I reviewed a recipe book recently called Lola’s A Cake Journey Around The World and as part of my review I made an Amarula Cake from the book. I really enjoyed it as it contained some of my favourite flavours – chocolate, caramel and whipped cream. I also have a new love for Amarula! It’s similar to Baileys in that it’s a cream liquor, but it’s made with a fruit from South Africa called the marula fruit. I really wanted to make the Amarula cake again but I wanted to amp it up and really make it indulgent and special, so this Amarula, Chocolate & Caramel Cake was created!
I started by mixing the cocoa powder with boiling water, then left it to cool. In a different bowl I whisked up the eggs, caster sugar and vegetable oil with an electric hand whisk until it was frothy. I added the cocoa powder mixture and whisked it in.
Then I added the self raising flour, baking powder and some Amarula and folded it in. I separated the mixture into three 22cm cake tins and baked on 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 25 minutes.
I made the buttercream by mixing together the baking spread, Amarula and icing sugar. I stacked up the sponges, drizzling Amarula on each sponge before spreading them with some buttercream.
I covered the sponge in a base coat of buttercream and put it in the fridge for 1 hour to set.
I took it out and covered it again with the rest of the buttercream and I smoothed it out as best I could.
To decorate the Amarula cake I carefully piped blobs of the caramel on the edge of the cake, then covered the whole top of the cake with a thin layer of the caramel. I whipped up the double cream with some Amarula and icing sugar and piped it around the edges. I added bronze sprinkles and white chocolate stars in the centre, then cut some chocolate squares I got from The Chocolate Trading Co into triangles and stuck them into the cream. Finally a spritz of gold glitter finished it off! Of course, you can decorate the Amarula Cake any way you like.
This Amarula cake was everything I had dreamed of! Rich chocolate sponge, sticky caramel drizzle and sweet buttercream with Amarula flavour. It would make a fabulous cake for a celebration, or the ultimate way to treat yourself!
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Amarula, Chocolate & Caramel Cake
For the sponge
- 120 g Cocoa powder
- 250 ml Boiling water
- 6 Eggs
- 440 g Caster sugar
- 120 ml Vegetable Oil
- 500 g Self raising flour
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- A pinch of Salt
- 5 tbsp Amarula
For the buttercream
- 4 tbsp Amarula
- 900 g Icing sugar
- 450 g Baking spread
- 150 g Carnation Caramel
- 200 ml Double cream
- 3 tbsp Amarula
- 2 tbsp Icing sugar
- Sprinkles of your choice
Mix the cocoa powder with the boiling water and leave to cool
In a large mixing bowl, use an electric or hand whisk to mix the eggs, caster sugar and vegetable oil until frothy. Then, add the cocoa powder mixture and whisk it in
Gently fold in the self raising flour, baking powder, salt and 2 tbsp of the Amarula
Separate the mixture into three greased and lined 22cm cake tins and bake on 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 25 minutes (check they are done by inserting a skewer or thin knife into the centre, it should come out clean). Remove from the tins and leave them on cooling racks to cool completely
To make the buttercream mix together the baking spread, Amarula and icing sugar until smooth
Stack up the sponges, drizzling 1 tbsp Amarula on each sponge before spreading them with some of the buttercream
Cover the cake in a base coat of buttercream and put it in the fridge for 1 hour to set
Cover the cake with the rest of the buttercream and smooth it out as best you can using a palette knife or scraper
Put the Carnation Caramel into a piping bag and carefully pipe blobs on the edge of the cake so it drips down. Then cover the whole top of the cake with a thin layer of the caramel
Whip up the double cream along with the Amarula and the icing sugar, pipe it around the edges of the cake
Add sprinkles in the centre of the cake, and chocolate decorations as desired