A torte /ˈtɔːrt/[1] (from German Torte (German pronunciation: [ˈtɔrtə] (in turn from Latin via Italian torta) is a rich, usually multilayered, cake that is filled with whipped cream, buttercreams, mousses, jams, or fruits.[2]

A serving of Sachertorte at the Hotel Sacher, Vienna
Main ingredientsCake base
Filling: buttercream, mousse, jam, or fruits

Ordinarily, the cooled torte is glazed and garnished.

Tortes are commonly baked in a springform pan. Sponge cake is a common base, but a torte's cake layers may instead be made with little to no flour, using ingredients such as ground nuts or breadcrumbs.


The best-known of the typical tortes include the Austrian Sachertorte and Linzertorte, the German Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, and the many-layered Hungarian Dobos torte. But other well-known European confections are also tortes, such as the French Gâteau St. Honoré.

In Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Russia cakes are usually called tortes without differentiating between cake and torte. In Polish, as an example, the word torte is translated into Polish as tort, but tort can be also translated as layer cake or cream cake. Birthday cake is tort urodzinowy and wedding cake is tort weselny[4] (though the general word for cake is ciasto). The diminutive of tort, torcik is translated as tart or gateau.[5]


An element common to some tortes is sweet icing (exceptions are several French tortes, such as Gâteau Mercédès and Gâteau Alcazar.) When the cake is layered, a thick covering of icing is placed between the layers, and there is almost always icing on the tops and sides of the torte. An example is the whiskey cake. A number of European tortes do not have layers. Some, for instance German-style "Käsesahnetorte", are unbaked.

Well-known European tortes

See also


  1. "Torte". Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary Online. Retrieved June 23, 2007.
  2. "torte". Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  3. Thomson, Julie R. (2014-04-14). "Thank You, Pittsburgh, For The Greatest Cake America Has Ever Made". Huffington Post. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  4. "tort - tłumaczenie słowa – słownik". Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  5. "torcik - tłumaczenie słowa – słownik". Retrieved 2016-01-24.
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