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Delizia all'Amaretto

Delizia all'Amaretto

How to make a delicious cake: Delizia all'Amaretto!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 10
Author Recipe adapted from La Cucina Italiana – Cioccolato, ed.Quadratum S.p.A. 2001


  • Sponge cake – 20 cm – 8 inches store bought or made following this tutorial
  • 400 ml – 1 ¾ cups cream to whip
  • 250 gms – 1 cup pastry cream made following this tutorial
  • 200 gms – 7 oz. white chocolate grated or finely chopped
  • 75 ml – 1/3 cup Amaretto di Saronno liqueur
  • 6 big amaretti cookies plus more to decorate - crushed


  1. Make the sponge cake following this recipe. Let it cool down.
  2. Cut a strip of baking paper to make it 8 cm – 3 inches high/wide and long enough to circle the sponge cake (make sure you make it a little longer so the chocolate can overlap).
  3. Brush the sponge cake with half the liqueur diluted in 1 tbsp of water.
  4. Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler, then spread it uniformly onto the baking paper strip.
  5. Wrap the chocolate covered strip around the sponge cake and lightly press it so it sticks to the cake. Put it in the freezer until the chocolate solidifies. Then carefully peel off the paper.
  6. Mix the crushed amaretti cookies (reserve some for decorating the cake) with the pastry cream and the remaining Amaretto di Saronno.
  7. Firmly whip the cream. Reserve ¼ of it to use as decoration and gently fold the rest into the pastry and Amaretto cream.
  8. Pour the cream mixture onto the sponge cake. Level it and decorate with the remaining whipped cream and crushed amaretti.
  9. Let it rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving.

Recipe Notes

To make the sponge cake, make half dose of this recipe, pour the batter into a 20 cm – 8 inch springform tin until a little over ¾ full. Pour the remaining batter into muffin tins and make mini sponge cakes. These are perfect to have with jam or Nutella for breakfast or tea.

Also, I suggest you make the sponge 1 day in advance and keep it wrapped in plastic paper so it doesn't dry out.