Coffee and Amaretto Cake


Today has been a sugar-filled day, starting with custard doughnuts and buttermilk pancakes at Maltby Street (more about that soon!) and finishing with a cake I baked for the Lavazza Coffee Set Match challenge.


Using this recipe (in Italian only), I have made a Coffee and Amaretto Cake. It’s perfect to have for breakfast, of course with a good coffee on the side.

I am a big fan of “amaretti”: these almond flavoured macaroons are traditional to the city of Saronno in the north of Italy, and often use them as ingredient for desserts.


This recipe was very easy to make and can be adapted to your taste, for example replacing the amaretti with chocolate biscuits.


  • 3 eggs
  • 150g butter
  • 150g white sugar
  • 300g plain flour
  • 180ml milk
  • 3/4 lievito Pane degli Angeli (equals to 12g baking powder)
  • 100g amaretti biscuits
  • 100ml freshly brewed coffee
  • icing sugar to decorate



In a bowl, mix the eggs and the sugar, beating them with an electric whisk. Melt the butter and keep it on the side to cool down.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour with the baking powder. Then add the milk, the egg/sugar mixture and the melted butter. Whisk until you have removed all the lumps.

Pre-heat the oven to 160 °C. Grease a cake pan and pour half of the cake batter. Dip the amaretti in the coffee and line them over the cake.


Pour the rest of the batter over the biscuits. Bake for 30 minutes.

Decorate the cake with icing sugar.

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macaron lover
macaron lover
23/05/2012 05:59

what a great photo-rich post! Can you pass me a slice phleease! Nice to see what amaretti macaroons are…have you ever made macarons (RONS not roons)? Here’s a recipe if anyone is game enough :)

20/05/2012 22:25

Oh my gosh this looks so good! I HAVE to try it! [:

Sandy Patel (@letapydnas)
20/05/2012 10:21

For all those who commented above but have not been able to taste this cake yet here is an insider tip. It is genuisly heavenly. It has a perfect texture as to dip it in coffee and the cake holds itself as against crumbling out. I do feel privileged and scared (to get too fat to soon) to be living with this Chef!

20/05/2012 15:39

This cake is so good when dipped in cappuccino!! Slurp! :)

20/05/2012 09:19

What a ridiculously great idea! I’m very impressed. Amaretto is on my list of things to make :D. I too adore them, best thing to have with a coffee.

20/05/2012 15:41
Reply to  frugalfeeding

Amaretti and coffee are a great match, I’ve prepared another recipe that I’ll share soon!

20/05/2012 17:12
Reply to  mondomulia

I look forward to it!

20/05/2012 09:01

I was so jealous when you tweeted a picture of those custard doughnuts yesterday, they looked SO good. But this looks equally delicious and I’d happily tuck into a slice for my breakfast right now :-)

20/05/2012 15:40
Reply to  thelittleloaf

If you haven’t tried St John’s doughnuts yet, you must do so soon!!

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