Baci Cake

When I got married almost 25 years ago I started my recipe notebook. I would see cooking programs or be talking with friends and see or hear of a good recipe and jot it down meaning to try it later on. I remember sitting in my kitchen having coffee with a friend and she recommended me this recipe I wrote it down even adding the date which was 1993 . I regret not trying that recipe before today ,20years later ,because its a delicious cake and truly tastes just like Baci.

Me and my family were invited for tea at friends of ours and I took this Baci cake and it was a hit. Both adults and children enjoyed it and came for second helpings .

My friends recipe says 400g ground almonds but as Baci are made with hazelnuts I decided to use ground hazelnuts.


  • 400g ground almonds or ground hazelnuts
  • 1 (20ozs )packet cream crackers
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 6 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons drinking chocolate
  • Nutella or hazelnut chocolate spread


In a big bowl mix the crushed crackers and ground hazelnuts or almonds.

Mix in the cocoa and drinking chocolate.

In another bowl beat the egg whites and sugar well .

Add this to the big bowl and mix .

Pour in the melted butter and vanilla mixing well.

Put the cake mixture in a greased tin ,I used a 27cm x8cm x27cm  square spring form tin.

Bake in preheated moderate oven 160C for about 20minutes .

Leave to cool then heat the hazelnut spread on low heat or in microwave and pour over cake . Decorate with chopped hazelnuts or almonds,white and dark chocolate flakes or why not Baci chocolates. 

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