8 Scrumptious Italian Cake Recipes for Year-Round Celebrations

Ricotta and full-fat cream cheese combine to create a rich, creamy Italian cheesecake with amazing flavour and texture. My whole family has been eating cheesecake made using my grandmother's recipe

Italian Cream Cheese and Ricotta Cheesecake

This gorgeous shortbread-like Italian cake with almond, cornmeal, and vanilla flavour is flaky and thick. It is really delicious when paired with a cold glass of white wine or strong coffee.

Torta Sbrisolona

Traditionally produced in Italy from the leftover grapes following the wine harvest, this rustic olive oil cake has citrus overtones. For a special treat, it pairs well with a glass of Vin Santo or another dessert wine.

Italian Fresh Purple Grape Cake

This well-known Italian dessert is the stuff that chocolate lovers eat. It's usually prepared with ground almonds or walnuts and is thick and delicious. Before serving, dust with powdered sugar

Torta Caprese con le Noci (Italian Chocolate Cake)

This is a delicious gluten-free almond, lemon, and ricotta cake that tastes rich and is made in the Italian tradition. Before serving, dust with powdered sugar for an added sweetness.

Almond Ricotta Cake

The traditional components of genoise cake are butter, flour, sugar, and egg yolks; however, the addition of beaten egg whites gives the cake a lighter texture. It is ideal for a layer cake layered with syrups

Genoese Sponge

Semolina, ground almonds, whole oranges, orange liqueur, and Fiori di Sicilia (a citrus and vanilla essence) are added to this opulent, dairy-free Italian cake. As home cook Claire puts it, "Such a delicious, moist, flavorful cake!

Orange Cake with Semolina and Almonds

Serve this traditional Italian apple and vanilla cake slightly warm with a dollop of vanilla ice cream for a soft, cosy, and very delicious treat. Add some chopped or flaked almonds to the batter for a nutty twist.

Torta di Mele (Italian Apple Cake)