Torta Caprese (Italian Gluten Free, Chocolate and Almond Cake)

  • Author: Azlin Bloor
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8-12 (8"/20cm cake) 1x


Torta Caprese is a dark, gluten free, Italian chocolate cake made with ground almonds, from the island of Capri.



  • 115g (4 oz) dark chocolate (70%)
  • 15g (4oz) salted butter
  • 170g (6oz) ground almonds
  • 1 Tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 115g (4oz) caster sugar (fine sugar)
  • 2 Tbsp liqueur of your choice
  • icing sugar to decorate

You will also need an 8″/20cm cake pan


  1. Preheat your oven to 180˚C (350˚F/160˚C Fan). Line and grease your cake pan, as required.
  2. Break the chocolate up into little pieces and place in a bowl.
  3. Add the butter to the bowl, and melt the chocolate and butter at 50% power in your microwave oven for 60 seconds. Stir, then another 60 seconds. Stir this until you have a smooth and shiny mix. Set aside.
  4. Mix the almonds and cornflour.
  5. Separate the eggs, placing the egg whites in a medium sized bowl and the egg yolks in a large bowl.
  6. Beat the egg whites with 2 Tbsp of the sugar until stiff. Set aside.
  7. With the same beaters, beat the egg yolks with the rest of the sugar until pale.
  8. Add the chocolate mix and stir, using a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula, until you have a smooth mixture.
  9. Add the ground almonds to the egg yolks, and fold it in, using the wooden spoon or a rubber spatula.
  10. Finally, fold in the egg whites in 2 additions.
  11. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 35-40 minutes. Check at the 35 minute mark with a cake tester or long thin skewer. If it comes out clean, the cake is done.


Makes an 8″ (20cm) cake. You will need to grease and line your cake pan, as required. The cake pan you see me using in the video doesn’t need to be lined.

  • Category: Cakes
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: torta, cake, italian, chocolate