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Torta Caprese: Italian Almond Cake Recipe With Chocolate

Authentic torta caprese recipes come from Neapolitan tradition. They use high quality melted dark chocolate, butter, sugar, eggs, and almond flour. It’s a simple and easy chocolate cake recipe! I make this chocolate cake at my home in Tuscany all the time, including for cooking classes. The Caprese almond flour chocolate cake uses ground almonds, which you can grind in food processor or blender. The recipe I use also calls for a small amount of 00 (double zero) flour. However, you can easily substitute with gluten-free flour or more ground almonds for a flourless cake. If using pre-made almond flour, finer is better. But don’t worry if it’s not perfectly fine or uniform, especially when grinding the almonds yourself. It all works out in the end. As a matter of fact, this Italian dessert may be one of the first gluten-free cakes in history! Rumor has it, a baker on the island of Capri ran out of flour (or forgot to add it), and now we have torta caprese. For the best results, it’s important to check the cake while it’s baking. Timing is everything for this chocolate almond cake recipe. Once baked, the Caprese cake should be both light in texture but still quite moist inside. The surface of the cake will be almost crispy while the inside is soft. As an architect, garnishing my cakes is always one of my favorite things to do. In addition to powdered sugar, I like to make use of seasonal fruit or edible flowers to add some color. In Italian chocolate torta also goes well with a scoop of gelato or vanilla ice cream. By the way, this easy chocolate almond cake recipe can also be made with white chocolate and a little citrus. It’s equally delicious. Let me know if you…

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