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Best Hispanic Dessert Recipes: Torta de Almendra Or Spanish Orange Almond Cake

Updated on March 9, 2011

Orange-Almond Cake (Torta de Almendra)

What is Torta de Almendra? It is an orange-almond cake that originated in Spain but is a Mexican favorite as well.

I found this recipe 30+ years ago in my Betty Crocker International Cookbook. I have used this countless times for a quick and easy New Year's dessert or if I was looking for something authentic to cap off a Spanish or Mexican meal. It is not as sweet as many cakes and it holds up well for buffets so it quickly became a favorite among my family and friends.

I also love the combination of orange and almonds. A little extra flavor is added by using Grand Marnier or orange-flavored liqueur.

Torta de Almendra Recipe


  • 1-1/4 cups flour or 1-1/2 cups cake flour (I prefer cake flour)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup shortening (may substitute margarine or butter)
  • 1 egg or 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel (fresh or dried)
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur (such as Grand Marnier)


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour round layer cake pan or square pan 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 (or lightly spray with vegetable spray)
  3. Combine all ingredients except almonds, 1 tablespoon sugar and the liqueur in a large bowl.
  4. Beat on low speed, scraping bowl constantly for 30 seconds.
  5. Beat on high speed scraping bowl occasionally for 3 minutes.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with almonds.
  7. Bake in oven until wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean (round pan for 40 minutes, square pan for 40-45 minutes)
  8. Sprinkle with the 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  9. Drizzle with liqueur.
  10. Cool 10-15 minutes.
  11. Remove from pan.
  12. Cool completely.

For a different twist, you can substitute almond-flavored liqueurs or other liqueurs to taste. Some varieties of this recipe have more of an icing on top of the cake as well but I like the cake baked as above.

Another Orange Almond Cake Recipe

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      The Blagsmith 6 years ago from Britain

      Hi Akirchner,

      I have included your hub as a link in my Tarifa article on my website:

      Thanks and I hope it does justice to your efforts.

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      MonzieInTheKitchen 6 years ago

      This Betty Crocker recipe for Torta De Almendra is a tried and true and loved recipe! I thought I would never find this recipe as the well used book was lost over 25 years ago and what a treasure to find it today! Thank you so much for posting! P.S. if you do not like using Grand Marnier liquor, you may substitute orange juice concentrate, diluted with a little water to drizzle over the top, and it tastes just as wonderful. An easy and elegant dessert. =)

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      Audrey Kirchner 8 years ago from Washington

      Super - love being helpful and will have to try the Galliano - thanks so much for stopping by! Audrey

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      Bob Wilkus 8 years ago

      Many thanks for posting this. We've been making it for years out of the BC International Cookbook, but lost the cookbook during a recent move. You saved us today. On the way to the kitchen right now. BTW, we've always used Galliano.

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      Audrey Kirchner 8 years ago from Washington's not too hard to make either which is GREAT~!

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Sounds great! I'll bookmark it and try it - thanks!