Torta Caprese – Delicious flourless chocolate almond cake

Torta Caprese – Delicious flourless chocolate almond cake

By 25/04/2017

If you are American and if you love Italian food you have probably already heard of the popular web TV series "Cooking with Nonna" hosted by Rossella Rago.

In the series Rossella who is a descendant of Italian immigrants invites an Italian- Americanย  grandmother to cook with her and share traditional Italian recipes and memories of her childhood in Italy.

Rossella spent her childhood learning to cook in the kitchen with her beloved grandmother "Nonna Romana" who emigrated to the US after the war.

Now these series have been summorized into a book: "Cooking with Nonna" which has recently been published.

Cooking with Nonna by Rossella Rago

I love the simplicity of this book. The recipes are all those classic Italian ones which never go out of fashion and most of all are uncomplicated and suitable for any day of the week. From antipasti, to pasta, rice and "secondi" with meat and fish dishes, desserts and biscuits.

The book also tells the story of many of the grandmothers Rossella has been cooking with. They are the unsung heroes of the culinary world.

These are the stories of women who emigrated from Italy long time ago. What is fascinating when you read stories of emigrants is that they do love their new adoptive country but their heart really belongs to where they spent their formative years.

I felt a little part of this (although I regularly travel to Italy) as I moved to the UK in my early twenties and my ways, my accent and my personality remains Italian. Your formative years are the ones that shape you for life and what's more interesting, you will remember your country as it was at the time you left. Things do change over the years but not for you. This means that most of the recipes that come from Italian emigrants are often those traditional and original untouched Italian recipes. Check out my article on how Italian food has changed over the years.

I tried a recipe from this book which is not on my blog yet: the "torta caprese" popular on the island of Capri; this is a classic Italian chocolate cake with lots of almonds and no flour.

Flourless caprese almond torte

..definitely a success in my household!

This cake can be completely gluten free if you choose gluten free baking powder.

  • Prep Time : 30 minutes
  • Cook Time : 55 minutes
  • Yield : 8



Preheat oven at 170C or 325F.

With a food processor grind the almonds to a fine consistency. Grate the chocolate or just put it in a processor and process for 30 seconds then add it to the ground almonds.

Grating chocolate

In a separate bowl sift the potato starch, the cocoa powder and the baking powder.

Work the butter with the sugar and then add the egg yolks one at a time. Add the chocolate with the almonds and the salt, the dry ingredients and mix well until combined.

Chocolate and almonds - Making Caprese cake

Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the batter until the mixture is well combined.

Pour the mixture into a well greased spring form baking tin measuring approx 20 cm or 8 inch diameter.

Caprese Cake

Bake for approximately 55 minutes. After 40 minutes check for doneness with a toothpick.

When the cake is still warm drizzle the liquor over the top (optional) and when it is completely cooked sprinkle with confectionery sugar.

Chocolate almond flourless caprese cake

I was sent the book for review. All opinions are my own.

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12 Responses to Torta Caprese – Delicious flourless chocolate almond cake

  1. elisabetta

    The torta caprese is an absolute favourite of mine. It is beautifully almondy and sinfully chocolatey but at the same time light. It doesn’t get any better than this!

    • Alida

      Yes I agree, it is a delicious cake. This was the first time I made and it was an absolute winner in my household!

  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I love flourless cakes! This is a beautiful and tender cake and I believe it would be a hit in my home too.

    • Alida

      I am into flourless cakes too at the moment. Nuts are so good in cakes.

  3. Barbara

    Amazing book. I wish to have it. Your cake looks amazing. I love it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Alida

      Thanks lovely. So do your cakes too. I love your creations!

  4. Claudia Gabriel

    Is there an alternative for potato starch?

    • Alida

      Yes you can use rice flour instead or corn starch.

  5. Chiara

    che bella ricetta,la cucina della nonna รจ sempre valida !Un bacione

    • Alida

      Si viva le nonne, le ricette tradizionali non tramontano mai.

  6. La cucina di Molly

    Che delizia questa torta caprese, le ricette della nonna sono intramontabili! Un bacione!

  7. Rachel @ GameVillage

    I don’t like cakes with too much of cream..This looks so soft & fluffy with no cream on it. I absolutely loved it. Thanks for sharing Alida ๐Ÿ™‚

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