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Hungarian Walnut Torte


  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts
  • 1-1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) cook-and-serve chocolate pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • White and dark chocolate curls, optional


  • 1. Let eggs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks and sugar for 10 minutes or until light lemon-colored. Beat in vanilla. Combine cake flour and baking powder; add to egg mixture alternately with water, beating well. Fold in walnuts.
  • 2. In another bowl and with clean beaters, beat the egg whites on high until stiff peaks form. Fold a fourth of the egg whites into batter; fold in remaining whites.
  • 3. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. In a small saucepan, whisk the milk and pudding mix. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Pour into a bowl; press a piece of waxed paper or plastic wrap over pudding. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • 5. In a bowl, cream the butter, shortening and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and cooled pudding. Split each cake into two layers. Place one bottom layer on a serving plate; spread with about 3/4 cup filling. Repeat layers. Garnish with chocolate curls if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 390 calories, 21g fat (8g saturated fat), 130mg cholesterol, 190mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


Average Rating: 4.666666
  • Dan68
    Dec 29, 2015

    Baking powder should be 3 tsp.

  • JosieInParadise
    Nov 8, 2015

    I made this cake for the first time and the baked item was a birthday party hit with my Hungarian family. This recipe leaves out the coffee and adds a chocolate pudding mix to the frosting -- both aspects the children loved! Especially with the added dark chocolate shavings on top versus walnuts which children do not particularly like. The tasters were blown away. However to produce a 4-tier cake bakers will need to DOUBLE the recipe and make 4, 8-inch round cakes layered with frosting. Double up on EVERYTHING.

  • martsi22
    Mar 23, 2010

    My husband is Hungarian and this is very close to the cake his mother makes, I have made this a few times and everyone loves it.

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