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Name of Event

The Feast Day of San Gennaro (Januarius)

Cuisine From



Luscious cake with almonds rum and chocolate.


Yield 6-8
Preparation time 30 mins
Cooking time 50 mins
Main Ingredient Chocolate, Almonds


 For 20 cm diameter cake tin/pan

  • 125g unpeeled almonds 
  • 100 g dark chocolate 
  • 100 g sugar 
  • 75 g butter (or margarine for the lactose intolerant) 
  • 1 pinch of salt 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 10 grams of flour 00 
  • 10 grams of unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1 tablespoon whiskey 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract 

To decorate 

  • 1/2 cup dark rum 
  • 10 grams of icing sugar


  1. In a blender chop the almonds inclusive of skins for approx.15 seconds  (I do not prefer lumps, but if you like the feeling of almond grains, reduce the speed. Set aside in a bowl.
  2. Divide the chocolate into chunks and chop in a blender for approx.10 seconds on a medium high speed;set aside along with the almonds.
  3. Place the sugar and butter (or margarine) in a bowl and using a mixer beat at low speed  for approx. 30 sec. add eggs, flour, salt, cocoa, whiskey, vanilla and yeast and beat at a medium speed for approx. 20 seconds, or until the mixture is pale and thick.
  4. Add chocolate and almonds. and mix at medium speed for approx. 20 sec, anticlockwise.
  5. Pour the mixture into a buttered and floured cake tin/pan.
  6. Cook in an oven at 180 ° C for about 50 minutes.
  7. Take out of the oven, turn upside down onto a large plate, wet the surface with rum and let it cool.
  8. Once cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  9. Serve with cream

Note:The rum is the real gem of the caprese: poured on the cake while itis still warm. This will create a crust that will not penetrate the sugar inside allowing it to stay fresh  for 2 days if not cut open.

This authentic recipe has been provided by Anna & Flavia. Visit their site for more detailed instructions of this recipe and see their extensive range of traditional recipes.Anna's Recipes and Flavia