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Classic Italian Cakes

Italian cooking is very difficult to pin down -- almost every city and town has its specialties, and there are regional trends too; the end result is a huge number of local cuisines rather than a single national cuisine. However, there are some dishes that you will find almost everywhere, and that are now standards among the many Italian communities scattered across the globe.

Babà
An extraordinarily voluptuous treat!

Cassata alla Siciliana
Sicily's signature cake, an extraordinarily rich delight that also manages to be light and easy to digest.

Torta Claudia: An Italian Layer Cake
A creamy layer cake laced with brandy or whatever you prefer.

Pandoro
Verona's rich, buttery cake adds a special dimension to Christmas.
Difficulty: Advanced

Panettone
Milano's classic Christmas Cake!

Panettone Ripieno
A rich, light filling for a panettone: Perfect for Christmas Eve.

Dolce alla Napoletana
An elegant Neapolitan layer cake you can fill with either cream or fruit preserves.

Millefoglie
One of the world's best birthday cakes!

Schiacciata alla Fiorentina
An amazingly tasty carnival cake, which takes more time to explain than it does to make.

More Cakes
Classic Italian Dishes
The General Recipe Index

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