Walnut Torte

Walnut Torte

Garnish this with toasted walnuts and your favorite store-­bought caramel sauce. Chef Pawlcyn also shares some tips on how to dress up the torte for special occasions!


  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup walnuts, finely ground
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 5 1/2 ounces melted butter
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Butter a 9-inch springform cake pan and line the bottom with parchment or wax paper, or use a pre-baked 9-inch pie crust.
  3. Beat the egg yolks with 1/2 cup sugar until well mixed. Whisk together the ground walnuts with 1/2 cup sugar and baking powder until blended. Add the walnut mixture and the flour to the yolks until combined.
  4. Add the vanilla extract to the melted butter, then add to the flour mixture.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Carefully fold the beaten whites into the flour mixture.
  6. Bake at 300°F for 30 to 40 minutes until the top springs back. After 5 minutes of cooling, remove pan and continue to cool on a rack. Once completely cooled, dust the top thoroughly with powdered sugar.
  7. Entertaining suggestion: To serve, drizzle a little of the warmed Nocino Caramel Sauce, or store bought caramel sauce, on each of six plates in a fanciful design pattern. Place a slice of the Walnut Torte on top of the caramel sauce. Sprinkle the torte with a few of Cindy Pawlcyn’s Candied Walnuts (or raw walnuts, if you prefer) and finish with a dollop of Whipped Cream just to the side of the torte and serve.

*Original recipe designed to serve 6, to reduce calories, reduce serving size.

Please note, nutritional information below reflects one serving of the Walnut Torte. The recipes listed in the “entertaining suggestion” each link to their own nutritional analysis.