Sacripante Cake

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Great Italian Desserts

By Nick Malgieri

Published 1990

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The name of this dessert derives from a character in Lodovico Ariosto’s poem Orlando Furioso called Sacripante — the name means “hoodlum” or “swashbuckler”! Supposed to have originated in Liguria, the cake is often covered with tiny dice of sponge cake. I prefer using macaroon crumbs on the outside, as in the original version of the cake, since they add a distinctive flavor as well as a subtle crunch.