This classic cake is traditionally served at tea time for merenda (the snack that children have after their siesta). It is a plain sponge cake, usually covered with a thick layer of icing sugar, or split in half with a chocolate or jam filling. It tends to be rather dry, and is enjoyed dunked into a bowl of milk, hot chocolate or coffee, or a little dessert wine for adults. It is delightful by itself, and it is also an excellent base for making an Italian trifle, or any other Italian dessert that requires a plain cake base.
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