Karydopita mamas (mommy’s drunken chocolaty walnut cake with syrup)

 When you immigrate to a country with different cuisine and traditions,all you want  to do is to keep your traditions and culinary delights “alive”..!But,all that matters is that most of us are food lovers and to be more precise, dessert lovers!So,the cuisine in this case doesn’t really matter!!

     I remember,when I was kid,my parents and my little brother back then,used to gather in the kitchen and make our meetings,try to decide what dessert we’re going to make.Unfortunately,the dessert never last more than 24 hours!Either we would vanish it right away,or we would make unexpected “visits” during the night..! You see,all of us love sweet delights 🙂 Our mom always used to make our birthday cakes with  fruits on the top and fruity creams and almonds..Great memories! Her and my father  were the first “pastry chefs” that show me the little “secrets” that can make a dessert  delightful! 

   So,in Greece we have a desserts called Karydopita, which is actually walnut cake with syrup. My mother made a little twist and she added chocolate..! ImageThe results are amazing! Everybody loves chocolate! I have to warn you that there are a lot of calories here,but it’s worth!This is a very sweet dessert,but you can put less sugar if you want. Let’s start!!


For the cake

  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup GF bread crumbs. You can find it in the super markets and especially in Sprouts and Whole Foods
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar.
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda(dissolved into a 1/2 cup rum)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 3.5 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup  unsweetened butter

For the syrup:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 3 tbsp of rum

Preheat the oven at 350 F.

For a start,you make the syrup. Take a saucepan and add the ingredients for the syrup. Let it boil  for minutes,but start timing from the time that starts boiling. Turn off  the heat and let it aside to cool down.


To make the cake:

Step 1: Melt the butter with the unsweetened chocolate in a  saucepan or a bain-marie, stir and when it’s melt let it cool.

Step 2: Put the eggs in a bowl and beat them really good.

Step 3: Add the sugar,continue the beating till the mixture is fluffy.

Step 4: Add the bread crumbs and continue beating.

Step 5: Add the lemon zest,the cinnamon,baking powder and walnuts.

Step 6: Add the melted chocolate,too and mix well!

Step 7: Pour the mixture into a greased pan and let it bake for about 30-40  minutes.

Step 8: When it’s done let it cool and pour the warm syrup on the cake until the cake absorb the syrup.It will absorb it like a sponge!

Our cake it’s done! If you want to complete the sin,serve it with ice cream(My favorite is coffee ice cream!)


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