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Caprese choco coconut cake

CAPRESE COCONUT CAKE
Written by Veronica Lavenia

Caprese choco coconut cake, a delicious specialty from Capri Island (Southern Italy), is a invigorating sweet with few but high-quality ingredients. The sweetness of the chocolate makes the cake perfect in taste. My twist is a greedy chocolate glaze and the replacement of hazelnuts, typical of the original recipe, with almonds.

Coconut flakes, sprinkled on the top of the cake when the chocolate icing is still warm, give off an unmistakable aroma that gives a touch of freshness, as well as color.

Caprese choco coconut cake: Ingredients

Serves 8

For the cake

150 g (5 oz) raw dark chocolate, 70%

50 g (2 0z) raw  dark chocolate, 60%

150 g  (5 oz) chopped whole almonds

1 tsp organic baking powder (organic means no dry chemical baking powder and aluminum free)

3 large organic free range eggs

For the glaze+decoration

150 (5 oz) raw dark chocolate, 70%

2 tbsp coconut flakes

1 tbsp coarsely chopped whole almonds

 

Caprese choco coconut cake: Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180° C (350° F/Gas 4).
  2. In a thick-bottomed saucepan melt the chocolate. Once warmed, pour the chocolate mixture into a bowl, add the finely chopped almonds and baking powder.
  3. Add one egg yolk at a time, stirring with a wooden spoon.
  4. Beat the egg whites until stiff and stir into the dough from the bottom up.
  5. Pour the mixture into a mold, lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes.

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About the author

Veronica Lavenia

Veronica, PhD, is an Italian based food writer. Born and raised in Italy, surrounded by the thriving culture and spirit of Sicily, Veronica was a University academic before becoming a food writer. In the context of academic research, she has published essays on the Spanish-American narrative in national and international Academic Journals. As freelance journalist, she wrote about book reviews and tennis. Food was the subject she thought about most so, inspired by family recipes, and valuable Italian culinary heritage, she moved into writing her experiences and studies on the subject.
Sustainability, seasonality and selection of raw materials (as much as possible local, organic and unrefined) are the basis of Veronica’s natural food philosophy.
Cookery author, "Gluten Free from Heaven" magazine contributor, some of her works have appeared in "Vegetarian Living", "Veggie Magazine", "Lifestyle FOOD", "Australian Good Food & Travel Guide" and "Chickpea", among others.