Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My Fairy Hobmother & Your Chance to Win A $50 Amazon Gift Card; Plus Chocolate Amaretti Cake

I think it's safe to say that there's been times in all of our lives that we wished we had a  Fairy Godmother...someone to get us out of a sticky situation or to wave a wand and grant us one little wish.

Would you settle for a Fairy Hobmother....One by the name of Ian, who works for Appliances Online...a web retailer of household appliances?   Let me explain...Ian A.K.A. the Fairy Hobmother routinely visits blogs and randomly chooses someone (from their comments) and grants them a wish.  In this case anything they want for $50 on Amazon.

My wish was granted when I left a comment over at Brenda's Canadian Kitchen and now's your chance.  You too can be visited by the Fairy Hobmother.  Just leave a comment on this post making a wish about what you would like and the Fairy Hobmother might grant you your wish. Don't worry if you don't have a blog just leave your email address so the Fairy Hobmother knows where to find you.

Now how about a little piece of cake while you're waiting for your Fairy Hobmother to arrive.  This Chocolate Amaretti Cake is rich and moist like a brownie with hints of orange and almond. You really can't go wrong with those flavors.

Chocolate Amaretti Cake
(adapted from Giada DeLaurentis) 

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup amaretti cookies (about 2 ounces)
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
grated orange peel
4 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350F.

Spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick spray. Refrigerate. Microwave the chocolate until melted and smooth, stirring every 20 seconds, for about 1 minute.

Combine the almonds and cookies in processor. Pulse until they are finely ground. Transfer the nut mixture to a medium bowl. Add the butter and sugar to the processor and blend until creamy and smooth. Add the grated orange peel and pulse briefly, until incorporated. Add the eggs 1 at a time. Blend until the eggs are incorporated. Clean the sides of the mixing bowl and blend again. Add the nut mixture and melted chocolate. Pulse until blended. Clean the sides of the bowl. Blend again.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until the center puffs and a tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Cool the cake in the pan for 15 minutes.


  1. Fairy Hobmother - I wish for 3 days of sunny weather to come during the weekend when they can be fully enjoyed. And, for my realistic wish - I wish that you will tell three people in your life you love them by baking them this wonderful chocolate cake.

  2. i wish for a hedge trimmer
    amy marantino
    tigger27_27 at

  3. Well how lovely--I need a fairy hobmother to visit my blog! I would use that cashola for books.

  4. Thanks for the giveaway. I wish for cooler temperatures so I can cook/bake. Like Angela I would buy books for my Kindle.

  5. This cake looks amazing! Well, Fairy Hobmother I would love an I-PAD.

  6. hmmm... cake -yum,
    Ok focus: fairy please send health and harmony to our home. Peace and tranquility worldwide.
    Amazon card- oh please, books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Ooooh, I not only get to ogle this beautiful chocolate amaretti cake, but I get to make a wish to the Fairy Hobmother! This such a great idea, and so fun! OK..

    Dear Fairy Hobmother,
    My wish is to feel better soon, with a side of love, happiness, world peace and chocolate :)

  8. Cake looks yummy....anyone want to make me one?
    My wish is to use a amazon card to buy my daughter and I matching Toms Shoes.
    leahbieszczad at yahoo dot com.

  9. The cake looks rich and delicious! The Fairy Hobmother rocks! I had a visit today too.

  10. Nice looking cake! I'm sure I could find a nice little cooking related thingie for $50, dear Fairy Hobmother...

  11. This cake looks rich and delicious. I wish I had a slice on my desk right now. That would certainly make my afternoon better. Beside this cake I really want a dehydrator.

  12. What a cake, and perhaps an Amazon card

  13. If I suddenly had Amazon money, I'd put it towards some camera equipment I'm lusting after. If I had to spend it all in one swoop, it would be easy (and fun) to spend it on kitchen gadgets.