Vasa’s Torte

This traditional Serbian cake is flavored with walnuts, fresh oranges and a touch of dark chocolate, and fresh whipped cream.
Prep Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Serbia
Keyword: eggs, sugar, walnuts
Servings: 10


  • 5 eggs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 orange orange juice

For the filling

  • 250 g walnuts
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 50 g dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 orange juice

For the cream topping

  • 2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9" spring form pan with parchment paper and grease the sides.
  • Beat together the egg yolks and sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in ground walnuts and flour and combine.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they have stiff peaks. Carefully fold them into the egg and walnut mixture. Pour into a prepared cake tin and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, drizzle with juice from one orange and set aside to cool.
  • Add milk and 1 Tbsp sugar to a sauce pan and heat to a simmer. Stir in the dark chocolate to melt. Once it looks like chocolate milk, remove from the stove top. Stir in the zest and juice of one orange. Pour over ground walnuts and mix well.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolk and sugar. Stir into the chocolate mixture, and finally add in the softened butter and mix well. Spread the filling over the cake and chill in the fridge for about two hours.
  • Whip the cream and the sugar to a soft fluffy consistency - don't overwhip. Spread carefully over the chilled cake and decorate as desired.

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