Coconut Cake Raffaello

Coconut cake Raffaello-3 This coconut cake Raffaello will just melt in your mouth! A soft and moist cake with almonds,coconut,and white chocolate. Creamy frosting is very tasty and simple with just two ingredients. Overall this cake is super easy to make and divine as the Raffaello candy.

This recipe was inspired by my sister-in-law Galina with additions of few ingredients.



6 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 cup  all-purpose flour sifted

1 teaspoon vanilla


16 ozs. Mascarpone cheese

1 can condensed milk

Filling and toppings-

1 can evaporated milk

2 tablespoons amaretto liqueur *

1 1/4 cup toasted sliced or slivered almonds

1/2 cup toasted shredded coconut flakes(unsweetened) + more for topping ( I toasted in the oven)

1/2 cup apricot jam/preserve heated and cooled (optional but good)

Shredded white chocolate

Raffaello candies for decoration

* you can sub in 1 teaspoon almond extract/essence


Heat oven to 325 degrees.

Line the bottom of 9 inch springform pan with parchment paper and grease the sides.

In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer,beat eggs,sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy.

Gradually on low speed or using hands/spatula mix in flour. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Let cool.


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Whip mascarpone cream with condensed milk for not more then a minute. Just as well combined.


Combine evaporated milk with amaretto liqueur or almond extract/essence.



Slice cake in half. Using a spoon,pour half of evaporated milk mixture* on the bottom layer.

Spread jam if adding any,followed by good amount of cream.

Sprinkle almonds,coconut, and white chocolate(optional).


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Moist the other half cake layer and place it on top.(sliced side down.)

Spread remaining cream all over the cake.

Add shredded coconut to the top and sides of the cake.

Sprinkle with white chocolate and top with Raffaello candies.

Refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours.

*If you like your cake to be on the sweeter side, add 2 tablespoons of condensed milk to evaporated milk. If you don’t like your cakes moist,you might want to reduce soaking mixture.


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Russian Turtle Cake "Cherepaha"

This Russian turtle cake is really moist with nice little crunch,chocolate, and citrus flavor. To make it even more special for your kids birthday you can arrange the cake pieces in a shape of a turtle.Use raisins or chocolate chips for the eyes, and chocolate syrup or ganache to outline the shell.

6 eggs
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa ( I used Dutch)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 cups flour

3 1/5 cups sour cream
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter or 116 grams frozen
2 tablespoons cocoa
zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup crushed walnuts
1/2 cup raisins soaked and drained.
Shredded chocolate or cocoa for dusting.
* a little milk if needed

 Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.

Beat eggs with sugar.
Mix vinegar with baking soda and add it to eggs and sugar.
Add cocoa and beat again.

Gradually add flour.

Using a teaspoon, Add the batter on the baking sheet. Bake for about 12-15 minutes. don’t over bake.
It should feel spongy.
You will need like 2-3 baking sheets.

Beat sour cream with sugar.(if sour cream is too thick, add about 1/2 cup milk. I use Daisy brand so it’s a little thick for this cake.)
Shred frozen butter.
Add butter,zest,walnuts,cocoa and raisins to sour cream.
Mix to combine all the ingredients.

Dip cooled cake pieces in the cream and arrange one on top of another forming a little hill or turtles back. Sprinkle with shredded chocolate or cocoa. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight for better results.