Himmel Futter Torte Recipe
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Himmel Futter Torte Recipe

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This recipe was a favorite of my grandma's. As kids, we called it "Dark Secret" because Grandma would vary the fruit with the season and we never knew what she hid under the cream.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons shortening, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups chopped dates
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
  • 2 bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 342 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 233mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (51g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until light. Add shortening and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, dates and nuts; add to bowl and mix well. Spread in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool on a wire rack. Break torte into small pieces and arrange on a serving plate. Just before serving, place fruit on top and cover with whipped cream. Fruit can be varied by season. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Himmel Futter Torte in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p10

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jdh0731 User ID: 3723039 44980
Reviewed May. 6, 2014

"This is an awesome-funny sounding title for a dessert. "Himmel Futter Torte". No one believed me that this was the true name for this until they googled it. I was crunched on time, so I used cut up pound cake and it was a hit."

alnkathy User ID: 1509197 15195
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2012

"At family reunions this the first dessert to go!"

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