The origins of Italy's Caprese Cake
A sublime Italian cake you'll fall in love with
On Sunday, my mum made me a Caprese cake, and I loved it!
Do you know this soft, delicious cake? It's actually the result of an error, which is unbelievable, right?
Torta Caprese is a traditional Italian chocolate and almond cake named after the island of Capri from which it originates. It's also incredibly popular in Naples.
There are several legendary stories about the cake's origin.
One is of a baker fulfilling an order for an almond cake for a few tourists in the 1920s. The baker forgot to add flour to the mix, but the tourists liked the resulting cake and considered it a delicacy.
Another legend is about an Austrian princess married to the king of Naples, who really wanted the famous Sachertorte (two layers of soft and light chocolate cake, separated by apricot jam and coated with a chocolate icing, famous in Austria). However, the Italian chefs didn't know the recipe, so they improvised by using a common Neopolitan ingredient: almonds. And so the Caprese cake was born.
Who knows what the real story is, but however it came about, the cake is delicious. Next time you're in Italy, make sure you try a slice of Caprese cake.