Loretta Sebastiani

By: Loretta Sebastiani

Italian CookingItalian cakes and dessertsChocolate cake, Italian style

Chocolate cake (Dolce al cioccolato)

Our original home cooking

The chocolate cake you can see in the photo is one of the first cake created by me several years ago for a special occasion. It tastes fantastic and it has not many calories. Serve it after a meal with fish or meat or for a kitchen party or in a meal, buffet-style. Pair this chocolate cake with Brachetto d'Acqui or Asti spumante, both wines of Piedmont. Here's the recipe.

difficulty: medium

time: 1 hour

calories: 320 (kCal)

Ingredients / Serves 12

  • 4 eggs
  • 150g (5 1/3 ounces) bitter chocolate
  • 180g (6 1/3 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 150g (5 1/3 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 35g (1 1/4 ounce) almonds, chopped
  • 35g (1 1/4 ounce) hazelnuts, chopped
  • 150g (5 1/3 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 7.5g (1/4 ounce - 2 teaspoons) baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
preparation: 30 minutes
cooking: 30-35 minutes
total: 1 hour
How many calories in a serving?
Calories: 320 (kcal) 16 % - 1339 (kJ)
Protein: 6 (g) 12 % GDA
Total fat: 19.9 (g) 29 % GDA
Total carbohydrate: 30.7 (g) 12 % GDA
Sugars: 19.3 (g) 22 % GDA

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Nutrition facts

Chocolate cake recipe

Preparation and cooking

  • - Dissolve bitter chocolate in a water bath on very low heat and then melt butter stirring gently.
  • - Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
  • - Butter a 22.5cm (9 in) round pie dish.
  • - In a bowl, beat eggs and sugar for long time until pale and creamy.
    Sprinkle in all-purpose flour, yeast and salt, stirring gently with a wooden spoon.
    Fold in almonds and hazelnuts and then chocolate & butter mixture.
  • - Gently, spoon into the buttered dish and level its surface.
  • - Bake until firm and slightly shrunken from the sides of the dish, about 30-35 minutes.

Just before serving

  • - Let your chocolate cake cool completely before turning it upside down on a serving plate.



  • - For a better cake: cut your cake across horizontally. Fill it with jam according to your taste and sandwich discs of the sponge together.
  • - You can use margarine instead of butter but I will strongly discourage its use.
  • - Serve it with a little of ice-cream too. It's very good!!

What's the right wine “Chocolate cake, Italian style”?

My husband and I suggest Brachetto d'Acqui (an Italian red sparkling wine) or an Italian sweet sparkling wine like Asti Spumante.