Chocolate and hot pepper cake

As you probably have guessed by now, we don’t have a sweet tooth around here.

For Easter however, I felt compelled to incorporate chocolate to finish off an Easter dinner menu which was quite festive: we started off with zucchini soup with egg and cheese (minestra di zucchine cacio e uova), followed by penne with sage (penne alla salvia), the main dish was stuffed meatloaf (polpettone ripieno) and then, this wonderful cake from Southern Italy.

This gluten-free cake had a wonderfully moist, brownie-like texture, and had the right amount of heat. Serve with a spoonful of crème fraîche for an ending that is not too sweet and perfectly satisfying.

If you are interested in having the recipes for the rest of the menu, stay tuned, they will be posted soon.

Torta al cioccolato e peperoncino

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
115 g dark chocolate
2 bird’s eye chillies, deseeded and very finely chopped
3 large eggs, at room temperature
120 g raw sugar
135 g almond flour
pinch of salt


Preheat the oven to 325 F.

  1. In a bowl over simmering water, melt the chocolate with the butter and the chillies. Make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Take off the heat and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk the eggs with the sugar over high speed until pale yellow and fluffy, about 10 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and mix until combined.
  3. Fold in the chocolate mixture in the eggs with a spatula, then fold in the almond flour.
  4. Line the bottom of an 18 cm removable bottom cake pan with parchment, butter and flour* it, then spread the mixture in it.
  5. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Let it cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

*You can use gluten-free flour or cocoa powder to coat the mould instead of regular flour.


4 replies »

    • You can get these Thai hot chillies pretty much in every grocery store. Farm Boy usually has them. I was lucky, I got them at my usual grocery store. Produce Depot probably has some. Gook luck!


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