Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Torta Caprese - Chocolate Mocha Nut Cake (Gluten free treat)

Roberto, my husband's Italian friend is from Capri and gets us this lovely chocolate mocha nut cake from his home town every time he goes there on vacation. It is beautifully packed in the bakery's green gift wrap. The cake is packed on a hard golden scalloped cardboard base with a hard plastic cover that keeps it intact and moist. My daughter and I can't wait to unwrap it when my husband brings it home. The first bite takes you to chocolate heaven. The cake is chocolatey, nutty and with a hint of coffee, just melts in your mouth. Roby has been getting us this cake about twice a year for five years now. So it was time to decode the ingredients and try something on my own that we could enjoy whenever we wanted it.

I then found this recipe in one of the BBC GoodFood magazine few years ago which had chocolate, ground nuts and coffee in the ingredients. It looked as scrumptious as Roby's cake. So I did make it not only once but I have made this many times - as a dessert for a party, when I had guest over, when I had my girlfriends over, for birthday parties, when my in laws were over. In short every time I craved it, I made it. This is an acceptable alternative to what Roby brings from Italy.

I have had a lot of request from my girl friends and my sister in law (who loves to bake) to share the recipe. I have procrastinated but I am finally posting it. So here it is - this one is for you, A.S.A, for being very patient with me for the past few years. Also, a big thank you to Roberto for introducing this fantastic cake.

The cake from Capri

Also, this cake is perfect if you want to impress certain someone in your life. It is perfect to set a romantic mood. Happy Valentines day in advance.

  • 200g/8 oz Almond meal
  • 200g/8 oz Good quality semi sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 200g/8 oz Unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g/8 oz Caster sugar
  • 4 Eggs, seperated
  • 2 tsp Instant coffee granules
  • 100g/4 oz Cornflour
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting

Lightly grease a 20 cm, loose based round cake tin. Heat oven to 180C/350F.

Put chocolate in a microwave dish and microwave for 2 minutes, stirring after a minute. Or melt over a pan of simmering water.

Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks one at a time. Stir in the almond meal, chocolate, coffee and cornflour.

Whisk egg whites to soft peaks. Fold a quarter of the egg whites into the chocolate mix, then gradually fold in the remainder. Pour the mix into a prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Check after 35 minutes and if the cake is browning, cover with grease proof paper and continue to cook.

Allow the cake to cool completely before removing from the tin. Dust with cocoa powder and serve.

Note: You could use hazelnut meal instead of almond meal. You could also blanch hazelnut/almonds and put it in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.


Nags said...

The crust looks so good on that!

jesse said...

Wow. That really does look impressive. *Scribbles down notes hurriedly*

Bren said...

the only thing i brought back from Capri when I went 10 years ago was limoncello! I sure wish I would have been smart enough to bring other things back! your torta looks delish.

Jescel said...

this cake looks awesome... it's not going to last long in my house, that's for sure.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cake! Sounds really delicious!

doggybloggy said...

looks like these can be mailed - do you need my address?

Mallugirl said...

oh my! i am seeing chocolate everywhere! delicious.

Arfi Binsted said...

this looks nice and moist :)

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

A delicious cake chocolate and more chocolate!
It's bizarre here a Torta Caprese is called a savory cake with basil ;)


My comfort food network said...

Thank you all for visiting my blog.

Nags -The crust was just right, the cake is moist and crumbly too.

Jesse - You could impress your self and someone else too.

Bren - I have never been to Capri, but thanks to Roberto who is a local to introduce us to this scrumptious cake.

Jescel - the cake didn't last long in my house either. More trips to the gym now.

5 Star Foodie - Thanks for visiting me, the cake was truly delicious.

Doogybloggy - yes, if you can please email it to me. Thanks.

Mallugirl - Thanks for visiting. If you are a chocoholic like me, you will enjoy this.

Arfi - I am honored that you visited my blog. Thank you so much.

Gera - Thank you for visiting me. It is bizarre, I never imagined Torta Caprese would be a savory cake with basil. Although I would love to try it. It sounds delicious.

Mallugirl said...

yup, i am a chocoholic and will be making this immediately.

Cake Artisan said...

Wow this looks terrific! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe with us all!! I will let you know how it goes when I make it! :-)

Cynthia said...

Happy V Day! said...

Oh my goodness, this looks go good! I am literally drooling at the moment!

Missy said...

wow chocolates and more chocolates! who can say no?