from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rich cake made with many eggs and little flour and usually containing chopped nuts.

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  • n. A rich, dense cake, typically made with many eggs and relatively little flour (as opposed to a sponge cake or gâteau).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. rich cake usually covered with cream and fruit or nuts; originated in Austria


German, perhaps from Italian torta, cake, tart, from Late Latin torta, a kind of bread.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Torte (Wiktionary)


  • This torte is a combination of chocolate, ground almonds/amarettis, eggs, sugar and butter.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • The term torte is used primarily to define round cakes, with a large amount of ground nuts to replace the flour.

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • While browsing through your archives I came across this interesting question and in case you haven't found a definite answer yet: In German-speaking countries, a torte is a multi-layered cake with some sort of creamy filling.

    Aunt Daisy's Fresh Fruit Torte

  • Hmmm, well I think that 'torte' is used in the title because the cake is one layer and it does not rise as much as a plain cake.

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • Well, they sorta do, but "torte" is only a weak approximation.

    Plum Sour Cream Kuchen

  • A torte is a type of rich cake that is made with little or no flour, instead replacing it with ground nuts or something similar.

    Lemon Torte | Baking Bites

  • This torte is not the flourless variety, but it does use ground almonds (or almond meal) in with the flour.

    Lemon Torte | Baking Bites

  • This torte is easily made in less than 30 minutes (not including baking time) and if there are no pears around, apples work just as well.

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • This torte is deliciously sweet, chewy, peary and lovely with tea.

    Aunt Daisy's Fresh Fruit Torte

  • July 27, 2006 at 11: 14 PM geez lindy. save some for the rest of us. i've * almost* gone into that store many times. but without an explicit reason or item to buy i was always afraid i'd wind up with something i didn't REALLY need, want or know how to use. armed with your clear and clever suggestions i can now enter fearlessly. if i pick up a little something else in addition no harm done. unless i find a big gaping empty hole on the shelf. and i'll skip the peach pie, to save room for the promised alsatian cuisine. in other news, i'm thinking i might make an adaptation that zuke torte from the kretschmann's newsletter since (a) i like tortes (b) i have about a million zukes and (c) i could put a fun herb in the crust.

    Ajvar Shrimp Salad


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