Genoa cake

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Genoa cake
Genoa cake (Supermarket own-brand with few cherries)
Place of origin Italy
Region or state Genoa
Type Fruit cake
Main ingredient(s) Sultanas/raisins, Currants, Glacé cherries, Flour, Eggs, Butter, Sugar
Approximate calories
per serving

Genoa cake (also simply Genoa[1]) is a fruit cake consisting of sultanas, currants or raisins, glacé cherries, almonds, and candied orange peel or essence, cooked in a batter of flour, eggs, butter and sugar.[2] [3]

Although the name genoa cake is mainly used in the UK, it is a variant of the Pandolce cake which originated in 16th century Genoa as a Christmas cake. Unlike genoa, traditional Pandolce includes pine nuts as a major ingredient and uses yeast as its raising agent, which requires several hours to rise, like bread.[4] This original form is now known as Pandolce Alto, whilst a simpler variant which uses baking powder is known as Pandolce basso and is essentially the same as the genoa cake sold in the UK, with a moist but crumbly texture.[5][6]

The term Genoa cake is also sometimes used to refer to Génoise cake which is a light sponge cake without fruit.[7]

See also