Zuccotto

zuccato recipe

Zuccotto – Pound cake brushed with amaretto and lined with chocolate cream and filled with almond whipped cream and sliced almonds. Dusted with cocoa.

I 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.)Β  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.

zuccato

Zuccotto

Yield: serves 8

Zuccotto - Layer of pund cake, with a chocolate coating and almond whipped cream inside. Let set and slice. A delicious, no-bake dessert.

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.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

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Well, hello there! I’m Bree Hester, the Boston-based blogger and food photographer here at Baked Bree. Here you can get lots of weeknight meal inspiration, eat more plant-based meals, and still indulge in a decadent sweet treat. Baked Bree is a place where you will find great recipes and inspiration for your next family adventure.

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This Post Has 49 Comments

  1. Rose D., Frenchtown, NJ

    This looks wonderful!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Rose!

  2. Lindsay @ Schnoodle Soup

    Just stop. This looks SO GOOD. And now I’m craving Kaluha at 9 AM – thanks for that…I think πŸ˜‰

    1. bakedbree

      I am always leading people to make bad choices. πŸ™‚

  3. Blog is the New Black

    I’ve never heard of this, or seen this… but it looks amazing! So pretty! (And delish!)

    1. bakedbree

      And easy!

  4. The Blue-Eyed Bakers

    What?! Why have we never heard of this stuff? Pound cake, amaretto, whipped cream, chocolate!? We’re so excited you made this!

    1. bakedbree

      I am excited that you are excited!

  5. Kristin

    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! πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      If mine look like that, yours will as well. The cocoa covers up a lot of flaws too.

  6. Ronda

    I think it looks beautiful uncut too. Lovely and delicious looking!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Ronda!

  7. heather

    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*

    1. bakedbree

      It is really easy to make, but looks impressive. Not to mention delicious.

  8. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookign

    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.

    1. bakedbree

      you are welcome Georgia.

  9. mathilde

    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

    1. bakedbree

      thank you so much Mathilde! You have a beautiful name.

  10. Sasha @ The Procrastobaker

    This looks absolutely gorgeous! A fabulous unique little recipe that i am saving for sure πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Sasha!

  11. Russell at Chasing Delicious

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

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Russell!

  12. marcellina

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

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Marcellina! What a gorgeous name.

  13. Natalie

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

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Natalie!

  14. Piper @ Got It Cook It

    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.

    1. bakedbree

      That is a delicious sounding combination.

  15. Meagan

    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.

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Meagan!

  16. Daca

    Really looks amazing. I like the fact that it looks so special but it’s easy to prepare. Great recipe

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Daca!

  17. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen

    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 πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      Welcome Maggie!

  18. Anne

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      So easy Anne. And yum.

  19. Ann

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

    1. bakedbree

      I love anything that you can make ahead of time. This actually tastes better ahead of time.

  20. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    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

    1. bakedbree

      I bet that you could. You should try it out!

  21. Cindy

    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.

    1. bakedbree

      glad that it made the cut.

  22. Renee Honey

    Oh My!!!

    1. bakedbree

      Lol.

  23. Lauren

    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.

    1. bakedbree

      It is delicious!! And so summer friendly.

  24. Ashley

    Bree! I love this recipe. Always a go to of mine whenever it’s someone’s birthday. Switched it up tonight and used Terry’s chocolate orange. Delish! Thanks again for sharing. Love reading your blog and your recipes are always a favorite in my house.

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Ashley! I love this dessert too. I haven’t made it in awhile, but it is one of my favorite desserts. I love a NO bake dessert.

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