Loredana’s Cake

Loredana’s Cake
This morning I learned to make a cake from a friend’s Italian mother.

She doesn’t speak English, but that didn’t stop her from sharing her enthusiasm with me her eager student. In fact it was much easier to communicate then you might think – and a lot of fun bridging the language barrier over an impromptu culinary class.  And, as an added bonus, I’ve walked away with this tasty (and easy) recipe.

Loredana’s Cake

This is a very easy cake to make because everything is measured by equal parts from the same container.

The first ingredient, explains Loredana,  is love. “Amore”

Then ….

1 x 150 gram container of vanilla yogurt  (you can use other flavours if you wish)

Then use the same yoghurt container (washed out) as a measure for the following ingredients:

2 x container of sugar

3 x container of flour

1 x container of vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 sachet of Lievito (yeast)

Grated lemon OR orange peel (your choice)

Mix all this together with a beater, then fold in 3 pared and cut apples (or other fruit of your choice), cinnamon, a little bit of cognac or rum.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius then lower to 150 degrees Celsius (or less depending your oven) before putting the cake mix in the oven. Leave in oven for 50-60 mins … less if needed, if you find the cake is rising too fast. (Tip: Put foil over the top of the cake if the top is getting too golden to protect it from burning while the rest of the cake catches up.)

Check with a toothpick to see if done. Then dust with icing sugar and serve. Yum!



  1. Fil Piccoli

    Hi Michael, it’s so exciting that you are in Italy. My most favourite place. Love the culture and the passion of the people. The cake sounds yummy. Will try making it and share it with your mom. Ciao.

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