Bocca di Dama

Passover Almond Sponge Cake

Preparation info
  • Serves

    8 to 10

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Cucina Ebraica: Flavours of the Italian Jewish Kitchen

By Joyce Goldstein

Published 1998

  • About

Bocca di dama means “mouth of a woman.” It is also the name for a classic Italian almond cake. This adaptation of Emma Belforte’s recipe from La cucina livornese is obviously for Passover, as it is flourless and uses matzoh meal and almonds.


  • cups finely chopped blanched almonds
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 12


Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 10-inch springform pan. In a food processor, combine the almonds and c