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Pecan Torte Recipe

Pecan Torte Recipe

This is an old family recipe that uses our Texas pecans. I've made it often for birthdays and family gatherings. My brother-in-law said it was the only cake he's ever eaten in which the cake tastes as good as the frosting!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:12-16 servings


  • 12 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups ground pecans
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Whole pecans, optional


  • 1. In a bowl, beat egg yolks and sugar until thick and lemon-colored, about 5-6 minutes. Combine pecans and bread crumbs; stir into yolk mixture with vanilla. In another bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter. Divide evenly among three greased and waxed paper-lined 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until cakes test done. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan; cool completely on a wire rack. For frosting, combine milk and cornstarch in a saucepan until well blended. Add chocolate chips. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened. Cool to room temperature. In a bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar. Add vanilla and beat until smooth. Stir in chocolate mixture; beat until fluffy. Spread between cooled cake layers. Frost top and sides. Garnish with pecans if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: This is a rich flourless torte.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 525 calories, 30g fat (13g saturated fat), 192mg cholesterol, 203mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (52g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.

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KitchenQueen60 User ID: 3758584 14420
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2012

"I made this last week and while the flavor was good I would not make it again. The cake layers were a little tricky to remove from the pans and were very delicate and tender-too fluffy to support the weight of the frosting. It ended up looking a lot different than the picture."

brsugarbear User ID: 5417976 13895
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"I Baked the cake 15 minutes longer than called for and it never really got done, but burnt around the edges. Frosting was runny."

rosewatts User ID: 2932796 38290
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"I have never seen a cake recipe that used bread crumbs but no flour. It sounds more like a bread putting recipe. I can't wate to try it."

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