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Carrarina rice cake: the soft dessert with aniseed liqueur!

carrarina rice cake

The Carrarina rice cake has a sweet softness capable of enveloping our senses with delicate flavors and intense aromas.

The Carrarina rice cake is exquisitely delicious. The paternity of this dessert is disputed between Carrara and Massa , but what counts in the end is its softness and creaminess. To make it you need many eggs, which cook slowly in the oven, balancing perfectly with the sweetness of the sugar and the lack of flavor of the rice.

If you want, you can replace the anise liqueur with rum, brandy, orange liqueur or anything else you like. Here's the recipe!

carrarina rice cake
carrarina rice cake

Preparation of the carrarina rice cake

  1. Place a pan with water on the heat and bring it to the boil. When it boils, throw in the rice and cook it very al dente for only half of its nominal cooking time. Carefully place the boiling pan under the tap and let cold water run slowly for a few seconds , stopping the cooking .
  2. Drain the rice and, to let it cool completely and quickly, spread it on a baking tray.
  3. In the meantime, prepare the cream . In a bowl, open the eggs and beat them lightly together with the 300 grams of sugar. You don't have to whip them, they just need to take on a uniform consistency.
  4. Put the milk in a pan with a couple of lemon peels, only the yellow part. Bring it to the boil and turn it off immediately . Let it cool and remove the peels.
  5. Add the small glass of liqueur to the eggs, then the warmed milk slowly, always whisking with a whisk otherwise the heat of the milk will cook the eggs . Continue until you add all the milk, whisking constantly and eventually obtaining a very smooth and velvety mixture.
  6. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Take a large baking tray, the cake must be quite shallow. For these doses, a round cake pan with a diameter of 28-30 centimeters is fine, but if you want you can also use a rectangular pan. Grease the pan with the knob of butter. Spread a light layer of sugar on the bottom of the cake which will caramelize in the oven.
  7. Pour the rice, distribute it evenly on the bottom and compact it with wet hands. Very carefully pour the cream over the rice. The cream must not mix with the rice, it must form a layer on top of it. Place in the oven and cook for 45 minutes. The surface of the cake must be well browned .
  8. Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool completely before removing it from the pan. Even better if, when cold, you keep it in the fridge with the whole pan for a couple of hours. Now you can cut it into slices and serve it.

If you liked this recipe, also try the fantastic red velvet cake!


This cake will keep for about 2-3 days in the refrigerator, inside a container with an airtight lid. We do not recommend freezing.

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