Homemade Panpepato Cake Recipe

A circular, sweet cake known as panpepato or pampepato is typical of the provinces of Ferrara, Siena, Terni, Sabina, and the Valle Latina. A variety of panforte is panpepato.

Panpepato Cake

Homemade Panpepato Cake Recipe

The chocolate cake panpepato, also called pampapato, is thick and dense and contains candied citrus, roasted nuts, and spices. In the Italian city of Ferrara, which is located in the Emilia-Romagna area, this sinfully delicious recipe for a snack or dessert is a local custom. In the regions of Tuscany and Campania, there are comparable but significantly distinct variants.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 3 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italy
Calories 421 kcal


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour sifted
  • cup  cocoa powder sifted
  • ½  tsp  ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp  ground cloves
  • ¼  tsp  freshly ground black pepper
  • tsp  ground nutmeg
  • ⅛  tsp  fine sea salt
  • ½ cup  candied lemon or orange peel chopped
  • ¼ cup  toasted almonds chopped
  • ¼ cup  toasted hazelnuts chopped
  • ½ cup  pourable honey
  • ½ cup  whole milk
  • 1 cup  dark chocolate chips


  • Ready all the ingredients? Let's start!
  • The oven should be heated to 325°F. Set aside a sheet pan that has been lined with parchment paper.
  • Mix the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, nutmeg, and salt in a sizable mixing basin. Add the almonds, hazelnuts, and candied citrus peel after stirring.
  • Stir in the milk and honey to thoroughly blend.
  • To ensure that everything combines into a dough ball, use clean hands. If the mixture becomes too wet to roll into a ball, you might need to add more flour. The ball should be flattened into a small dome by being placed on the baking sheet and pressed down.
  • Place the baked cake on a rack over a sheet pan that has been lined with parchment paper, and let it cool.
  • The chocolate chips should be put in a heat-resistant bowl over a pot of simmering water. Trying not to burn it, stir the chocolate until it just melts.
  • The melted chocolate should be drizzled or poured over the cake, then let to cool and harden.
  • Dust the chocolate with powdered sugar once it has cooled and hardened, if you want. Slice it into wedges or serving sizes, then devour.


Nutrition Information:
  • Carbohydrates: 64g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 5g
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 2mg
  • Sodium: 92mg
  • Potassium: 422mg
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 35g
  • Vitamin A: 72IU
  • Vitamin C: 11mg
  • Calcium: 162mg
  • Iron: 3mg
Keyword Panpepato Cake

Final Thought:

A rich, dense chocolate cake with candied citrus, toasted nuts, and spices is called panpepato, often spelled pampapato. In the Italian city of Ferrara, which is located in the Emilia-Romagna area, making this decadently black dessert or snack is a tradition. In Tuscany and Campania, similar but significantly different variations can be found.

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