Sacripantina

Marsala Zabaglione Cake

Preparation info

  • Serves

    10 to 12

    • Difficulty

      Complex

Appears in

Back to Square One

By Joyce Goldstein

Published 1992

  • About

For as long as I’ve been living in San Francisco, sacripantina has been a popular dessert. Sacripante in Italian means blusterer or bully and also is the name of a character in Orlando Furioso, a poem-play that is performed in Sicily with life-size puppets. Nick Malgieri believes that the origin of this cake is Liguria, but his recipe has chocolate buttercream filling. I suspect that the cake I know as sacripantina is Sicilian in inspiration because of the zabaglione filling. This is our in