Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Wednesday, 25th May 2011

It’s amazing how things happen in life.  And it’s even more amazing when something comes to you and you didn’t know you really wanted it until it arrives.  And it’s arrived – thank you Ulysses Press for this incredible opportunity!  Grace’s Sweet Life goes to print!  It’s been extremely difficult keeping the wonderful news quiet and I am so very happy the day has come that I can finally share the good news with all of you.

A cropped photo of an Italian Torta Caprese dusted with cocoa and displayed on a white cake stand.

My cookbook will feature Italian Desserts (My Mom is over the moon happy about this! And so am I!) I’m sending you, my readers, a great big thank you!  Thank you for taking the time to visit, for trying my recipes, for commenting and most of all for sharing.  I wouldn’t be in this wonderful place if not for your support.

A photo of a slice of Torte Caprese on a blue dessert dish.

I thought it fitting to share not only an Italian Cake, but also a Chocolate DessertTorta Caprese (Flourless Chocolate Torte with Almonds and Hazelnuts) with you today. It’s one of my favourites because it’s rich in chocolate flavour, moist and it’s packed full with almonds and hazelnuts.

A photo of Almonds and Hazelnuts displayed in a heap on a dark wooden board for use in Torta Caprese, Italian Chocolate Cake.

I started my blog a little over a year ago because my children, Liana and Matthew, pushed me to do something with my passion for food.  I think they realized how much I missed my career and more so I think they knew I needed to fill a much deeper need, a need to have a sense of purpose again and also the need to belong to a community.

A photo of Italian Cake, Torta Caprese displayed on a white cake stand with a slice removed and displayed on a blue dessert dish set in front.

The blog started as a hobby but I’ve learned so much along the way, SEO, marketing, social media…the list is endless.  I’ve made mistakes, at times I wish I could’ve crawled under a rock from embarrassment, but the food community and the social media communities have been very understanding and supportive. I’ve learned to pick myself up, move forward and learn from those mistakes and thankfully I’ve grown.

A photo of an Italian Dessert, a slice of Torta Caprese o a blue dessert dish, topped with a quenelle of Sweetened Whipped Cream.

And more importantly I have met so many wonderful, caring and helpful people. I’ve made so many new friends, friendships that I will cherish forever, in and out of the food community.  Who knew you could build such strong friendships with people you’ve never met face to face?  But it happens and it’s wonderful!

A photo of a Torta Caprese displayed on a white cake stand along side pale blue dessert dishes, dessert forks and a vintage cake lifter on a white cloth napkin.

I want to take this opportunity to thank three very important people, Marly (NamelyMarly), Jeanette (JeanettesHealthyLiving) and Debra (SmithBites). Their support, friendship and guidance have meant more than I can put into words.  It’s not often you meet people in life that truly accept you for who you are, help you to achieve your goals, support you when you’re down and are genuinely happy for you when good things come your way.  Ladies you are the best! – Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

A photo of a slice of Torta Caprese with a quenelle of Sweetened Whipped Cream and a dusting of cocoa placed on a blue dessert dish.

How do I thank the two most important people in my life, my children?  They have been remarkable, patient and supportive.  Liana, Matthew – with all of my heart, I love you both!

A photo of an Italian Flourless Chocolate Cake, Torta Caprese with a slice removed displayed on a white cake stand.

I’ve added a new section to the site, My Book where I will keep you updated on my book.  I am especially fortunate to be working with a wonderful publishing house.  For the last two years, Ulysses Press has been named one of Publisher’s Weekly’s ten “fastest-growing small publishers”.  It has been a great pleasure working with the acquisitions editor, Keith Riegert, and I am looking forward to working with the rest of the Ulysses’ family.

A photo of a Torta Caprese, Italian Flourless Chocolate Torte dusted with cocoa powder and displayed on a white cake stand.

I leave you with this quote by Eli Khamarov, “The best things in life are unexpected – because there were no expectations”.

A photo of two slices of Torte Caprese on blue dessert dishes with white cloth napkins.


A photo of Italian Cake, La Torta Caprese, dusted with cocoa and displayed on a cake stand.

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Comments (47)

47 Responses to “Torta Caprese-Flourless Chocolate Torte-Grace’s Sweet Life Goes To Print”

  1. jenna Says:

    yum. this looks like a wonderful cake recipe!
    congrats X 10000 on your cookbook! :) i can’t wait to see it.

  2. Lauren at Keep It Sweet Says:

    Congratulations, Grace! I am so happy for you. You have such a beautiful blog and constantly post gorgeous and delicious recipes, I just know your cookbook will not disappoint! And it is so appropriate that you broke the news with an amazing looking dessert:-)

  3. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen Says:

    I’m so excited for you and proud of you!! Hooray!! We rejoice with you!

  4. SMITH BITES Says:

    i am soooo proud of you Grace – am humbled and blessed to call you friend. CONGRATS!!!

  5. kitchenarian Says:

    Congratulations! What wonderful news. This cake looks like a great way to celebrate.

  6. Grace Says:

    Thank you!

  7. Giuliana Says:

    So proud of you Aunt Grace!!! Can’t wait to get a copy :)

  8. Three-Cookies Says:

    Congratulations, I am not surprised that Grace’s Sweet Life is going to print. Your recipes and photos are amazing.

  9. Tina@flourtrader Says:

    I am so glad for you and am looking forward to your book. You really are deserving of publication, so it was only a matter of time from the beginning!

  10. Cookin' Canuck Says:

    Congratulations, Grace! I am so pleased for you. If the book contains recipes like the ones on your blog, then I know it will be fantastic.

  11. Ethan Says:

    What great news! You are a great secret-keeper! Congrats:)

  12. Grace Says:

    Thanks Ethan – you have no idea how difficult it was keeping this secret, so so happy I was finally able to share.

  13. spiceblogger Says:

    WOW. Congrats! Can’t wait to see your book once it’s done.

  14. Marly Says:

    Congrats, Grace! I can’t wait to see the book…hopefully I can get an autographed copy!!

  15. Kathy - Panini Happy Says:

    Many congrats, Grace – that’s fantastic news!

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  17. Noodlehead Says:

    Congratulations Grace, and all the very best! I’m so happy for you :)

  18. Annie Says:

    A big congratulations to you! That is so exciting!The torta looks so decadent and rich. Your pictures are beautiful.

  19. Grace Says:

    Thank you to everyone, I’m still having a hard time believing I’ve been given this wonderful opportunity.

  20. jen Says:

    I have wanted to try and make this famous flourless cake for AGES. I’m gonna do it! And congratulations on the book!

  21. Jeanette Says:

    Grace, I am so happy for you. So well deserved! Can’t wait to see all the beautiful recipes in your cookbook!

  22. thatshowiroll Says:

    How exciting! Congratulations on the book with the wonderful desserts you make. I love this one being flourless and using hazelnuts and almonds.

  23. Feast on the Cheap Says:

    Congratulations! Snd the torte looks fabulous. Reminds me of my nana’s Chocolate Gateau.

  24. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective Says:

    Grace, that’s so awesome! I can’t wait to see it.

    …the torte look pretty awesome as well. :)

  25. Jillian_R Says:

    Congratualtions!! This is such good news for you!

  26. Carolyn Says:

    Oh Grace! I can’t think of anyone more deserving. So, so wonderful! I know we had meant to talk in person about a “project”, I wonder if this was it? So sorry we never managed to connect, life with 3 little ones keeps me so busy.
    Cake looks great, of course, but I am just so thrilled about your cookbook.

  27. Sara Says:

    Congratulations on the book! And congratulations on this cake. i really love torta caprese and yours turned out beautiful!

  28. Safia Says:

    Congratulations Grace! I love your recipes and your pics and I really admire your courage and strength!
    All the best!!!

  29. Grace Says:

    Thank you Safia, appreciate your support!

  30. Elyse @The Cultural Dish Says:

    Congrats on the book! That’s so exciting!! This cake looks amazing too… I love chocolate flourless cake – yum!

  31. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite Says:

    Well I’ll be. Just catching up on blogs from weeks ago and I come across this. Congrats :)

  32. MikeVFMK Says:

    Grace, this is incredible news! Very happy for you and you’re very deserving. I can’t wait to see what’s to come!

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  34. Ilke Says:

    So excited and happy for you!!! Congrats! So true , when you least expect, good things happen!

  35. Sandra Says:

    Congratulations! I am so excited for you and looking forward to the book. Will try to keep the drooling to a minimum so I don’t mess up the pages!

  36. Grace Says:

    Thank you so much Sandra, it’s definitely a very exciting time.

  37. Color Experts Says:

    Wow yummy cake so nice, congratulation

  38. Grace Says:

    Thank you so much – a very exciting & busy time.

  39. Lora @cakeduchess Says:

    Ciao bella Grace! This torta Caprese looks fantastic:) You are so talented my dear. I am so excited for you and can’t wait to see your book. Baci xx

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  41. Dani Says:

    Can you top the torta with ganache, or is that overkill? I’m trying to make a cake that’s chocolatey with raspberry filling, and I can’t decide whether to make a flourless torta or a regular dark chocolate cake.

  42. Grace Says:

    Dani I think it would be delicious with ganache. I would probably layer it a little thinner and I would probably not grind the nuts too fine, so you have the contrast of smooth ganache with just a bit of a crunch from the nuts. You have me drooling on this end, will have to try it next time.

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