Skip to Content

Sand Torte

This post may contain affiliate links. Please view my disclosure page for more information.

Share with your friends!

This cake has a very fine, sand-like crumb.  I think you may find the list of ingredients surprising too.  It is a classic cake refreshed!
slice of sand torte served with strawberries, blueberries and cream cheese whipped cream

     The texture of this cake is very fine which is what earned it the name of sand torte.  There is quite a bit of cornstarch in the batter which helps give it the namesake mouthfeel.  It sounds kind of odd if you haven’t tried it, but it is super delicious. I like it served with berries and whipped cream, but it is a good neutral base for any kind of toppings.

    It’s Cake Slice Day again!  As you know by now, we are baking our way thought Maida Heatter’s Cakes and I have been having the best time doing it.  So far they have almost all been winners.

   There has only one mediocre bake that was mostly due to my own inattention to details and not necessarily the recipe.  Though I definitely learned my lesson to start checking things early and not take baking times for granted!

    It is always really hard for me to choose what to bake each month.  I am glad I am only given four choices each time, or I would never be able to narrow it down.

    Even with just the four options, I still hem and haw.  I pick and change my mind.  It is terrible because they all sound so good.

platter with star shaped sand torte sprinkled with powdered sugar and surrounded with berries

    I chose this recipe for a few reasons.  First, I have a small cache of bundt pans in the basement that don’t get used often enough and this seemed like a great chance to use the star.  It worked perfectly for this recipe and was fun to serve with blueberries and strawberries for a patriotic dessert!

    I was also really intrigued by the description in the book.  Maida says ” The texture is a little sandy, but deliciously so.”

    Sandy is not a term I usually hear with a positive association when it comes to cake, so I had to try that.  Also the ingredient list piqued my interest.

    There is a 1:1 ratio of flour to cornstarch.  I’ve never baked a cake like that before!!

two dessert plates with cake, berries and whipped cream with remaining star shaped cake in background

    The cake did turn out lovely.  It did have a dryer texture than most of the cakes I bake, but really not in a bad way.

    Maida suggested cutting it in thin slices and serving multiple thinly cut pieces per serving.  We had just stuffed ourselves on a big family BBQ, so I just served one thin slice with some cream cheese whipped cream and berries.

    I did cut a bigger slice the next day, and I agree that thin slices are the way to go.  Both were good, but the texture was better in thinner slices.

    This book has no pictures, so you have to visualize what each cake will look like.  I really didn’t like that aspect of this book when I first got it, but now I love it!

   It gives me a chance to do it my way rather than be swayed by the pictures in the book.  I don’t fancy myself a very creative person, so normally I would just aspire to duplicate the picture (and probably find myself disappointed when it doesn’t match exactly.)

    So I like that I can be proud of what mine looks like and give myself room for a little creative license.  I also love looking forward to seeing the other cakes when the other bakers choose a different recipe.

    It is like a first peek at something I have only read about.  But the best part is seeing the differences when multiple people bake the same recipe.  It is so fun to see the reveals!

close up of slice of cake with berries and swirl of cream cheese whipped cream

dessert
American
Yield: 16 servings
Author:
Sand Torte

Sand Torte

This cake has a very fine, sand-like crumb. I think you may find the list of ingredients surprising too. It is a classic cake refreshed!
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 46 Mtotal time: 61 M

ingredients:

  • zest of 1 lemon, finely grated
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

instructions:

How to cook Sand Torte

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Prepare your 10 cup bundt pan (I use the spray with flour in it, but you can butter and flour your pan if you prefer.)
  2. Mix together the lemon rind and the lemon juice and set aside. 
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and cornstarch until mixed and lump free.
  4. In your mixer, beat butter until soft and creamy. Add 3/4 cup of sugar and cream for a couple of minutes.
  5. Add the egg yolks and beat on high speed for at least 5 minutes.
  6. Turn the mixer to low and add half of the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Then add the lemon juice and zest again mixing until incorporated, but no longer. Stir the last big of flour and cornstarch in by hand, mixing until smooth.
  7. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites and salt until they hold a soft shape. Slowing add in remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and beat until they form soft peaks.
  8. Add about 1/4 of the egg white mixture to the batter and fold it in to lighten the batter. Keep adding the egg whites, about 1/4 at a time, folding until just mixed until the egg white mixture is all folded in. Be sure to mix as little as possible along the way so as to not deflate the whites completely. 
  9. Scoop into the prepared pan and smooth out the top.
  10. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the cake springs back then you press it with a finger. 
  11. Remove the pan from the oven, but do not unmold the cake until it is completely cooled. Then turn it onto a plate and refrigerate until it is firm enough to handle. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. 
  12. It is displayed beautifully with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and cut into thin slices.
  13. Maida suggest serving 2-3 thin slices per portion. Great served with: powdered sugar, berries and cream cheese whipped cream
Calories
237.94
Fat (grams)
13.39
Sat. Fat (grams)
7.76
Carbs (grams)
26.64
Fiber (grams)
0.44
Net carbs
26.20
Sugar (grams)
12.73
Protein (grams)
3.37
Sodium (milligrams)
116.12
Cholesterol (grams)
100.25
Did you make this recipe?
Tag @carleecooks on instagram and hashtag it #cookingwithcarlee
Created using The Recipes Generator

Now let’s see what the other bakers baked!


Share with your friends!

← Previous
Homemade Banana Pudding
Next →
Red White and Blue Sangria

Unknown

Tuesday 10th of December 2019

Thanks so much for this recipe! I used to make this cake as a child, but could never find the exact recipe that included cornstarch - until I found yours! When I saw the "6 eggs separated" I knew this was the recipe that eluded me for so many years. The cake was a regular in our household. Growing up in Australia with German parents, the European influence was always in the baked treats, and Sandtorte was definitely a favorite! The cornstarch definitely elevates this cake to another level. You have made my day Carlee! - Regards - Nina.

Carlee

Wednesday 18th of December 2019

YAY!! I hope you enjoy it!

Amy

Thursday 17th of May 2018

This is so pretty. I love this for summer.

Carlee

Sunday 20th of May 2018

Thank you!

A Kansas Farm Mom

Monday 3rd of July 2017

First of all, I am in love with that cake pan shape! Secondly, I need to make this cake. Any cake that I can't slice and carry around is probably a good thing for my diet. :) Thanks for sharing on the #Celebrate365 Patriotic Party.

Carlee

Tuesday 4th of July 2017

Isn't that pan the best? Thanks so much, Nicole!

Miz Helen

Friday 30th of June 2017

What a fun Sand Torte, a great dessert. Hope you have a great 4th of July weekend and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday! Miz Helen

Carlee

Tuesday 4th of July 2017

Thanks, Miz Helen! Have a happy 4th of July!

Val

Thursday 7th of July 2016

This cake looks beautiful! It makes me think of eating at a tea room. Thanks, as always, for linking up to the Country Fair Blog Party!

Carlee

Thursday 7th of July 2016

Thank you! I was really pleased with how it came out. Thanks for hosting!