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Walnut Torte - Best Ukrainian Recipe

Updated on May 29, 2011

A typical Ukrainian home dinner begins with Zakuska (appetizers) such as zesty Sauerkraut Salad, tantalizing Pickled Mushrooms, Stuffed Eggs and assorted cold meats and sausage. A tasty borsch (soup) will precede a main course of meat, chicken, or fish. Dessert might consist of the delicious Ukrainian Honey Cake, or the indescribable Walnut Torte with Mocha Cream Frosting.


500 mL (2 cups) ground walnuts
125 mL (1/2 cup) all purpose flour
5 mL (1 teaspoon) instant coffee
6 eggs, separated
250 mL (1 cup) sugar, divided
5 mL (1 teaspoon) grated lemon rind
5 mL (1 teaspoon) vanilla

- Grease only the bottoms of two 22.5 cm (9 inch) layer cake pans. Line the bottoms with wax paper and grease again.
- Mix nuts, flour and instant coffee together.
- In a deep bowl, beat egg whites until they form soft peaks. Gradually add 125 mL (1/2 cup) of sugar, beating until the egg whites are stiff but not dry.
- In a large bowl, beat egg yolks for 1 minute. Add the remaining 125 nL (1/2 cup) sugar gradually beating another 4 minutes until it is thick and light coloured.
- Beat in lemon rind and vanilla. Gently stir the nut mixture into the egg yolks.
- Stir one-quarter beaten egg white into the egg-nut mixture. Fold in remaining egg whites until just blended.
- Spoon into prepared pans. Bake in a 180 degree C (350 F) oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cenre comes out dry.
- Cool in pans for 20 minutes; remove from pans, peel off the paper and place upright on cake racks.
- Spread Mocha Cream Frosting between the layers, over the sides and top of torte. Layers can be halved to make a 4 layer torte.

Mocha Cream Filling:

4 egg yolks
625 mL (2 1/2 cups) icing sugar
200 mL (3/4 cup) butter
50 mL (1/4 cup) strong coffee
5 mL (1 teaspoon) vanilla

- In the top of a double boiler, blend egg yolks with 200 mL (3/4 cup) of icing sugar. Cook over simmering water, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat.
- Cream butter and add the remaining icing sugar, gradually beating until smooth and creamy.
- Blend in the cooled egg yolk-sugar mixture, coffee and vanilla. Beat until well combined.

Makes one 22.5 cm (9 inch) cake

O.K - you're saying to yourself that you can buy this cake in far less time than it takes to make it, but what's the fun of that and do you have anything better to do on a cold, snowy winters day?
If you still have hydro, turn on the oven and get baking. You'll make a lot of people happy with this recipe.


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    • Jamie Brock profile image

      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      This looks amazing! Maybe I should give it a try and give it to my father-in-laws wife who is from the Ukraine. I bet she may appreciate that unless she doesn't like sweets or something and if that's the case I'll have no problem eating it! Thanks for sharing :)

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      ianleverette47 6 years ago from Brinston, Ontario Canada

      Ok - so I just read your Hub and these are actual groups and songs. I used to have a few DJ's that were into Radio Head and that sort of music, but as for me -- I think the heaviest I got into was Joan Jett.

      Some pretty weird stuff man. If I had you as one of my DJ's, I'd keep you away from wedding and anniversaries, for sure. But you'd come in real handy for Rock em sock em Head Bangin' gigs.

      However, I always thought that folks like you were a little off, but you know, some of the smartest people I know today were just like you -- go figure!

      Rock on Dude!

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      ianleverette47 6 years ago from Brinston, Ontario Canada


      I just read your bio. I don't understand a damn thing you said in the first paragraph and I was a DJ for two decades. Been out of the business now for 15 years and I've never heard of any of these people or songs you mentioned in the Bio, so I figure I'm either a lot older than I thought I was or you're just plain weird.

      So I tell ya what I'm going to do. I'm gonna start following you to see if I can make sense of any of your hubs -- I think I'll start with this one:

      "Music at the Edge: In Raincoats, Pachelbel takes a Pil for his Bad Brains".

      You seem like one weird Dude --- I like that!

    • DaveysRecipeRead profile image

      DaveysRecipeRead 6 years ago

      Sounds extremely delicious. I don't know when I'll get time to test this one but I'm definitely going to try it.

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      ianleverette47 6 years ago from Brinston, Ontario Canada

      It is very much a treat. However, some don't like the walnuts. What's a guy to do?

      Thanks for the comment.

      Can you kiss the Blarney Stone for me Please?

      I read your bio. Will have to read your hubs. Wrote a little something about my old sheepdog under -- Death! Live On Old Friend.

    • chspublish profile image

      chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

      Looks delicious with all those walnuts and must be quite the treat.