/Setteveli, Seven Sinful Layers

Setteveli, Seven Sinful Layers


It is not a coincidence that the Setteveli cake has the same number of strata as there are deadly sins. This seven layer confection so perfectly inspires gluttony that had it been around in the thirteenth century, Dante surely would have made the third circle of hell wider to accommodate the corpulent sinners who ate it. The moment I saw the Setteveli in Pasticceria Massaro’s window in Palermo I was immediately overcome with the desire to roll around in its hazelnut bavarian cream, praline, and chocolate mousse for all eternity, my idea of paradise and the polar opposite of the punishment handed down to Il Sommo Poeta’s gluttonous sinners. While Massaro’s Setteveli was divine, Pasticceria Cappello’s is said to be even better. I will confirm or dispute this claim tomorrow in my tireless quest for the most heavenly dessert in Palermo.

2016-01-07T14:37:31+00:00 November 20th, 2009|Categories: Sicily, Sweets & Dessert|6 Comments


  1. Nonna November 20, 2009 at 5:16 am - Reply

    Wow-I need the recipe-I have to make this for Christmas

  2. Tom November 20, 2009 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    You had me at hazelnut Bavarian cream! Wow…I think I will have to track down a recipe as I don’t foresee a trip to Palermo any time soon.

  3. Katie November 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    I wasn’t able to coax the recipe out of anyone but if i dig it up i will pass it along for sure.

    after a trip to cappello i can report that massaro’s cake was better-fresher and with a more distinct crunch to its cereal praline layer.

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