Schiacciata Fiorentina: quick orange flavoured sponge cake

Schiacciata Fiorentina: quick orange flavoured sponge cake

By 25/02/2014

If you happen to walk around Florence at this time of year, take a close look at the bakeries' windows; you will almost certainly see the " Schiacciata Fiorentina" which is a typical sponge cake scented with orange made during the Italian carnival celebrations.

Having said that this cake is now being made all around the year.  Traditionally made with lard, I have used olive oil instead as I prefer lighter cakes if possible.

But let's not wait any longer. Let's go ahead with the recipe and get baking! You can fill the cake with custard if you like.

  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time : 25 minutes



In a bowl mix the eggs with the sugar, the oil and the flour. Then add the juice and zest of the orange. You need to reach a smooth consistency. Add some milk if the mixture seems dry.

Orange sponge cake recipe - Schiacciata fiorentina

Lay a sheet of baking paper in a baking tray then pour the mixture over it. Cook at 180C for about 25 minutes until slightly golden on top

Orange sponge cake recipe - Schiacciata fiorentina

Cut the cake into squares and sprinkle with icing sugar

Orange sponge cake recipe - Schiacciata fiorentina

You can decorate with orange zest.

Orange sponge cake recipe - Schiacciata fiorentina

schiacciata fiorentina Orange sponge cake

As I have used Sicilian oranges which are now in season I'm pleased to enter my Schiacciata into Simple and in Season over at Ren Behan.


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11 Responses to Schiacciata Fiorentina: quick orange flavoured sponge cake

  1. Javelin Warrior

    I’m a big fan of anything orange flavored or scented so this cake is particularly appetizing to me, Alida! Love this lightness of the cake and I’m sure the entire house is perfumed with orange as it bakes…

    • Alida

      I love the flavour of the orange especially in cakes. Thank you Mark for hosting!

  2. Catherine

    Dear Alida, I love this cake. I make this into a layer cake with the frosting in the middle for my birthday.
    Oranges are my favorite and I do like the Italian oranges so much.
    I wish I could share with you over coffee.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  3. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    I am also a fan of anything made with orange. It makes the cakes so light and fresh. My mom always made orange and lemon cakes, with the zest and they were very flavorful. I don’t think I have ever had Schiacciata Fiorentina. Your recipe is amazing. The way your cakes look are so nice, cut up with the orange zest on the top. Thanks for sharing this special dessert cake…Have a great rest of the week, blessings Dottie 🙂

    • Alida

      Thank you Dottie!

  4. la cucina di Molly

    Che delizia al profumo d’arancia, è buonissima! Baci!

  5. Elisabetta

    Complimenti! Mi piace molto questo site! Keep all those authentic Italian recipes coming and of course information on Italian traditions, feasts and just day to day life in Italy! Viva l’Italia!

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  7. Ren Behan

    Congratulations Alida, this was the winning recipe in Simple and in Season this month. I’ll message you for your address so I can send your prize out. Ren

    • Alida

      Oh thank you so much Ren! I feel honoured to be this month winner! Yes!!

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