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Radicchio Cake

Radicchio Cake

When most people think of Radicchio and cake, they normally don’t think of the two together-however we’ve got a treat for you! This Radicchio cake, or Torta di Radicchio in Italian, is sweet (but not too sweet) with a slight citrus flavor and is perfect to enjoy for desert or an afternoon treat. Plus, it has radicchio in it, so it has to be healthy right?! Spread the love and make this for your special someone this Valentine’s Day!


Radicchio Cake




  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 5 ounces head of Radicchio
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extrace
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 tsps baking powder


  • 1.5 cup of powder sugar
  • 1 tsp of butter
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla


  1. Heat the oven to 350°F
  2. Boil water in a saucepan and add 2 tsps of sugar and juice from lemon. Take the radicchio leaves from the head and blanch in the boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and chop finely. 
  3. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl, adding in the eggs. Add the lemon zest, vanilla, nutmeg, and  mix. Fold in the flour and baking powder. When combined, add in the radicchio.
  4. Pour the batter into a cake tin and bake for approximately 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool before removing from the tin.
  5. For the glaze: mix softened butter, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla and mix until blended. Drizzle on cake and enjoy!