Amore Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Water Glaze

Amore Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Water Glaze

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup espresso, or strongly brewed coffee
2/3 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, plus an additional 1 cup
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup amaretto liquor
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder (Such as Hershey's)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 ounces mascarpone cheese
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup very hot water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with flour-added cooking spray.

Melt the butter in a medium sized saucepan, over medium heat; stir in espresso. When mixture starts to bubble, remove pan from heat, and stir in 2/3 chocolate chips, until melted and smooth. Stir in buttermilk and amaretto.

In a medium sized bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together mascarpone, granulated sugar, and brown sugar, until creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Beat in egg, until combined. Reduce mixer speed to low, and beat in flour mixture, alternating with melted chocolate mixture. Continue to beat for 1-2 minutes, or until ingredients are well combined.

Pour batter into prepared pan, and shake/tap a few times, to allow batter to settle into all of the creases.
Bake at 350 degrees F, for 45-50 minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted into cake comes out with moist crumbs attached.
Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack; run a knife around the edges of pan, and invert cake onto platter. Cool for 40 minutes.

*To make the chocolate water glaze, heat the additional 1 cup chocolate chips in a small bowl set over simmering water, whisking frequently, until melted. Whisk in the hot water, all at once, and continue to whisk until well combined. Drizzle cake with glaze.
This glaze is a little tricky to get right. Make sure you heat the chocolate gently.
You can use chocolate ganache, if desired. I think I'd recommend the ganache, because it's easier. *Place 1 cup finely chopped bittersweet chocolate in a medium mixing bowl. In a small saucepan, heat 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream over medium heat until it begins to bubble. Remove from the heat and pour over the chopped chocolate. With a whisk, stir the mixture until the chocolate has completely melted and mixed with the cream to form a thick sauce; drizzle over cake.

Yield: 10 servings


  1. It's morning here, I haven't had breakfast yet and you pull off this?

    The photo is stunning, the glaze runneth over and I'm, inviting myself over for Valentines...I make dinner - you take care of dessert, deal?

  2. This cake is decadent, Emiline! It looks beautiful and delicious... I'd love to grab a slice right now!

  3. I didn't know you could vote for more than one person, so I already voted for you :-p

    And that cake looks so delicious! I will have to try it and get some beautiful strawberries to go with it. I have added this recipe to my favorites. Yummy!

  4. Good luck in the contest Emeline!!!(Pssst..I want 2 pieces of cake please)

  5. Wow Emiline,
    Your picture is stunning and that cake looks divine! Great job on Tastespotting. I've yet to have any luck with them!

  6. That looks so amazing. I will definitely add this to my "must-make" list (even if it is one of those dreaded Bundt cakes).

  7. I could be talked into celebrating Valentine's Day if I could have this cake.....Actually, the cake alone would be cause for celebrating...

  8. Thank so much for sharing your secret and FANTABULOUS Amore chocolate cake recipe with us!!!! I do appreciate it!
    Hopefully, one of this days I will start baking and then it will be the day to try your Cake. Bookmarked!
    Please keep away from tornados. I've seen the news and it's so scary!!!

  9. Wow again - Wish we could all dig in =)

  10. What an amazingly beautiful, stunning creation. I must make this--it looks so delicious!

  11. This looks amazing and what a stunning photograph of the woods behind that cake! I'll have to save this one for our anniversary. :) (and i have already for you and hope you win!)

  12. Wow - that that cake looks really good!

  13. That cake is gorgeous! Love the addition of mascarpone cheese.

  14. Drooool... This looks great -- and I'm not even a chocoholic!

  15. Looks wonderful Emiline!!!! and the pictures are so beauty!! Gloria

  16. I noticed that you spelled tattoo wrong the first time, but I was too lazy to say anything.
    Also, I hate the keyboard upstairs. I typed anyting like 6 times because the 'h' hardly works.

    Also, guess who's being extra obnoxious today! She's whistling right now.

  17. that cake looks soooo luscious and wonderful. Well done with the chocolate comp - amazing to be doing so well and have the potential to win!

  18. This is superb except for the name of the glaze. Couldn't you call it Chocolate Glaze Made With The Liquid Of The Gods or something like that?

  19. That cake looks so nice and dark and chocolaty. With the mascarpone cream I would imagine that it really moist and good.

  20. wow, maybe you should have submitted THIS cake for the contest! :) it looks decadent! thanks for sharing your secret recipe :)

  21. OMG! This looks absolutely wonderful and you shared your favorite recipe! How sweet of you! You are such a talented lady. Good luck on the contest, my fingers are crossed for you =D
    Shandy@ Pastry Heaven


    That's a food blog that you may or may not be interested in.

  23. that is one good looking cake!!

    (note i have never, ever said that about a cake before-yours is the first!)

  24. Peter- Thanks! Ok, you can come over. I will be at work, though. You can make dinner for my parents.

    Patricia- Thanks!

    Ben- Thank you!

    Valli- Thanks!

    Jenny- I guess I just got lucky. ?

    Rachel- I love Bundt cakes.

    Katiez- Thanks!

    Deborah- Thank you.

    Nuria- You should bake more. Yes, we had tornado warnings all night. Thanks for looking out for me.

    Glenna- Thanks!

    Carol- Thank you!

    Sarah- Thanks.

    Pixie- Yes, we do live around some trees. Thanks for voting.

    Psychgrad- Thank you.

    Brilynn- Me love some mascarpone.

    Dana- I will convert you.

    Gloria- Thanks!

    Hannah- It pierces my ears. I hope she's reading this. ;)

    Annemarie- Thanks!

    Sue- I like the name. It makes me think of chocolate rivers and waterfalls.

    Kevin- Thanks!

    Mrs. Presley- Thanks.

    Shandy- Thanks! Wow, you're really photogenic.

    Hannah- I'm familiar with that one, thanks.

    Kimberlie- Thanks!

  25. I am so excited to try making this cake. It looks so freakin good.

  26. Looks wonderful! Good luck with the voting!

  27. Gah, I read this post yesterday but musta forgot to comment, boo. :|

    I'm getting lotsa ideas for chocolatey yummeh for Ballentimes Day, thanks to you! Bundt cakes remind me of reading Better Homes and Gardens when I was a little girl.

  28. You need to stop this ridiculous food porn! :D

  29. Emiline,
    That is beautiful cake!!!!
    I would love to get one like this for Valentines :)


  30. That is the most tantalizing chocolate glaze, Sugarplum. I'm in love. With your chocolate cake.

  31. Congrats on making it into the top 10 in the contest! Loved your recipe! Good luck!

  32. Anything with Mascarpone has me sold!

  33. I made a chocolate (well, actually, it was a carob version) bundt cake a little while back - but wow, mine DEFINITELY did not look as phenomenal as yours, with that luscious glaze oozing over the top!! yum!!

  34. Oh my God!
    You're a genius!
    This goes straight to my 'TO DO' list. And if i get a raise from my boss as a, i won't tell you! haha

  35. made this over the weekend-was ambrosia to all the choco-holics in the house. thanks so much for the recipe and instructions. <3

  36. Oooh! I'm definitely making this soon, it looks absolutely scrumptious. I may not even share it.