Torta Caprese (Chocolate and Almond Flourless Cake)

October 21, 2016

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

The famous dessert of the Island of Capri I've found, over the years of making this cake, is extremely forgiving. The almond meal, butter, chocolate and sugar should be equal in weight. This is the time to get out the digital scale, as it makes not only preparing this but also remembering it later so easy. I've done this with 85 grams of each and 3 eggs. Or 250 grams of each and 5-6 eggs. Once I only had 125 grams of almond meal and I simply used that as the proportion for the rest of the ingredients, along with 3 eggs. They only change the cake a little in height and size, but each has come out smooth and moist, almost fudgy. And, in fact, the last measurement is my favorite because in an 8 inch round pan, it comes out just over an inch tall, which I think makes for a good-sized sliver.

If you like, you can add a splash of rum, some lemon or orange zest or (reminiscent of Elizabeth David's chocolate and almond cake, which closely resembles torta caprese) and a dash of strong coffee.

You can also double these ingredients and bake them in a 10 inch pan for a slightly larger cake.


Serves: 6
Prep time: 1 hrs
Cook time: 1 hrs


  • 125 grams (4.4 oz) blanched almonds (or almond meal)
  • 125 grams (4.4 oz) good quality dark chocolate (I use 70% cocoa)
  • 125 grams (4.4 oz or 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, chopped
  • 125 grams (4.4 oz or 1/2 cup) sugar
  • 3 large eggs, separated and left to come to room temperature
  • powdered sugar for dusting
In This Recipe


  1. Grease and line a 20 cm or 8 inch round cake tin with baking paper (I like to use a springform tin or one with a removable base for this delicate cake) and preheat oven to 160ºC or 320ºF.
  2. If using whole blanched almonds, blitz them to a very fine, sandy texture in a food processor. Set aside.
  3. Place the chocolate, broken up, in a metal or glass bowl set over a bain marie (double broiler, or a pot of simmering water). When melted, remove the bowl from the heat and add the butter, stirring with a wooden spoon or silicon spatula to help it melt. Then add the sugar and the almond meal.
  4. Once the mixture is no longer hot, add the egg yolks and stir to combine with a wooden spoon. If adding any further ingredients (orange zest, rum, etc), stir them in now.
  5. In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites with beaters to soft, fluffy peaks. Fold the whites gently through the chocolate and almond batter.
  6. Pour the batter into the cake tin, smooth over the top and bake for approximately 40 minutes or until the top appears dry and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out with a few moist crumbs attached (not wet batter). It is important not to overcook this cake so that it retains its wonderful moist consistency. Let cool completely in the tin before handling.
  7. Dust with powdered sugar and, if desired, some lightly whipped cream. This cake keeps well for several days and is even better the next day.

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Reviews (54) Questions (3)

54 Reviews

erick January 28, 2019
Emiko's recipes are simple - not too many ingredients. Like her Calabrian Walnut Cake, this Torta Caprese is wonderful. Proper technique yields a refined cake. I have two of her cookbooks. Works great for the GF crowd as well.
Meg January 4, 2019
This cake is my new go to recipe. It's simple and oh so delicious. The first time I made it I used orange zest and knew then it was a keeper. The second time I added a teaspoon of instant espresso coffee and was even more impressed. Going forward I will continue making it with the espresso powder, it was that much better, so much so it was gone in one evening. My spring form pan is a 9" which does make the torta rather thin. I may experiment with doubling the recipe. Truly a fantastic recipe thanks for sharing.
Anne N. November 27, 2018
Great flavor and texture for such a simple recipe. To convert this to a “cookie” recipe, I used a ratio of 160 grams for 4 eggs, baked in an 8 inch square pan (45 minutes at 300 in my convection oven). I added a pinch of salt and a good pinch of instant espresso powder to boost the flavors. The cake is plenty sweet, no need for the powder sugar. Refrigerate overnight. Makes 32 1x2 inch bars.
Cleo C. November 13, 2018
Can I put frozen berries in?
Nancy A. November 1, 2018
Hi I’m thinking of making this for a friends bday. She’s really sensitive to sugar so I was wondering if I can omit the sugar?
Author Comment
Emiko November 1, 2018
I don't think you could omit it entirely; this is a rather dark chocolate cake and it will be bitter without it, but you can definitely reduce the sugar significantly. Otherwise for a completely sugar-free cake I would suggest a cake made with naturally sweet apples or carrots for example (I had gestational diabetes so can attest to the fact that these kind of cakes work much better as sugar free versions than chocolate cake!)
Nancy A. November 3, 2018
Got it, hehe I'll try that, thank you so much!
Lara D. October 20, 2018
I dont normally leave comments but OMG this cake is amazing!! It is the first chocolate cake recipe that I have ever found that is so moist, chocolatey and delicious!!! Thank-you for sharing 😊
Noor S. September 10, 2018
I baked this cake twice once with an espresso shot and the other with orange zest, the feedback I got from my friends and family was amazing they loved it so so so much it was finished in the one seating. Thank you for sharing
Anneline August 11, 2018
Thank you so much, was a great birthday surprise for my hubby. He kept saying how great it was. Thank you! A new family favorite! :)
Kajal August 10, 2018
Do you mean a "double boiler"?
Karen June 28, 2018
just made this today (thursday evening) for my husband’s birthday brunch on Saturday. Would it be best to leave it out and covered or in the refrigerator once it cools?
Cindy E. April 8, 2018
Hi I just made this cake, but the height of the cake is 3cm is that right? Or is it meant to be higher? I used the 8inch pan
Author Comment
Emiko April 9, 2018
Sounds right, albeit a tiny bit on the flatter side (maybe you can get it 1cm more when you have very fresh whites and they're whipped really well), but it's not meant to be a tall or regular height cake by any means seeing as there are no rising agents!
Cindy E. April 13, 2018
Probably the egg whites weren’t fresh then.. I whipped it really well, could it be because I over whipped it? Thank you!
Grace C. February 25, 2018
Me too!! I need the volume (cups, etc) measurements instead of the weights! Please oh please oh please!!
Author Comment
Emiko February 26, 2018
The beauty of the recipe is how it's all equal weights (easy to remember too!) But online you'll find so many good resources that will give you conversions, this is one to start with:
Varsha December 21, 2017
I tried this recipe and it turned out absolutely delicious. The cake was soft and fluffy. I have tried various chocolate cake recipes using almond flour, none of them have been as good as this one. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.
laurarose November 18, 2017
I am so excited to come across this recipe and plan to make it for the GF guests at Thanksgiving! If I were to use the larger quantities (i.e., doubled ingredients) can you give me a ballpark on how long to bake? Double the baking time?
Author Comment
Emiko November 19, 2017
In this case, I usually o one of two things (and it depends really what you've got): either bake two separate cakes this size, or double the ingredients and bake in a slightly larger cake tin, such as a 10 inch tin if you have it. You definitely will not need to double or bake for much longer -- keep in mind this is a cake that is better "underdone" than overdone, when it becomes too dry. Test with a skewer in the middle of the cake (top surface should be completely "dry" and maybe showing cracks), instead of it coming out clean, it should come out with several moist crumbs still attached. You're there. Don't cook it any longer than that, you want it to be rather moist like a good brownie!
laurarose November 19, 2017
Thank you!
Helena B. November 14, 2017
Looks delicious! Can this cake be frozen? Thank you!
Author Comment
Emiko November 14, 2017
Absolutely! Just wrap well in plastic wrap once completely cooled.
Teresa C. October 13, 2017
I have made this several times for my paleo husband (substituting coconut sugar for regular sugar) and using butter from grass fed cows. And, I’m GI, so it is a perfect dessert for us both. I add a handful of chopped walnuts before incorporating the egg whites. Delicious! Thanks!
Ellie K. September 23, 2017
I didn't have enough Chocolate chips, so i added 1/2 cup of cocoa powder. this cake came out so great, absolutely delicious and dense and just amazing.<br />thanks<br />ellie
William B. August 20, 2017
I don't have a kitchen scale at present. Can you give me approximate measures in volume (cups)?
Hanna H. January 24, 2017
This was awesome !
Gabriela J. December 23, 2016
Can I use a almond flour instead? It will be the same amount?
Author Comment
Emiko December 23, 2016
Yes! It's the same thing :)