Almond Bundt Cake with Amaretto Glaze
This Easy Almond Bundt Cake with Amaretto Glaze is moist, tender, and takes no time at all to mix up and bake!
I’ll let you in on a secret. This is one of those cake mix cake recipes. Doctoring up a cake mix is a simple way to make a store-bought product taste homemade. Don’t worry, no one will be able to guess that this Almond Cake is not made from scratch!
Why You Must Make
- It starts with a cake mix, so it’s super easy!
- The eggs, oil and pudding mix make it extremely moist.
- Plus, the Amaretto drizzle plays off the almond flavor in the cake and makes a beautiful presentation.
It’s rare for me to feature a dessert that’s not completely homemade, but I do have a few desserts that start with a box of cake mix. Sometimes you just need a shortcut and a semi-homemade recipe is perfect!
- PRO-Tip: First of all, you must prep your pan correctly. I like using a flour and oil cooking spray or else greasing the pan with Crisco and dusting lightly with flour. Otherwise, your Bundt cake may very well come out in pieces.
- I’d been using my previous pan for nearly 10 years, and even though the surface looked fine, no amount of greasing gave me a clean release. I went ahead and purchased a new 10-inch Bundt pan (affiliate links).
- PRO-Tip: After your cake is baked, it must cool for at least 15 minutes before releasing it onto a cooling rack. This time gives the crust some time to solidify, but not so long that it starts to adhere to the pan.
- I like putting the Amaretto glaze in a quart-sized Ziploc bag, then snipping off a small piece of one corner. I use this as a piping bag and drizzle the frosting back and forth over the top of the cake.
- A sprinkle of sliced almonds across the top of the cake gives a clue to its flavor, which was enhanced with a double dose of almond flavor from the almond extract and almond liqueur.
Frequently Asked Questions
Amaretto is a sweet Italian liqueur that originated in Soranno, Italy. The translation of amaretto from Italian to English means bitter almonds. This liqueur was originally made of bitter almonds until recently when apricot or peach pits became more the norm. The latter imparts a similar flavor during the distilling process.
It’s a cake that’s baked in a style of pan with curved fluted sides and a tube in the middle. A Bundt pan is a type of tube pan that was once trademarked but is now the general name for all similarly styled cake pans.
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Almond Bundt Cake
A doctored cake mix transformed into a delicious almond cake!
- 1 (16.5 ounce) box of White Cake Mix
- 1 (3.4 oz) box of vanilla instant pudding and pie filling
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup water
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
- ¼ cup Amaretto liqueur
- Heavy cream, to thin if needed
- ¼ cup sliced almonds to garnish
- Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt Pan.
- Combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water, oil, and almond extract in a large bowl. Beat at low speed with an electric mixer until moistened.
- Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.
- Pour into pan.
- Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Invert onto a cooling rack. Cool to room temperature.
- Make the glaze by whisking together butter, powdered sugar, and Amaretto. Thin if needed with some heavy cream.
- Drizzle over top of the cake, then sprinkle almonds on top of the cake if desired.
Adapted from Duncan Hines
Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 116mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 4g
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13 Comments on “Almond Bundt Cake with Amaretto Glaze”
This cake is incredibly moist, tender, light and can you say EASY? I’m on a mission to celebrate easy baking and this recipe absolutely fits the bill. I have found that using a naturally-flavored instant pudding works better for me – sometimes the other stuff can leave a slightly artificial taste. Most people wouldn’t notice, but if you can find naturally-flavored pudding, try that!
Hi, Meghan, That’s how I feel about yellow cake mix so I always use butter instead. So I am so glad you were able to get a naturally flavored pudding mix! Thanks so much for sharing this tip 🙂
You’ve shared a wealth of recipes and tips in this post, thank you big time! The temptation to pick off the almonds would be so great. I’m looking forward to making this Almond Bundt. I’ll have to sneak it past my granddaughter because the last couple of my bakes had nuts. She has a nut allergy and I’ve promised to make something chocolate for her. When I make this cake this will be our little secret, LOL!
I love those flavors! This looks fantastic!
I love these “almost homemade” cakes. They’re great for last minute take-tos. Amaretto is one of my favorite flavors, for sure!
Such a pretty Cake! Wish I had a piece right now:@)
Very pretty! No doubt this is a great cake, wish I had a piece now:@)
Such a pretty bundt, Liz! Love the amaretto glaze!
Love how simple and flavorful this recipe is! I can’t wait to try it!
I’m all over an easy cake recipe, especially when it looks as good as yours does. Great tip about the bundt pan, would not have thought they have an expiration date!
This cake is just as delicious to look at as it is to eat. It’s always a hit at gatherings with its lovely almond flavor.
Looks so gorgeous with the boozy drizzle and almond slices!