Almond-Chocolate Cake

Almond-Chocolate Cake

This cake is also called "Torta Caprese", i.e. "Capri Cake" because it's one of the island's best specialties. This version using egg whites and oil, instead of eggs and butter, has less saturated fat, and is gluten & lactose-free.

12 servings
Preparation 20 min
Cooking 30 min

Standing 1 h

340 calories per serving 
Cooking dish: 11 in (27 cm) diameter


1/2 cup canola oil   125 mL
150 g unsweetened (dark) chocolate, in small pieces    
3 tbsp coffee (liquid), strong or expresso, lukewarm   45 mL
3/4 cup sugar   150 g
2 tsp baking powder   5 g
1 3/4 cup almonds, skin on , ground   260 g
8 egg whites    
4 tsp icing/confectioners' sugar   10 g

Before you start

A hand-held or stand mixer will make things easier for this recipe.


  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F. Lightly oil a springform cake pan, then put the pan on a baking sheet.
  2. Melt the chocolate in the upper part of a bain-marie. When it is melted, stir in the coffee. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, cream the sugar with the oil using a mixer, about 3 min until the mixture is light and creamy. Fold in the ground almonds, the baking powder, and the chocolate using a spatula.
  4. In another bowl, beat the egg whites to form stiff peaks using an mixer. Then, add the beaten whites to the almond-chocolate mixture, blending gently. Transfer this mixture to the prepared pan. Put the pan (on the baking sheet) in the middle of the oven.
  5. Bake for about 30-40 min. Check the cake with a toothpick or knife to see if it is cooked through. When done, pull the cake out of the oven and let it cool down .
  6. When the cake is cool, transfer it to a serving dish. Dust the top of the cake with the confectioner's sugar then serve.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (80g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




24 g

37 %

Saturated 4 g
+ Trans 0.2 g

21 %


0 mg


75 mg

3 %


24 g

8 %


3 g

12 %


21 g


8 g

Vitamin A

0 %

Vitamin C

0 %


8 %


10 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: 0 serving
Grain Products: 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: 1 serving

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Low :
Source of :
Calcium, Copper, Fibre, Iron, Niacin, Omega-3, Omega-6, Phosphorus, Selenium, Vitamin B2, Vitamin K, Zinc
Good source of :
Magnesium, Manganese
Excellent source of :
Vitamin E

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This recipe is in the following categories: Chocolate | Nuts | Desserts | Halal | Kosher | Low Sodium | Source of Omega-3 | Vegetarian | Bake | Buffet | Christmas | Easter | Thanksgiving | Valentine's Day | Italian

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