Moist, rich chocolate pie: yeast free Tenerina cake

Moist, rich chocolate pie: yeast free Tenerina cake

By 25/05/2015

Crunchy on the outside and soft and moist on the inside, doesn't this sound like the perfect chocolate cake?

And indeed it is my perfect cake; let me introduce you to Tenerina, a cake typical of the town of Ferrara. If you visit the city you see this cake often on display around the best confectioneries.

This cake will surprise you for its simplicity and delicacy and it is so simple that my daughter made it, of course with supervision.

Wonderful, another one to add to my "make-often-again" list!


  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 25 minutes



Break the chocolate into small pieces and put it in a bowl to melt at a gentle heat over a pan of simmering water.

 breaking chocolate

When the chocolate has melted add the butter and stir until it melts as well. Let the mixture cool down.

melting chocolate

In the meantime whip the yolks with half of the sugar until pale and creamy.

whipping eggs

Add the sifted flour to the whipped yolks and then add the melted chocolate. Stir well.

mixing chocolate and eggs

Whip the egg whites with the remaining sugar to a firm consistency.

whipping egg whites

Gently incorporate them to the chocolate and egg mixture. Don't mix just stir and incorporate the ingredients well.

Moist Chocolate Cake No Yeast

A curious cat!

my cat

Pour the mixture on a round baking tray (measuring approx 24 cm or 9 inch diameter) covered with parchment paper and cook at 180C or 350F for 25 minutes. When it is cooked switch off the oven and leave the cake in to cool down with the door left ajar.

Moist Chocolate Cake No Yeast    Moist Chocolate Cake No Yeast

Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar.

You can serve it with berries and fresh cream if you like.

Moist Chocolate Cake No Yeast

I am entering this to "Bake of the Week" hosted by Casa Costello and to "Cook Blog Share"  at Supergolden Bakes hosted by Patisserie makes perfect.

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16 Responses to Moist, rich chocolate pie: yeast free Tenerina cake

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    You have a great sous chef, Alida. The chocolate cake sounds and looks perfect.

    • Alida

      Thank you Angie x

  2. la cucina di Molly

    Che bontà questa torta tutta cioccolatosa! Bellissima la tua bimba tutta indaffarata! Un abbraccio!

  3. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    Beautiful post and what a yummy cake. I love the moist inside and it looks so fancy with the powdered sugar and the berries just add that special touch. Your daughter is so adorable and she is taking after her mom for sure. I used to wear my hair like that when I was young, my mom used to called them puffs. Love that cat, I am partial to cats… Great post! I hope that you had a great weekend….Have a wonderful week ahead dear friend…
    Hugs Dottie xx 🙂

    • Alida

      Thank you Dottie, have a good week x

  4. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    This indeed looks like the perfect chocolate cake….. dark, moist and delicious. I can’t believe how clean your daughter’s dress is though! My daughter would have been covered in chocolate!!!!

    • Alida

      Oh she did smear herself with chocolate though.. but after I took her photo! Children have a real love affair with chocolate!My daughter is simply obsessed with it.

  5. Elisabetta

    This cake sure looks tenerina and would make a lovely dessert with the fresh raspberries and for the golosi a dollop of cream! I can see you already have strong competition in the kitchen – your daughter is not only cute but also really keen to learn. I’m sure you’re very proud of her. I have such fond memories of helping mum in the kitchen when I was little – it’s something you never forget. xx

    • Alida

      Thank you Elisabetta. I agree you never forget what you learn from your mum. The best memories ever.

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  7. Antonet Roajer

    Easy and yummy dessert!!

    • Alida


  8. classyflavors

    What a beautiful girl and amazing chocolate cake. 🙂
    It is great and easy recipe. I love it Alida:-) Have a great weekend:-)

  9. Sue Olivant

    Delishious looking cake and so lovely to see your daughter following in your footsteps. Is that Lily, the cat? I will make this the next time we visit Mum as looks good for a dessert with cream or crime fraiche and I can make in advance. Love Sue xxx

    • Alida

      Hello Sue, hope all is well. Yes creme fraiche will be delicious with this cake.
      The little cat is Lily, she is 13 now and still very healthy..and hungry!
      Hope you enjoy the cake.

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