Walnut Torte

This past week was my husband’s birthday. Neither of us make a big deal out of birthdays, but there will always be cake. Hubby has a sweet tooth. 🙂

I love this little Torte {Torte is German for cake & just sounds fancy & festive}. This one is quick to whip up; it is light but still satisfying for that ‘sweet tooth’.

For today’s Torte, I am using pecans instead of walnuts, because that is what I have on hand. Both work very well.

Walnut Torte 7
I can assure you it was ‘delicious’

Walnut Torte


  • 4 oz of shelled walnuts (or pecans)
  • 2 to 4 tbsp fine breadcrumbs
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature, separated
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tbsp grated bittersweet chocolate (optional)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp strong coffee, Cognac or other liqueur


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.
  2. Grind the nuts together with the breadcrumbs in a food processor.
  3. Put the egg whites in a large bowl for whisking.
  4. Whisk the egg yolks & sugar in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (don’t let the bowl tough the water), until they have tripled in volume and become thick, pale & ribbony.
  5. Take the yolk mixture off the heat. Scatter over the nut mixture, along with the chocolate if using; then drizzle over the butter & coffee.  Fold very gently to blend.
  6. Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks, stir a spoonful into the batter to loosen it, then gently fold in the remainder of the egg whites.
  7. Pour into a greased & parchment lined 8”/20 cm round cake tin.
  8. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean, approximately 35 to 40 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack before flipping the cake out onto a serving plate.
  10. Decorate with a sifting of icing sugar & a few nut halves. A few edible blossoms also look very nice. (for a decadent alternative, you could drizzle the top of the Torte with your favourite ganache … and don’t forget any kind of berry would dress this up and look so very pretty too!)

Serve with a little whipped cream and chocolate shavings or with some ice cream (coffee flavour is great with this little cake). A few berries wouldn’t be a bad additions here either!

As always, let me know if you tried this recipe and how it turned out for you…

Until next time, Connie 🙂


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