On Giada De Laurentiis’ TikTok, the chef explains that she is making her cake using Amaretti cookies that are “straight from Italy.” No doubt that running Giadzy, a website that De Laurentiis uses to share recipes and ship her favorite Italian products to home cooks across America, has perks. At the time of this writing, the Lazzaroni Amaretti cookies listed on Giadzy in their rad, retro tin, were completely sold out. It wouldn’t be surprising if the popularity of De Laurentiis’ TikTok recipe helped with that. As one viewer said, “Omg I want that tin.” Another inquired about where to buy the cookies.
In the video, the chef pulverizes the almond-based cookie and a bunch of slivered almonds, for good measure, into a crumbly base. Set to the music of Harry Styles’ “Music for a Sushi Restaurant,” the cake De Laurentiis bakes in the video is about as far from sushi as you can get: a rich, chocolatey concoction topped with cocoa powder and chocolate shavings, that looks like it could be sitting in any Roman bakery window. “Chocolate almond decadence!” De Laurentiis writes in the caption. While some viewers metaphorically (and maybe literally) drooled over the cake with words, another declared, “I’ve been making this recipe for 10+ years and it never fails!” (Details and ingredients can be found on Giadzy, less the sold-out Amaretti biscuits). Che buono.