Introducing Vesuvius Cake – the perfect eruption of flavours!

Do you have a sweet tooth and a penchant for trying new things? Then, look no further than the unmissable Vesuvius Cake – a volcanic eruption of flavours that will make your taste buds sing! This unique dessert is packed full of a variety of unusual ingredients, cooking methods and cultural influences, making it a one-of-a-kind treat which is sure to tantalise your palate.

The Origin of Vesuvius Cake

The origins of the Vesuvius Cake can be traced all the way back to the 18th century. During this time, Italian culinary traditions greatly influenced the creation of the pie. This was due to the abundant ingredients that filled the kitchen cupboards of chefs from this era – including apples drawn from nearby orchards, almond paste and orange peel harvested from the Mediterranean coastline. This old-world Italian-inspired delicacy has been passed down through the generations, inspiring modern chefs and aspiring home bakers.

The Recipe


  • 1/2 cup (115g) Unsalted Butter
  • 3/4 cup (170g) Caster Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Apple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 cup (125g) Plain Flour
  • 1 teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • Zest of 1 Orange
  • 2 tablespoons Almond Paste (optional)
  • 3-4 tablespoons of Milk

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. In a mixer or with a whisk, cream the butter and sugar until pale and creamy.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating until combined.
  4. Fold in the apples, flour and baking powder.
  5. Add the orange zest, almond paste and milk and mix until combined.
  6. Pour the mixture into a greased 8-inch cake tin.
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden and a skewer comes out clean.
  8. Leave to cool on a wire rack before serving.

The Taste and Textures

The Vesuvius Cake is a saucer-shaped pastry with a harmoniously balanced composition of sweet and sour flavours. The buttery texture of the pastry is in perfect harmony with the tartness of the apples, while the orange zest adds a fragrant note and the almond paste a delightful crunch. Whether you choose to serve it warm or cold, you won’t be disappointed!

A Unique Twist

If you’d like to add a unique twist to this traditional Italian recipe, why not try substituting the apples for pears or adding a sprinkle of walnuts? Alternatively, you could try using a range of different types of flour to give the cake an extra depth of texture such as rye or spelt.

Serve and Enjoy!

There you have it – the Vesuvius Cake. Here at our kitchen, we guarantee it will blow your taste-buds away! Of course, if you’d prefer a less adventurous treat, this recipe can easily be adapted with more traditional ingredients. Don’t be afraid to experiment and make it your own.

So, if you’re looking for a unique twist on an old-world classic, then why not try making the Vesuvius Cake today? You won’t be disappointed!