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Great gifts for giving
The perfect addition to any gift basket
Great idea for the holidays or any special occasion


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~ Miniature Amaretto Cakes ~

1 cup butter
4 eggs
2 cups flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
1/2 cup water
1 cup Amaretto, divided
1 1/2 t finely shredded lemon peel
1 t vanilla extract
3 T brown sugar
3 T light corn syrup

Preheat oven to 325F.
Generously grease and flour eight 4-inch fluted tube pans or twenty
2 1/2 inch muffin pans. Let butter and eggs stand at room temperature
for 30 minutes. Stir together flour, baking powder and nutmeg. In a
large mixing bowl beat butter with electric mixer on medium speed for
30 seconds. Add 1 cup of the sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating
on medium-high speed about 6 minutes or until mixture is very light
and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating 1 minute after each
addition, scraping bowl often. Stir in 1/3 cup of the Amaretto, the
lemon peel, and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture, beating on
medium-low speed just till combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake for 20 - 25 minutes for 4-inch pans, 22 minutes for muffin pans,
or until a wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean Cool on
rack 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans. Cool thoroughly prick fluted
top and sides of each cake or top and sides of each cupcake generously
with tines of a fork. For syrup, in saucepan combine remaining sugar,
brown sugar, corn syrup, and 1/2 cup water. Cook and stir over medium
heat until bubbly and sugar is dissolved; remove from heat. Stir in
remaining Amaretto. Cool 5 minutes. Dip top and sides of each cake
or top and sides of each cupcake into syrup. Place on wire rack above
a baking sheet. Spoon or brush remaining syrup over tops of cakes.
Cool. Wrap cakes individually in plastic wrap; chill up to 3 weeks.
(Or, transfer to a tightly covered container and chill up to 3 weeks.)
Makes 8 miniature cakes or 20 cupcakes

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For gift giving, place the individually wrapped cakes in a
tissue paper lined box Or place on foil-covered cardboard
and wrap with cellophane.
Makes 4 gifts


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