This flourless chocolate cake is packed with rich cocoa flavour, its structure is moist and dense – it’s truly the perfect ending to any hearty holiday meal. Also known as chocolate caprese cake, this traditional chocolate cake hails from the island of Capri, in the Campania region of Italy. It calls for ground almonds in place of flour, which results in a wonderfully indulgent cake.
What’s so good about flourless cakes, you ask? It’s not just to tick the ‘gluten-free’ box. Omitting flour from a cake recipe results in a creamier, silkier cake texture. Generally flourless cakes don’t ‘rise’ to the height of normal cakes, they have a slightly depressed structure in the middle. They are also much more fudgy, especially in the middle.
Use a springform pan for this cake, because the absence of flour means less structure for the cake and you don’t want it to collapse with a normal pan.
Chef’s tip: For an added kick, you can also dust espresso powder on top of the cake, which really enhances the flavour profile of chocolate.
Want some easy festive baking recipes? See: Quick and easy Christmas treats – perfect for baking beginners