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Torta Caprese Recipe - Classic Italian Almond Chocolate Cake

Indulge in the rich, flourless delight of Torta Caprese. Learn how to create this classic Italian almond and chocolate cake with our easy-to-follow recipe. Perfect for any occasion!

June 4, 2024
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 6 people
Preparation 25 mins
Cooking 45 mins
Total 70 mins



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C) and grease a 9-inch springform pan, lining the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. In a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter together until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until pale and fluffy. Incorporate the melted chocolate mixture, ground almonds, and vanilla extract.
  4. In another bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to keep the batter airy.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then release from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Torta Caprese
Serves 6
Amount Per Serving


  • Use high-quality dark chocolate with a minimum of 70% cocoa for the richest flavor.
  • Be gentle when folding egg whites into the chocolate mixture to keep the cake light and airy.
  • Don't overbake. Remove from the oven when the center is just set to retain a moist texture.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan before attempting to remove it to prevent it from breaking.
  • Dust with powdered sugar or serve with a dollop of whipped cream for extra indulgence.
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Torta Caprese is a sumptuous Italian dessert originating from the Isle of Capri. This gluten-free cake combines rich chocolate and finely ground almonds to create a moist and dense delight, perfect for chocolate lovers. Traditionally served with a light dusting of powdered sugar, this cake offers a delightful finish to any meal.

Origins of The Torta Caprese

Torta Caprese is a beloved dessert originating from the Isle of Capri, Italy. This rich, flourless cake was reportedly created by accident when a baker forgot to add flour to the mix, but the result was so delightful that it became a local specialty. It combines finely ground almonds with pure dark chocolate, making it a naturally gluten-free treat that's dense and intensely chocolatey.

Historically, Torta Caprese reflects the simple yet indulgent nature of Italian baking, where emphasis is placed on the quality of ingredients and not on elaborate preparation techniques. It's a testament to Italian culinary ingenuity, turning a baking mishap into a widely cherished dessert.

The cake has gained international fame, appealing to chocolate lovers and those seeking a taste of Italian tradition. It's typically served with a dusting of powdered sugar on top, enhancing its rustic charm. The Torta Caprese holds a special place in the hearts of those who appreciate a rich, almond-infused chocolate experience, standing out as a prime example of culinary simplicity at its best.

What To Serve with Torta Caprese?

Torta Caprese, a rich and dense Italian chocolate and almond cake, pairs wonderfully with a variety of sides and accompaniments that enhance its flavors and create a delightful culinary experience.

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Torta Caprese:

How To Store Torta Caprese?

Make-Ahead and Storage

Torta Caprese can be made ahead and is perfect for storing, which enhances its flavors. Here are some tips for making it in advance and storing it:

  • Make-Ahead: You can bake the Torta Caprese a day or two before serving. The flavors deepen as the cake rests, making it even more delicious.
  • Cooling: Allow the cake to cool completely before wrapping. This prevents condensation from forming, which could make the cake soggy.
  • Storage: Wrap the cooled cake tightly in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container. It can be stored at room temperature for up to three days.
  • Refrigeration: For longer storage, you can refrigerate the cake for up to one week. Let it come to room temperature before serving for the best flavor and texture.
  • Freezing: Torta Caprese freezes well. Wrap it in a layer of plastic wrap and then aluminum foil to protect it from freezer burn. It can be frozen for up to three months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
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