Hungarian Walnut Torte (Dios Torta)

Hungarian Walnut Torte (Dios Torta)

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 60 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 2 hrs
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
465 Calories
31g Fat
39g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 465
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 14g 72%
Cholesterol 195mg 65%
Sodium 313mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 9g
Calcium 156mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for Hungarian walnut torte or dios torta (DEE-oosh TOORR-taw) is from Dorothy Bardoczi. Some people toast their walnuts before they grind them, but this recipe doesn't call for it. Dorothy bakes this sponge cake in a tube pan, but we prefer to use three (8-inch) round cake pans.

Ingredients

  • For the Walnut Sponge:
  • 12 large eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup finely ground walnuts, plus more for garnish
  • 4 tablespoons cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • For the Chocolate Buttercream:
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 ounces German sweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • For Garnish
  • chocolate curls, walnuts

Steps to Make It

To Make the Sponge

  1. Gather the sponge cake ingredients.

    Hungarian Walnut Torte (Dios Torta), sponge ingredients

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  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Lightly coat a 10-cup tube pan or three (8-inch) round pans with cooking spray. If desired, line 8-inch pan bottoms with parchment paper circles and again lightly coat with cooking spray.

    3 tube pans greased with cooking spray and parchment circle on the bottom

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  3. Beat the egg yolks with sugar for 15 minutes with a hand mixer or in the bowl of as stand mixer until light in color.

    egg yolks and sugar beat together

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  4. Add nuts and mix thoroughly.

    nuts added to the egg and sugar mixture in the bowl

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  5. Sift together flour and baking powder, and mix into batter until thoroughly incorporated. Set aside.

    eggs, sugar, nuts, flour and baking powder mixed into a batter in a bowl

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  6. In a new bowl, beat egg whites with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer on high, until stiff peaks form.

    egg whites beat with a hand mixer in a bowl

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  7. Stir 1/3 of the egg whites into the yolk batter to lighten it.

    stir egg whites into the yolk batter

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  8. Then, gently fold in the remaining egg whites, trying not to deflate the volume. Fold in zest.

    fold in egg white and zest into yolk batter

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  9. Pour into prepared pan(s) and bake for 25 minutes or until edges are just beginning to brown. Don't overbake.

    walnut torte batter in round baking pans

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  10. Cool the cake in pan a few minutes and then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.

    walnut torte sponge in baking pans cooling on a wire rack

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To Make the Chocolate Buttercream

  1. Gather the buttercream ingredients.

    chocolate buttercream ingredients

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  2. In a double boiler over low heat, cook egg yolks, confectioners' sugar, and milk until thick, stirring throughout.

    egg yolks, confectioners' sugar, and milk mixture over a double boiler

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  3. The mixture is done when it coats a wooden spoon and leaves a trail when you run your finger through the mixture on the spoon. Remove from heat.

    test thickness of egg yolks, confectioners' sugar, and milk mixture on a wooden spoon

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  4. Mix the egg mixture with the cooled melted chocolate and vanilla. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

    egg mixture mixed with melted chocolate and vanilla

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  5. Mix the softened butter using an electric mixer, or in the bowl of a stand mixture, with the cooled egg and chocolate mixture, until light and fluffy.

    mix butter with the egg and chocolate mixture

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  6. Once the cake is cool, place some frosting on the top of one to create a sandwiched layer.

    frost walnut cake sponge with chocolate buttercream

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  7. Stack the cakes and frost completely. Garnish with chocolate curls or nuts, if desired.

    Hungarian Walnut Torte (Dios Torta)

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Tip

  • In making the frosting, make sure the melted chocolate is cooled to room temperature otherwise, the butter will melt and the frosting will be soupy and will need to be refrigerated before using.