Tenerina Cake from Ferrara: Creamy Inside Crunchy Outside

Tenerina cake, a delectable Italian dessert, is known for its distinctive creamy and velvety texture on the inside, which is beautifully contrasted by a crunchy and slightly crackled exterior.

Tenerina is a traditional dessert from Ferrara, a city in Emilia-Romagna, North Italy. It is the nominated city of the Renaissance by Unesco for its well preserved historical buildings and for being a centre that attracted the greatest minds of the Italian Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Thanks to our dear friend Sergio for sharing his family recipe of this easy-to-make cake. If you find yourself in Ferrara go to  Pasticceria Cioccolateria Chocolat  (Via Corte Vecchia 55), so you can have a taste of the original Tenerina cake.

Tenerina Cake from Ferrara: Creamy Inside Crunchy Outside


SERVINGS: 8 (∼22 cm diameter cake pan)
Preparation Time: 15 minCooking Time: 25-30 min
TOTAL TIME: 45 min
Tenerina Cake from Ferrara: Creamy Inside Crunchy Outside


  • 100 grams (1/2 cup ) butter  (at room temperature/soft) cut in small pieces
  • 200 grams (7 ounces) sugar
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 200 grams (7 ounces) high quality dark chocolate (70%)
  • icing sugar to decorate


  • Break the chocolate in small pieces and melt it into a bain-marie (place it into a bowl suspended over a saucepan of simmering water,  stir occasionally) or in microwave until smooth, shiny and glossy. While the chocolate is melting, in a bowl whip egg whites with a pinch of salt until forming stiff and firm peaks.
  • Melt the butter into the hot chocolate, stir well and and let it cool.
  • Preheat the oven at 180 °C.
  • In a separate bowl beat the sugar and yolks until creamy and smooth, then sift the flour straight into the bowl, and mix again (all lumps have to be gone). Add the chocolate and butter mixture and beat it until homogeneous and fluffy.
  • Slowly incorporate the white eggs with a mixing – spoon going up to down into it. Butter and flour a 22 cm diameter cake pan, pour the dough into it and cook for 25 – 30 min. When completely cool, dust with icing sugar.

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