Paradise Cake

Paradise Cake

Paradise Cake is a traditional Italian dessert. It is a fluffy and sweet cake with a delicious milk cream.This cake is fairly simple to make and, together with Margherita Cake, is considered a cornerstone of Italian pastry. Legend has it that paradise cake was invented by a monk at a monastery in Pavia, in the region of Lombardia. See the recipe.


  • 3 large eggs
  • 125 g (3/4 g + 3 T) potato starch (can sub cornstarch)
  • 125 g (1 cup + 3 T) AP flour
  • ½ package (8 g) baking powder
  • ¼ t fine sea salt
  • 300 g (1⅓ cups) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for greasing pan
  • 300 g (2¼ cups + 2½ T) confectioners' sugar, divided, plus more for dusting
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Step 2

In a large bowl, beat together eggs, butter, sugar and vanilla extract and the zest of 1 lemon. Mix in flour, baking powder, potato starch and salt. When they are completely incorporated, scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.

Step 3

Bake until golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 45-55 minutes. If your oven cooks unevenly, rotate the pan halfway through.

Step 4

When the cake is cool, sift confectioners' sugar all over the top of the cake. Transfer to a cake stand or plate.

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