Cooking Class: Torta Caprese with Gina Tringali

Cooking Class: Torta Caprese with Gina Tringali


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Chocolate, cioccolata, arrived from the New World to Europe in the early sixteenth century in a liquid form. Cacao was valued for not only its rich and bitter flavor but for its medicinal uses. A luxury, bitter chocolate was and is added to sauces in Italy used for game.

In today’s hands-on conversation, we will trace the voyage of chocolate from the New World to Italy and land in the 1920s when Torta Caprese was created like many dishes by accident. The famous gluten-free chocolate almond cake is on the menu today. It is the perfect treat to indulge in any day of the year.

In this hands-on conversation, we will learn how to prepare this delicious dessert. Led by food historian, sommelier, and home cook Gina Tringali, this interactive lesson will have you baking Torta Caprese like an expert. Designed to deliver a taste of Capri, participants will come away with an understanding of how to make this beloved dessert and learn about how it came to be.

 

Below are the items you’ll want to participate in this class. We will email attendees the full recipe with measurements and instructions prior to the class, so that you can pre-measure ingredients before joining.

Ingredients

  • Blanched almonds (or almond flour sifted) (125 grams (4.4 oz))
  • Good quality dark chocolate (Gina uses 70% cocoa), (125 grams (4.4 oz))
  • Unsalted butter, chopped, (125 grams (4.4 oz or 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon))
  • Sugar (125 grams (4.4 oz or 1/2 cup))
  • 3 large eggs
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  • Extra butter to grease the pan
  • Whipping cream or heavy cream (8.8 oz ) (optional)
  • 1-2 tbsp confectioner sugar (optional)

Special equipment

We don’t list every item you’ll need here (e.g., standard items like knives, bowls, cutting boards). But we do our best to identify items that may not be in every kitchen, and alternatives where possible.

  • Kitchen scale (optional but useful)
  • Cups and spoon measures
  • 20 cm or 8 inch round cake pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Double heater (optional but useful)

Gina is a food historian, coffee connoisseur and cook. Born into an Italian-American family, Gina spent countless hours in the kitchens of her mom and her Neapolitan and Sicilian grandmothers – watching, cooking, tasting – dreaming of living in Italy. In 2007 she relocated to Rome where she earned a Master’s degree in Italian Gastronomic Culture from the Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, and became a certified sommelier and member of AIS. She also holds an MBA from NYU. Before relocating to Rome, she worked for Tom Colicchio's Craft family of restaurants in NYC in business development and marketing and she spent some time in the kitchen. Her writing appears on numerous food and travel publications.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
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C.S.
Fantastic Cake

I was unable to participate in real time. I was extremely grateful that Context provided a video. Gina’s instructions and demonstration was spot on. I didn’t have any issues. I love that the cake is Keto friendly with a very minor substitution!! Very easy to replicate. She was thorough, demonstrating her mise en place so it was easy to see all the ingredients meticulously laid out. She was terrific. I would most definitely take another class with her.

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Confused

I don't really want to make a negative review and I have loved other classes by Gina but I STILL don't know how much of the first 4 ingredients should be used. The recipe says 125 grams for each but in class she said 1 cup. I watched the recording and was cooking along and measuring by the recipe and have no idea if the cake the oven is correct. After a class in which there was SO much confusion over the measurements - verbally and in the chat a correction/clarification should have been sent with the recording.
PLEASE how much each of the first 4 ingredients.

B
B.C.
Delicious and easy gluten free cake

This was a fun class learning to make the most delicious and most chocolatey dessert. We got tips on variations that will be fun to try.

J
J.L.
Wonderful instructor with greta recipes

Gina's presentation was engaging and served as a great model for me when I made this wonderful cake a few hours after the class.

P
P.
Fun class and amazing cake!

Gina’s class was informal and fun. The cake is absolutely delicious! She explains every step and I like how she answered questions throughout the session. This was my first class with Gina but I’ll sign up for more. Thank you!

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
83%
(5)
0%
(0)
17%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
C
C.S.
Fantastic Cake

I was unable to participate in real time. I was extremely grateful that Context provided a video. Gina’s instructions and demonstration was spot on. I didn’t have any issues. I love that the cake is Keto friendly with a very minor substitution!! Very easy to replicate. She was thorough, demonstrating her mise en place so it was easy to see all the ingredients meticulously laid out. She was terrific. I would most definitely take another class with her.

A
A.
Confused

I don't really want to make a negative review and I have loved other classes by Gina but I STILL don't know how much of the first 4 ingredients should be used. The recipe says 125 grams for each but in class she said 1 cup. I watched the recording and was cooking along and measuring by the recipe and have no idea if the cake the oven is correct. After a class in which there was SO much confusion over the measurements - verbally and in the chat a correction/clarification should have been sent with the recording.
PLEASE how much each of the first 4 ingredients.

B
B.C.
Delicious and easy gluten free cake

This was a fun class learning to make the most delicious and most chocolatey dessert. We got tips on variations that will be fun to try.

J
J.L.
Wonderful instructor with greta recipes

Gina's presentation was engaging and served as a great model for me when I made this wonderful cake a few hours after the class.

P
P.
Fun class and amazing cake!

Gina’s class was informal and fun. The cake is absolutely delicious! She explains every step and I like how she answered questions throughout the session. This was my first class with Gina but I’ll sign up for more. Thank you!