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zuccato recipeI have been making this Zuccotto recipe for years.  I love that it is unusual, sophisticated, and really easy to make.  I also enjoy that it can be made a day ahead of time.  In fact, it tastes better when you make it in advance.  The amaretto has time to seep into the pound cake layers and the chocolate layer makes friends with the almond whipped cream.  Granted, when uncut, this dessert is not much to look at.  But when you slice it open, and see the gorgeous layers of dark chocolate and whipped cream flecked with almonds, all becomes right in the world.  Of course, you could make your own pound cake for this, but in all honesty, I don’t think that it is worth the effort.  A plain old Sara Lee works just fine here.  You could also change out the liqueur and use brandy, Kahlua, Frangelico (I just got a brilliant idea, replace the almonds with hazelnuts for this combination), or Grand Marnier.

zucatto recipe1 (12-ounce) pound cake (I used a thawed Sara Lee)
1/4 cup amaretto
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2 cups whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup sliced almonds (toasted)
cocoa powder for dusting

zuccato recipeCoat a large bowl (1 1/2 quarts) with cooking spray.  Cover the cooking spray with plastic wrap and let the wrap hang over the edges.  Slice the pound cake into thin slices, and cover the bowl with the pound cake.  Save some slices for the top.  Brush the cake with amaretto.

zucatto recipeMelt the chocolate over a double boiler.  Let cool.

zucatto recipeMeanwhile, whip the heavy cream with the powdered sugar until thickened.  (Giada does this in two steps, but I am lazy and whip my cream all at once.)  Fold half of the cream into the chocolate mixture.

zucatto recipeSpread the chocolate mixture on top of the pound cake.

zucatto recipeAdd the sliced almonds and almond extract to the remaining whipped cream.  Fold gently until combined.

zucatto recipeAdd the almond whipped cream on top of the chocolate mixture.

zucatto recipeCover the top of the zuccotto with the remaining pound cake slices.

zucatto recipeChill for 3 hours, or overnight.  Unmold onto a cake plate or platter.

zuccotto recipeDust with cocoa powder and slice.

Zuccotto

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce) pound cake (I used a thawed Sara Lee)
  • 1/4 cup amaretto
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds (toasted)
  • cocoa powder for dusting

Instructions

  1. Coat a large bowl (1 1/2 quarts) with cooking spray. Cover the cooking spray with plastic wrap and let the wrap hang over the edges. Slice the pound cake into thin slices, and cover the bowl with the pound cake. Save some slices for the top. Brush the cake with amaretto.
  2. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. Let cool.
  3. Meanwhile, whip the heavy cream with the powdered sugar until thickened. (Giada does this in two steps, but I am lazy and whip my cream all at once.) Fold half of the cream into the chocolate mixture.
  4. Spread the chocolate mixture on top of the pound cake.
  5. Add the sliced almonds and almond extract to the remaining whipped cream. Fold gently until combined.
  6. Add the almond whipped cream on top of the chocolate mixture.
  7. Cover the top of the zuccotto with the remaining pound cake slices.
  8. Chill for 3 hours, or overnight. Unmold onto a cake plate or platter.
  9. Dust with cocoa powder and slice.
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49 Responses to Zuccotto

  1. Rose D., Frenchtown, NJ says:

    This looks wonderful!

  2. Just stop. This looks SO GOOD. And now I’m craving Kaluha at 9 AM – thanks for that…I think :wink:

  3. I’ve never heard of this, or seen this… but it looks amazing! So pretty! (And delish!)
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  4. What?! Why have we never heard of this stuff? Pound cake, amaretto, whipped cream, chocolate!? We’re so excited you made this!

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  6. Kristin says:

    My parents are coming to visit this fall. I think I will make this as a welcome dessert. Although, I highly doubt my slices of pound cake will layer as beautifully as yours did! :)
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  7. Ronda says:

    I think it looks beautiful uncut too. Lovely and delicious looking!
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  8. heather says:

    I remember first seeing Giada present her Zuccotto on that episode of Everyday Italian and thinking: “WHOA. Showstopper!” After all these years, I still haven’t made my own. (Clearly you’re the wiser of the two of us.) As always, the dessert doesn’t disappoint, and I’m reminded to add it to my list. Now all I need is the perfect occasion…

    Cheers,

    *Heather*
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  9. What a lovely Italian dessert. Thanks for introducing me to something new and sharing your beautiful photos and creative recipe, Bree! This looks like something my husband and I would really love.

  10. mathilde says:

    Your photo is gorgeous, love it !
    The recipe sounds great too – I’m gonna read your entire blog… get me inspired
    Thank you for sharing

  11. This looks absolutely gorgeous! A fabulous unique little recipe that i am saving for sure :)
    Sasha @ The Procrastobaker recently posted..Mini Bakewell Tarts

  12. I love this dessert! I’ve never tried anything like it. You have a gorgeous blog too btw!
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  13. marcellina says:

    How delicious! Zuccotto is one of my favourite desserts! And your version looks fantastic!

  14. Natalie says:

    I’ve never heard of this before but it looks wonderful !

  15. I love the sound of this, I can’t wait to try it. Think of the possibilities… add mandarin orange segments and Grand Marnier to one of the whipped mixtures…. and do the chocolate one too. Chocolate and orange, classic combination.
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  16. Meagan says:

    HO-LY CRAP! I want to eat this right now SO SO Badly! MMM!!!! Nom!

    PS – I love your blog name. My niece’s name is Bree so I was curious when I saw it on another blog. Now I’m totally in love.

  17. Daca says:

    Really looks amazing. I like the fact that it looks so special but it’s easy to prepare. Great recipe
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  18. This looks so good! I’m definitely bookmarking this for the next time I need an impressive dessert. I just found your blog via Brown Eyed Baker’s site, and I’m excited to look around :)

  19. Anne says:

    I had zuccotto in Florence, Italy and thought it was delicious but I never realized how easy it can be to make. Thanks for showing us!
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  20. Ann says:

    This looks great and how wonderful that you can make it in advance…my kind of dessert!

  21. I bow down to you! Your a pure genius! This looks so good!! If I make this, I bet I could get my husband to do anything I want! he he

  22. Cindy says:

    I made this last night and we just tried this morning. It is very, very good and wasn’t hard to make at all! This is definitly in the dessert rotation.

  23. Renee Honey says:

    Oh My!!!

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  25. Lauren says:

    Ooohhh, I’ve never seen anything like it! That chocolate filling + the pound cake is a winning combo for me! I will have to try this sometime.

  26. Coco says:

    This looks great! I love Zuccotto, it’s definitely my favorite dessert/cake. And I love how many different ways there are to make Zuccotto. I will definitely try this one! Here’s a link to the recipe I have used the last times I made this amazing dessert. http://cookiecouturepress.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/the-italian-way-of-life/

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