Torta Caprese - Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake

Torta Caprese - Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake

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Torta Caprese  is a traditional cake of the beautiful island of Capri from Italy. It  is a dense, moist flourless chocolate cake enriched with ground almonds that bring a great flavor and texture. Also as no flour is used makes this dessert a perfect choice for those in search of gluten-free dessers. 


It is said that this cake is the result of a mistake as in the early twentieth century the chef, Carmine Di Fiore, forgot to add flour to the batter. The result was simply amazing, a soft and moist cake that was simply divine.  Ever since this dessert is one of the most appreciated cakes and can be found in various pastry shops all over the Capri and along the Amalfi coast.

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  • Makes about 8 servings
  • 7 oz (200g) peeled almonds
  • 7 oz (200g) semisweet chocolate
  • 2/3 cup (150g) butter
  • 3/4 cup (150g) sugar, divided
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp (1g) salt
  1. Grease and line with parchment paper a 8 or 9 inch (20-23 cm) springform pan (with a removable base). Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Place the peeled almonds into a food processor and process until finely ground but with still some remaining chunky pieces for a crunch texture.
  3. Melt chocolate and butter over a bain-marie until smooth. Let it cool slightly.
  4. Meanwhile separate egg whites from yolks.
  5. Mix yolks with ½ cup (100g) sugar and salt until thick and pale yellow colored.
  6. Mix in cooled chocolate and add ground almonds.
  7. Whip egg whites until foamy using a mixer. Gradually add ¼ cup (50g) sugar and whip until stiff peaks form.  Gently fold the whipped whites into chocolate mixture.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30-40  minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with few crumbs attached.
  9. Let it cool completely in the pan over a cooling rack.
  10. When cooled invert onto a serving platter and dust with powdered sugar.
  11. Serve if desired with whipped cream and fresh berries.
Torta Caprese - Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake-1
Nutrition facts 1 Serving out of 8 - Calories:522, Fat: 39.3g, Saturated Fat:15.8g, Carbohydrates:40.9g, Sugar:33.8g, Fiber:5.1g, Protein:10.1g , Cholesterol:122mg, Sodium 192mg 8%, Vitamin D 18mcg 91%, Calcium 102mg 8%, Iron 2mg 13%, Potassium 336mg 7%, daily percent values are based on a 2000 calorie diet
On November 04, 2018 at 08:03 pm, Reema said...
Hi This cake looks lovely. But before I proceed with baking I have a question, aince there’s eggs and no milk/buttermilk. Is this cake gonna be dry?

Hi Reema,'s moist and dense..just make sure you don't overbake.

On November 08, 2018 at 09:29 am, Nutritionist Mira said...
Wow really nice and awesome recipe with full of nutrients. As a Nutritionist I appreciate this recipe with all healthy ingredients. Many Thanks for posting this recipe, I will must try to home.
On June 25, 2019 at 07:18 am, Elsa said...
Very good! Will try soon.
On June 29, 2020 at 04:21 am, judy said...
the cake turned out awesome, just a question though is there anyway I could make it without the chocolate?
On July 02, 2020 at 12:05 am, krisel said...
the cake turned out fabulous, but is there a way of making it without chocolate.
On December 31, 2020 at 08:12 am, Hema said...
Hi Ella, I had bookmarked this recipe a few years ago in view of making it at some point and I think now would be a good time to try it! I do have a question please: I have store bought almond meal/Flour- do I use the same amount i.e. 200 g? Many Thanks Hema

Sorry for the late reply.. yes. you were supposed to use same amount.. hope you tried it out 

On May 24, 2021 at 12:14 am, Fatima said...
Hey :) Thank you for your awesome recipes. I have recently found your channel. This recipe seems so delicious. I wonder if it goes well with some Nutella whipped cream. Does Nutella whipped cream goes well with this cake?

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