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Almond Brittle Torte

 Almond Brittle Torte
"I brought this impressive cake to my bridge club potluck - and now they want in every time we meet," says Marrian Storm from Athol, Idaho. "Homemade brittle makes it extra special."
12-16 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • CAKE:
  • 8 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped


  • Line a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with foil; butter the foil and set
  • aside. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, water, corn syrup and
  • coffee granules. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring
  • constantly, until a candy thermometer reads 290°. Sprinkle with
  • baking soda, stirring constantly (mixture will foam). Stir in the
  • almonds. Pour into prepared pan. Cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, combine the egg yolks, water, lemon juice and

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Almond Brittle Torte (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • vanilla; mix well. Combine flour and 3/4 cup sugar; add to egg yolk
  • mixture and mix well. In a large bowl, beat egg whites, cream of
  • tartar and salt until soft peaks form. Beat in remaining sugar, 1
  • tablespoon at a time. Fold into the batter. Pour into an ungreased
  • 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until cake
  • springs back when lightly touched. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Remove cake from pan. Split horizontally into four layers. Place
  • bottom layer on a serving plate; spread with about 3/4 cup whipped
  • cream. Break almond brittle into small pieces; sprinkle some over
  • cream. Repeat layers twice. Spread remaining whipped cream over top
  • and sides of cake; sprinkle with remaining brittle. Refrigerate
  • until serving. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Editor's Note: Almond brittle will melt on the whipped cream and form a syrup.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 478 calories, 25 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 178 mg cholesterol, 448 mg sodium, 59 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein.