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September 6, 2012

Amarula Cake

Soft, fluffy and Amarula-Cream drenched cake - absolutely decadent !

Amarula Cake - another South-African recipe ! This one was not planned - I received my leaflet from MOIR'S yesterday. They send out one every six months with the most delicious recipes

What is Amarula ? It is just one of the most popular cream liqueurs in South-Africa!!

Here is what the leaflet had to say about Amarula:

"AMARULA cream liqueur is a South-African classic made from the fruit of the Marula Tree.  When ripe, the fruit drops off the tree and ferments naturally.  Many wild animals love this fruit and can be seen falling over and very drunk when they eat the fallen fruit that has turned rather alcoholic! "

Soft, fluffy and Amarula-Cream drenched cake - absolutely decadent !

I know this fruit is not easy to find but now and then we go to the North West Province which is quite popular over weekends (only an hour's drive there), especially for brunches and laid back lunches and it is very scenic around the Hartebeestpoort Dam area. Anyhow, a few years ago we parked at one of these restaurant/street vendor sites, under a huge tree, and as I got out of the car, I stepped on these little fruits on the ground. When I picked it up, my hubby, (who grew up on a farm), told me it's a Marula fruit

Very excited, because I finally saw a fruit of which I already knew the liqueur very well, I asked him whether one can eat it as is... dumb question, he laughed and said I shouldn't try that, as he had a nasty experience on the farm as a child, and if I REALLY wanted the fruit, I should rather see if there was a vendor selling them when they were handpicked and not lying on the ground

Amarula Cake

8 Servings



2 1/4 cups Flour
1 1/3 cups Sugar
1/2 TB Baking Powder
1/2 t Salt
1/2 cup Butter, melted
1 cup Milk
6 TB Amarula Liqueur, divided   **see note below for substitution suggestion                                                           if unavailable
2 Extra-Large Eggs
1 t Caramel Essence
1/4 cup Fresh Cream


100g Milk Chocolate, melted (3.5 ounces)
2 TB Amarula Liqueur **
Pecan Nuts, chopped
Icing Sugar, for dusting (optional)

** Use any Cream Liqueur


1.) Pre-heat oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - Spray a medium bundt pan with cooking oil
2.) Cake: Sift together the Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder and Salt in a large bowl
3.) Beat together the melted Butter, Milk, 4 TB Amarula, Eggs and Caramel essence in a medium bowl - add to the dry ingredients and stir until just mixed (do not over mix)
4.) Pour batter into the prepared ring pan and bake for 50 - 60 minutes until a tester comes out clean
5.) Remove from oven - un-mold the cake and place on a wire rack (wax paper underneath to catch any dripping)
6.) Heat the Fresh Cream and the remaining 2 TB Amarula until just warm - pour over the cake. Let the cake cool completely
7.) Ganache: Combine the melted Milk Chocolate and the Amarula - pour over the cake, followed by the chopped Pecan Nuts - Dust with Icing Sugar

Enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea!

Soft, fluffy and Amarula-Cream drenched cake - absolutely decadent !

Soft, fluffy and Amarula-Cream drenched cake - absolutely decadent !

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  1. I have tried Amarula one time when my sisters husband brought it home from S. Africa. This sounds so good! I will have to go look at the big Liquor store to see if I can find some! Yummy. Visiting from G+ Party.

  2. The drunk animals made me smile, that's really interesting!

  3. I've had Amarula and I bet it is great in a cake! I'm co-hosting with Julie at Marvelous Monday and had to come over and say hi... I've been following you for awhile. Deb

  4. Linda, this would be a great cake for a very special evening. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Cool! I always thought of baking something with amarula, but not using too much cause it's expensive here! Although 6 tbsp aren't much either, could you taste the amarula or not?

  6. Ooh! That looks yummy!
    Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

  7. Linda,
    This must be fate! I have a bottle of Amarula that I bought on a cruise and don't know what to do with. I can't wait to try this cake now. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend :)

  8. Oooh! That looks great! I have Amarula too! It's good in chocolate martinis!

  9. Your recipes always look so tasty!!

    Thanks again for linking up with us @ Keep Calm & Link Up :)

  10. What an interesting post. I have never heard of amarula...I will remember that it is best "from the bottle"! Or, in looks really moist....

  11. Another yummy cake recipe! I'll have to look to see if I can find this. :) Thank you for sharing at MightyCrafty Mondays!

  12. I've seen footage on a nature show of elephants eating that fruit and falling over each other! It was so funny!

  13. I went and checked out Amazon - to price the Amarula to make this! This sounds wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing this at All my Bloggy Friends last week. I can't wait to see what you share tomorrow! :)

  14. This cake looks delicious. I am going to have to see if I can track down some Amarula. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.

  15. yummy and I love the image I got of drunk animals, so fun.

  16. This sounds so good and now I am so curious about that Amarula! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us at Gettin' Krafty!

  17. Yummy!! My mouth is watering. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you link up again this week. The party will be live tonight.

    Thanks, Nichi

  18. Hi Linda,
    This looks delicious. I can just see the drunk animals. Too funny. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week.
    Have a great week.

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  20. I finally made this cake and it was really good. Yours is prettier though!

  21. Bonjour linda, le gâteau a l'air divinement bon et je découvre l'amarula. De quel autre fruit son goût se rapproche t'il?car en France je ne suis pas sûre de trouver. Bonne après midi.

    1. Hi Angelique, I do not think there is anything that comes even remotely close to the Amarula Fruit. You can however use any Cream Liqueur to make the cake, but it will definitely not taste the same. Try Googling for an online store in your area ? I do hope you find a bottle (or three!) as this is delicious !


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