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Cocoa Yogurt Cake with Spelt flour

Loreto February 14, 2019

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Cocoa Yogurt Cake with Spelt flour. It’s Valentine’s day and I cannot think of anything more precious than this heart-shaped cake that I know is delicious, because I know Nicoletta and she has a lot of heart and passion, plus a way with sweets! I love the rich look of this cake. It tells me a few things, it is going to be moist and deep in flavor!

Song of the day: “My Funny Valentine” by Alfie Zappacosta.

Cocoa Yogurt Cake with Spelt flour

Cocoa Yogurt Cake with Spelt flour. This is not your ordinary chocolate cake. It has a few twists. Firstly, it is done with spelt flour. Secondly, there is potato starch in the mix. Thirdly, it has a hint of cardamom and cinnamon and just a touch of vanilla. Perfect flavors and textures to dazzle a dessert for that special day of the heart!

Loreto’s writing this post??

You are probably wondering why I am writing this post. Well, after a crazy day of  metro, work, and repeated public transport on the way home with the addition of a train ride, and rushing to get home to make a cake, photograph before the sun goes down, Nicoletta was wiped out and was too tired to write. Well, I told her don’t worry I will write on your behalf.

That is what partners do, look out for one another and dive in to help when the energy is running low!

A little something about Nicoletta….

I wanted to share some things about my wife and partner Nicoletta. She is a very hard worker who is very hard on herself. Succeeding at what she does with the amount of heart she puts in is of the utmost importance! Her desserts are like children to her, she nurtures them, molds them with such a warmth, dedication, and poise!

Today, exhaustion set in, and even in the heart of making this beautiful cake she was bombarded by many distractions like a contractor coming to see some work, a mom calling, and even me calling, but only once as I remembered she wanted to crank out this recipe with photos so we had something of relevance for Valentine’s day!

I hurt when she hurts and she was a bit disappointed with what she had done. However, Nicoletta usually feels she has not done well and that the cake will not be good, but 99.9 percent of the time it is amazing and eaten before she can question her ability again. I think I can safely say she puts her all into everything she does and for that I love her!

Why Spelt flour?

It is a flour that some people with gluten intolerance can actually eat without incident, it has a wonderful nutty flavor which goes well with cocoa, and finally Nicoletta absolutely loves this flour, and so it is!

Cocoa Yogurt Cake with Spelt flour

The Order of Things:

  • Get that oven pre-heated
  • First you have to get all your ingredients ready, and at room temperature. Organization is key.
  • Next, the eggs get whipped with the sugar, then adding the oil, vanilla, and yogurt slowly to keep the mix smooth and rich.

Cocoa Yogurt Cake with Spelt flour

  • The dry ingredients are next, starting with spelt flour followed by potato starch, cocoa, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt.
  • Once the batter is ready, you need to butter and flour a cake pan. Nicoletta used a silicon mold, heart-shaped of course, so no need to butter and flour. It is from Ikea, a Christmas gift from years ago.

Cocoa Yogurt Cake with Spelt flour

We are almost there!

  • The batter goes into the cake mold or pan and into the oven.

Cocoa Yogurt Cake with Spelt flourCocoa Yogurt Cake with Spelt flour

  • Before pulling it out, check it with a skewer or cake tester and if it comes out clean, it is done.
  • Let it cool and then pop out of mold or pan.

Always the most nervous part, will it stick, could it crumble yikes……………

I can hear Nicoletta sigh as the cake comes out perfectly! Look at that border detail and the dark rich color. It looks fabulous. Nicoletta told me she wanted to make a pomegranate icing, but it didn’t work the way she wanted. So, simple it is going to be, which didn’t surprise me, as Nicoletta is not one for icings or frostings. She only likes a dusting of icing sugar on her cakes. She simply brushed the bottom of the cake with the pomegranate juice to make it shine.

I love the look of this cake. It looks so luxurious, wish I was there to taste it with a wonderful Italian espresso, however, I am still in the deep freeze of the great white North, so I will just have to share what Nicoletta told me about the taste and texture of this Cocoa Yogurt Cake with Spelt flour!

The smile on her face tells me all!

I am always nervous when I ask Nicoletta how her cakes taste. I don’t know why, it always turns out amazing, so why would this time be different. We usually talk on whatsapp, so when I asked her about the cake she smiled and said it was deliciously decadent, with a lovely crumb, and a rich, nutty, spiced flavor. She was cutting a piece for her best friend Laura. A proud recipient of a lot of Nicoletta’s baked goods.

Laura’s husband, Luca, was ranting and raving about the last cake Nicoletta made and shared with them. I think he is going to be a very happy camper tonight! Happy Valentine’s Day, you two!

This is the most beautiful Valentine’s Day cake I have ever seen! You really did a great job capturing the essence of who you are and what this cake is really about!

Thank you for being you, Amore!

Make this Valentine’s Day special and make the one you love this amazingly decadent and delicious Cocoa Yogurt Cake with Spelt flour.

P.S. I Love You Amore!!!!!!! Will you be my Valentine?

Wishing all of you out there a most memorable Valentine’s Day!

Song of the day: “My Funny Valentine” by Alfie Zappacosta.


Cocoa Yogurt Cake with Spelt flour

  • Author: Nicoletta
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian


Cocoa Yogurt Cake with Spelt flour, rich and decadent but also easy and quick. The use of yogurt, vegetable oil and potato starch makes it light and fluffy. The cocoa and spices add luxuriousness, the spelt flour keeps it healthier. It makes the perfect snack, breakfast cake, and delicious dessert.


  • 3 eggs, organic free-range, at room temperature
  • 150 g beet sugar (or any sugar you like)
  • 125 g (1 container) plain yogurt, at room temperature
  • 125 g vegetable oil (I used peanut oil)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 g spelt flour
  • 70 g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 90 g potato starch
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of cardamom
  • 16 g baking powder (1 package lievito vanigliato)
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. In a large bowl, whip eggs and sugar at high speed with a handheld mixer for a couple of minutes, until frothy.
  3. Slowly add the oil, continuing to mix at medium speed.
  4. Add the yogurt a little at a time, then the vanilla, and mix at medium speed.
  5. Finally add the flour, potato starch, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt, previously sifted together. Stir at low speed until a smooth, lump-free mixture is obtained.
  6. Transfer the mixture into a 24-inch buttered and floured cake pan (I used a heart-shaped silicone mold, a little small for the batter).
  7. Bake your cocoa and yogurt cake in the preheated oven for about 35 minutes. Check it with a cake tester or skewer.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool on a rack before unmolding.
  9. Then slice and enjoy!


You can dust the cake with powdered sugar, ice it, make a chocolate ganache, and accompany it with whipped cream/coconut cream and fresh fruit. I wanted to cut it in the middle and fill with jam.

It is great at breakfast, snack, or dessert.

You can use a flavored yogurt to add some flavor to the cake. Make it yours.

It keeps for 3 – 4 days at room temperature, better in a cake dome.

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    Reply annie@ciaochowbambina February 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

    A stunning cake for a sweet couple! Happy Valentine’s Day to you two lovebirds!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 14, 2019 at 10:42 am

      Awww thank you, Annie! You are the best 🙂

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    Reply Alexa February 14, 2019 at 10:44 am


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    Reply Veena Azmanov February 15, 2019 at 9:06 am

    This is surely an amazing recipe. Such lovely ingredients to making this unique Dessert/Snack etc. Looks super delicious and healthy too.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 15, 2019 at 10:30 am

      Thank you! In Italy, these cakes are what you find in people’s homes to have from breakfast to dessert.

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    Reply Janene February 16, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Looks wonderful! I’d like to try it, but want to double check the size of the cake pan you suggest using – 24 inches is enormous! I’m not sure that would even fit in a household oven. Did you mean 24 centimeters? Thank you! 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 16, 2019 at 1:50 am

      Thank you! Yes, it’s 24 cm 😊. Let me know how you like it.

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    Reply Michelle February 17, 2019 at 9:42 am

    I love how you two are in this together, and I love hearing how much you two care about each other, it really comes out in your food x Nicoletta, I can totally relate to how you feel, I too am guilty of being very hard on myself. I think it’s because we care so much. I hope you both had a lovely Valentine’s Day Xx Oh and that cake is stunning 😉

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 17, 2019 at 11:42 pm

      Thank you, Michelle. We take good care of each other, and yes, I am very hard on myself and a perfectionist. This cake is simple and yummy, a typical Italian cake where you pay attention to the ingredients.

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    Reply Tammy February 17, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Your cake looks lovely! I’ve only used spelt a few times but never in a dessert. Now that I know I can, I will have to make this 😀

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 17, 2019 at 11:43 pm

      Spelt flour is amazing in baked goods! Hope you try it. Thank you.

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    Reply Amy February 17, 2019 at 11:01 am

    I always have trouble convincing myself to take the time to bake a cake, rather than whipping up a quicker, no-bake dessert. I love that you’ve made the process quicker and easier here! This looks so yummy, and definitely something I’ll want to try! 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 17, 2019 at 11:46 pm

      I hardly make no-bake desserts 🙂 ! I love to bake, find it the best time spent in the kitchen. Thank you!

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    Reply Colleen February 17, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    What a sweet story and this cake is just adorable. The pan is so cute, and the cake looks amazing, so rich and moist. And the spelt flour would make it really light and soft. Making a cake from scratch is a gift from the heart, perfect for Valentine’s day!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 17, 2019 at 11:58 pm

      Thank you, Colleen! The pan is really cute plus no need to butter and flour it! Spelt flour is great in baked goods!

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    Reply Charity February 17, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Look at the dome on that cake! Amazing! I haven’t tried spelt flour, but the way you describe it sounds perfect for chocolate cake.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

      Then pan is a little too small for the cake, but it was too cute! 😉 . I am surprised to hear how many of you have not tried baking with spelt flour. It is the best substitute for the refined all-purpose flour.

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    Reply Daniela February 17, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    What a fun chocolate heart shaped cake! Thanks so much for sharing :). Perfect for Valentines Day!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 18, 2019 at 12:02 am

      Thank you! Chocolate and a heart shape, you can’t go wrong for Valentine’s day.

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    Reply Karyl Henry February 17, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    I love the cake mold, such a cute idea! I’ve never heard of using yogurt in a cake mix, but I like the idea. This looks like a perfect dessert to share with someone special

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 18, 2019 at 12:03 am

      Thank you, Karyl! In Italy, we use yogurt in cakes a lot. I find our cakes to be healthier and simpler than American counterparts. Try it, you would like it!

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    Reply Nicole February 17, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    I should’ve read this blost post earlier this week. I hae ll oaf he ingredients and it would’ve been perfect for Valentines Day.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 18, 2019 at 12:07 am

      You can make it on another occasion, in a round pan. It makes for a great, healthy, chocolate cake. Thank you!

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    Reply Julie February 17, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Wow – I had no idea that some people with gluten intolerance can safely eat spelt! I assumed spelt contained the gluten protein since it’s a form of wheat — I learn something new everyday.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 18, 2019 at 12:13 am

      Thank you, Julie. Yes, we have a few people with gluten intolerances that can eat spelt flour. Of course, if you’re celiac.

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    Reply Sam | Ahead of Thyme February 17, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Wow this chocolate cake looks amazing and so festive!! I have never baked with spelt flour, so good to know that it is gluten-free! Pinned to try soon!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta February 18, 2019 at 12:16 am

      Thank you, Sam! The shape makes it really festive 🙂 . Spelt is not gluten-free ma tolerated by the ones who have mild gluten intolerances.

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    Reply Natalie February 18, 2019 at 4:26 am

    What a beautiful looking cake. I absolutely love that you used spelt flour here. I use it all the time. It’s so nutritious and healthy. I’m saving this recipe for special occasion coming up in just few weeks – my brother’s birthday. He will be delighted with this cake.

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