainly for decoration purposes.