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Not to be confused with tart or tort.
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A serving of Sachertorte at the Hotel Sacher, Vienna
Type Cake
Place of origin Spain[citation needed]
Main ingredients Cake base
Filling: buttercream, mousse, jam, or fruits
Cookbook: Torte  Media: Torte
Chocolate torte with decorated top

A torte /ˈtɔrt/ or /ˈtɔrtə/[1] (from Italian and Spanish torta) is a rich, usually multilayered, cake that is filled with whipped cream, buttercreams, mousses, jams, or fruits.[2]

Ordinarily, the cooled torte is glazed and garnished.

Tortes are commonly baked in a springform pan.A torte may be made with bizcochuelo base or with little to no flour, but instead with ground nuts or breadcrumbs, as well as sugar, eggs, and flavorings. It can be covered with meringue and almonds.


Food writer Julie R. Thomson has called the burnt almond torte from Prantl's Bakery in Pittsburgh the best cake in America.[3]
Whiskey torte

The most well-known of the typical tortes include the Austrian Sachertorte and Linzertorte, the German Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, and the many-layered Hungarian Dobos torte. But other well-known European confections are also tortes, such as the French Gâteau St. Honoré.

Mostly, in Poland, Ukraine, Russia cakes are called tortes without certain difference between cake and torte. Fo Polish, as an axample? English torte is translated into Polish as tort, but tort is a more often used word and can be also translated as for example layer cake or cream cake. Birthday cake is tort urodzinowy and wedding cake is tort weselny[4] (general word for cake is ciasto). Diminutive of tort, torcik is translated as tart or gateau.[5]


An element common to some tortes is sweet icing (exceptions are several French tortes, such as Gâteau Mercédès and Gâteau Alcazar.) When the cake is layered, a thick covering of icing is placed between the layers, and there is almost always icing on the tops and sides of the torte. An example is the whiskey cake. A number of European tortes do not have layers.

Well-known European tortes[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Torte". Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary Online. Retrieved June 23, 2007. 
  2. ^ "torte". Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ Thomson, Julie R. (2014-04-14). "Thank You, Pittsburgh, For The Greatest Cake America Has Ever Made". Huffington Post. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
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  6. ^ Spanish tortada (Spanish)

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