AUTHENTIC ITALIAN CAKES
HANDCRAFTED AND
BAKED WITH CARE BY
FRANCESCA SPALLUTO.
 

Welcome to DOLCI DI FRANCI. 

Using a variety of rich nut flours, and fresh, healthy ingredients, DOLCI DI FRANCI brings you artisanal cake that redefines the joy of dessert.

Each delicious cake - and each recipe - reflects a specific place in the Italian culinary geography. Taste the history, culture and uniqueness of each region. Expect the unexpected, and you will quickly find yourself devoted to a new kind of cake that is, in fact, not new at all.

We invite you to take a tour of Italy by cake. Is there any better way? 

 

FRANCESCA
 

Francesca Spalluto is an accomplished baker and classically-trained chef, whose signature cakes are a fresh spin on old world European traditions. Having trained at the International Culinary Center in New York (formerly the French Culinary Institute), Francesca is committed to creating a unique and captivating dessert experience. 

Francesca’s natural talent for baking was evident even during her career in financial risk management. Having made some cakes for her daughter's 4th birthday party, Francesca found herself inundated with requests for more of her delicious cakes. Guests were intrigued by her artisan creations which were deep in flavor and not too sweet.

The idea for DOLCI DI FRANCI was born. 

Now, as the visionary baker behind DOLCI DI FRANCI, Francesca is able to bring her passion for baking and Italian traditions to the modern customer. Cake by handcrafted cake, Francesca has built a loyal following of 'Franci fans' and continues to develop recipes that surprise and delight the palate.

Francesca has lived in Italy, London and Monte Carlo, and now calls Brooklyn, New York her home. Her husband, son and daughter are all thrilled to participate in Francesca's frequent cake testing sessions.

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THE CAKES

Discover all four DOLCI DI FRANCI cake flavors and enjoy the trip.

LIMONCELLO CAKE | TORTA CAPRESE AL LIMONCELLO

DOLCI DI FRANCI's signature cake. The limoncello cake is vibrant with fine almonds and fragrant lemon.

Think of this Caprese Bianca as the bright and sunny counterpart to the dark and chocolaty Torta Caprese. It celebrates the rich lemon flavor Italians love so much. Each cake is infused with the famous Limoncello liqueur which uses the aromatic and juicy Sfusato Amalfitano lemons of the Amalfi Coast. Along with simple, fresh ingredients, it makes for a truly spectacular cake experience. 

Made from: organic eggs, almond flour, white chocolate, confectioner's sugar, extra virgin olive oil, cane sugar, potato starch, limoncello, candied lemon peel, vanilla paste, baking powder, pure lemon oil.


PISTACHIO CAKE | TORTA AL PISTACCHIO

Luscious with smooth, colorful pistachio nuts, this cake is inspired by Sicilian cake traditions.

In the past, pistachios played second fiddle to almonds in many Italian recipes. The pastry tradition of the island dictated that almonds be the key ingredient. In recent years, however, more and more products are celebrating the lively pistachio, and letting it shine front and center.

Made from: confectioner's sugar, organic eggs, butter, organic pistachio flour, rice flour, organic pistachio pieces, vanilla paste, orange juice, potato starch, tapioca starch, salt.


CHOCOLATE ALMOND CAKE | TORTA CAPRESE

Originates in the island of Capri and is rich with dark chocolate and finely ground almonds.

Legend has it that this cake may have been invented by pastry chef Carmine Fiore who was at the service of Al Capone. The chef was cooking a special dinner for Capone and his three gangster guests when he realized he forgot to add wheat flour to the cake. He anxiously awaited the final results. To his surprise - and relief - the dense cake was a huge success and from that day on he baked this delicacy regularly for many adoring fans

Made from: almond flour, butter, cane sugar, organic eggs, 72% dark chocolate, cocoa powder, confectioner's sugar, salt


HAZELNUT CAKE | TORTA LANGAROLA ALLA NOCCIOLA

A specialty cake from Langhe, Piedmont and is unique with aromatic, roasted hazelnuts.

This rustic, noble treat is a true star of Piedmont cuisine. To witness the intense love Italians have for this distinctive nut, visit Cortemilia in the Langhe region. Every August the small, picturesque town turns into a celebratory hub of ancient traditions and all things hazelnut.

Made from: hazelnut flour, cane sugar, organic egg whites, 63% dark chocolate, confectioner's sugar, salt.
 

WHERE TO BUY

 

BLUE APRON FOODS
814 UNION ST, BROOKLYN, NY 11215
718.230.3180

CAPUTO'S FINE FOODS
460 COURT ST, BROOKLYN, NY 11231
718.855.8852

DELLAPIETRAS BROOKLYN
193 ATLANTIC AVE, BROOKLYN, NY 11201
718.618.9575

DÉPANNEUR
242 WYTHE AVE, BROOKLYN, NY 11211
347.227.8424

 

FLEISHER'S CRAFT BUTCHERY
192 5TH AVE, BROOKLYN, NY 11217
718.398.6666

KOS KAFFE ROASTING HOUSE
251 5TH AVE, BROOKLYN, NY 11215
718.768.6868

UNION MARKET - PARK SLOPE
754 - 756 UNION ST, BROOKLYN, NY 11215
718.230.5152

UNION MARKET - PARK SLOPE SOUTH
402 - 404 7TH AVE, BROOKLYN, NY 11215
718.499.4026

 

UNION MARKET - COBBLE HILL
288 COURT ST, BROOKLYN, NY 11231
718.709.5100

UNION MARKET - LOWER EAST SIDE
240 E. HOUSTON ST, NEW YORK, NY 10002
212.667.2441

 

FAQ
 

YOUR CAKES ARE MADE FROM NUT FLOUR, DOES THAT MEAN THEY ARE GLUTEN-FREE?

My cakes do not contain wheat flour. However, these cakes are not made in a certified gluten-free environment. I do take the utmost care in cleaning our equipment and keeping ingredients separate from one another.

HOW CAN I PLACE AN ORDER?

If you are a retailer, please email me at franci@dolcidifranci.com or call me at 917.831.0329 to inquire about placing a wholesale order. If you are a retail customer, you can find a list of retailers on my website where my cakes are sold.

DO YOUR SHIP YOUR CAKES?

At the moment my cakes are not available to ship. You can buy them at the Brooklyn locations listed here www.dolcidifranci.com/wheretobuy

WHAT SIZE ARE THE CAKES?

All of our cakes are 6". For custom 8" cakes, or special orders, please contact me at franci@dolcidifranci.com 

HOW LONG DO YOUR CAKES KEEP AND DO YOU HAVE STORAGE RECOMMENDATION?

My cakes have an unrefrigerated shelf life of 5 days, if they are kept in a cool and dry place. Shelf life can be extended by 2 days if refrigerated and by 2 months (maximum) if frozen. If refrigerated or frozen, please allow the cakes to come to room temperature before enjoying them. 

ARE THESE ALL TRADITIONAL ITALIAN RECIPES?

Yes, they all are! As with all traditional recipes, there are many variations for each recipe. I try to keep the recipes as close to the original local tradition as possible. 

WHAT DOES DOLCI DI FRANCI MEAN AND HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE IT?

'Dolci' means 'desserts' in Italian and 'Franci' is short for 'Francesca'. Pronounced DOHL/tcheh dee FRAN/tcheh.

IS THE LIMONCELLO CAKE SAFE FOR CHILDREN?

Yes, the limoncello cake is safe for children. My children enjoy this cake often. The limoncello is added before baking begins. The alcohol in the limoncello evaporates in the baking process and only the limoncello aroma remains. 

 

 

CONTACT


To place a cake order, or if you have any questions, please email or call us.

info@dolcidifranci.com

917.831.0329

540 PRESIDENT STREET
3RD FLOOR
BROOKLYN NEW YORK 11215