schiacciata alla fiorentina
Schiacciata alla fiorentina
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
Schiacciata alla fiorentina is an orange-flavored cake that is emblematic of the carnival and mardi gras period in Florence.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 people
Author: Vera Abitbol
For the dough
  • 2-½ cups flour , sifted
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • cup whole milk , at room temperature
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 eggs , at room temperature
  • 1 large organic orange + zest , at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder , sieved
  • 1 vanilla bean , cut lengthwise and seeds scraped
For the decoration
  • 3 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
For the bottom of the mold
  • 2 tablespoons butter , soft
  • 1 tablespoon flour , sifted
  1. Whisk eggs, sugar and vanilla seeds for 5 minutes using your mixer.

  2. Add orange zest and olive oil, and continue beating, at low speed.
  3. Add the orange juice and beat for one minute.
  4. Add the milk, and beat for another minute.
  5. Mix the baking powder and flour, and gradually incorporate them with a spatula, adding one spoon at a time and making sure they are entirely absorbed before adding the next spoon.
  6. Preheat convection oven to 350 F.
  7. Dust butter and flour the bottom and all the sides of a 10x8 inch pan. Pour the batter.
  8. Bake for about 30 to 45 minutes. After 30 minutes, check if the cake is baked by inserting a toothpick.
  9. Unmold and let the cake cool on a wire rack.
  10. Sprinkle icing sugar over the entire surface. Create a fleur-de-lis stencil, put it on the cake and sprinkle cocoa powder.

  11. Gently lift the stencil so that no cocoa powder spills onto the icing sugar.