Raffaello Cake

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One of my favorite cakes ever!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
10 servings



  • cup sweetened flaked coconut

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 4 eggs, separated

  • 5 drops vanilla extract

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder


  • ¼ cup apricot jam, or as desired

  • 1 (16 ounce) can apricot halves, drained

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, or more to taste

  • 20 almond coconut candies (such as Raffaello)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch round cake pan.

  2. Cook and stir flaked coconut in a skillet over medium-low heat until golden and toasted, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

  3. Mix butter, sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla extract together in a bowl until smooth; add flour, baking powder, and toasted coconut and mix well.

  4. Beat egg whites in a separate bowl until foamy; continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Lift your beater or whisk straight up: the egg whites will form sharp peaks. Carefully mix egg whites into flour mixture; pour into the prepared cake pan.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake is clean, about 30 minutes. Remove cake from pan and completely on a wire rack.

  6. Place apricot jam in a small microwave-safe bowl and heat until easily spreadable, 15 to 20 seconds. Spread jam onto the cooled cake and top with apricot halves.

  7. Beat cream in a chilled glass or metal bowl with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.

  8. Crush 15 almond coconut candies in a bowl using a fork; fold into the whipped cream. Spread whipped cream mixture onto cake. Cut remaining 5 candies in half and arrange on the cake.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

551 Calories
40g Fat
43g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 551
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g 51%
Saturated Fat 25g 124%
Cholesterol 167mg 56%
Sodium 294mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 135mg 10%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 179mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.