Sweetheart Walnut Torte Recipe
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Sweetheart Walnut Torte Recipe

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I always donate one of these lightly sweet, heart-shaped tortes for our church bake sale. The congregation never gets to see it, however--the ladies in charge quickly put it aside for one of them to buy!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • Walnut halves
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 294 calories, 18g fat (8g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 260mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. Grease two 9-in. heart-shaped pans. Line with waxed paper and grease the paper; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolks, milk and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Pour into prepared pans.
  3. In a bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar; beat until stiff and glossy. Fold in chopped nuts. Spread evenly over batter, sealing edges to sides of pan. Arrange walnut halves over meringue in one pan.
  4. Bake at 300° for 55 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks. Invert so meringue side is up; cool completely.
  5. In a large bowl, beat milk and pudding mix until thickened. Fold in whipped cream. Place plain cake, meringue side up, on serving plate. Spread with half of the filling; top with remaining cake. Frost sides with remaining filling. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Sweetheart Walnut Torte in Taste of Home February/March 2000, p25

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chickmu User ID: 1437255 76310
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"I too made this when it first appeared in TOH many years ago. It was good but I also thought it would be better with vanilla pudding. I think I will make it again with the vanilla pudding."

chickmu User ID: 1437255 31658
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2008

"I made this when it first appeared in TOH. It was good and my family enjoyed it but I thought it might be better with vanilla pudding rather than chocolate."

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