Esterhasy Torte

Esterhazy Cake

It’s this blog’s second birthday today!

I made this cake two months ago, but decided not to post about it until today. Wanted to share something really exceptional with you today, and this cake is exactly that. It was made somewhere in 19th century to honor Pál Antal Esterházy, minister in Austro-Hungarian Empire. And although it became one of the most famous cakes in Europe, how and why exactly was made is hard to say. I even found that it was made for an Esterházy princess. Either way, if you come to Vienna or Budapest, don’t miss it, that’s where they make it the best. Until then, here is a brilliant recipe by Superkemija.

Esterhazy Cake

Esterhasy Torte


8 egg whites
200 g blanched almonds
170 g sugar

Toast almonds on a non-stick pan for about 5 minutes, until they begin to get golden. After they’re cooled, ground them. Cut 7 pieces of baking paper in a shape of a 30 cm side square. Draw a 26 cm diameter circle on each of them. Place all pieces of paper on a table. I know, you’ll need a very large table ;) Spread some butter over the circles (very important, if you don’t you wont be able to peel the paper of the biscuit). Preheat oven to 200°C.

Beat egg whites with sugar very stiff. It’s good when if you turn the mixing bowl upside down the egg whites still stay inside the bowl :) Carefully and slowly whisk in ground almonds. Spread the batter as even as you can over the circles (photo). Bake each layer for about 7 minutes – until it get a bit golden (photo).


8 egg yolks
1 bag (10 g) vanillin sugar
150 g powdered sugar
50 g flour
250 ml milk
250 g butter

Beat butter foamy with a mixer. Mix egg yolks with vanilla sugar and powdered sugar. Slowly stir in flour. Boil milk, remove from heat and stir in the yolks cream. Stir with a wooden spoon and return to low heat. Stir continuously. In a couple of minutes it will begin to curdle. Remove from heat and mix into a smooth cream with a mixer. To cool it, place pan with a cream over a larger bowl filled with ice cold water and continue to mix. Mix butter into a cooled cream.

Now, take one layer of biscuit and spread a thin layer of cream over. Continue to the last layer. Don’t spread cream over a whole last layer, only a little (photo). Finally, spread cream on the side of the cake. Plan in advance, there isn’t a lot of cream, make sure you have enough for everything.

White Mirror

1 egg white
200 g powdered sugar, sifted
1 Tbsp lemon juice

Start adding sugar to the egg white a little by little. Stir until you get thick mass, then add lemon juice, and now, depending on the size of egg white, add more sugar. This shouldn’t be neither too runny, nor too thick.

If you are uncomfortable with the raw egg white in the mirror, head over to Cafe Chocoláda for a hack with orange/lemon juice.

The Net

30 – 40 g dark chocolate

While you’re preparing the white mirror, melt the chocolate. Pour it into a freezer bag and cut a tiny hole on one edge. Everything should be done very fast – the net won’t look pretty if the mirror begins to dry before you draw on it.

Spread mirror on the top layer of the cake, immediately start drawing concentric circles with chocolate (photo) and then start drawing lines using a toothpick from the center of the circle to the edge, then in the other direction, until you get the net (photo). At the end, put some ground almonds (not blanched) on the side. Keep in the fridge overnight.

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  • Ljilja November 24, 2009 2:32 pm

    Prelepo si je napravila i meni je ta torta na listi. Par kvalitetnih sastojaka i fantastican rezultat. Srecna godisnjica :))

  • Ramya Kiran November 24, 2009 2:43 pm

    Thats a lovely cake. Congrats!

  • VeggieGirl November 24, 2009 3:20 pm

    Love the hypnotic design on top! :)

  • Through My Kitchen Window November 24, 2009 3:31 pm

    Happy second birthday! And congrats on your wonderful food and stories that have brought lots of enjoyment to bloggers around the world. Sretan Rojendan!

  • Rosa’s Yummy Yums November 24, 2009 3:33 pm

    Wow, it is beautiful! Just like at the baker's!Cheers,Rosa

  • Dragana November 24, 2009 3:56 pm

    Marija,Congratulations on your blog's second anniversary! It's a favorite of mine and I have really enjoyed reading your valuable information and beautiful pictures. Cestitam – Dragana.

  • mamajac November 24, 2009 4:42 pm

    Cestitam dwugi wodjendan ;)Torta izgleda presavrseno, peti put prebrojavam korice na slici ;):*

  • Tina November 24, 2009 6:29 pm

    Looks so beautiful and attractive….

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets November 24, 2009 6:33 pm

    Happy blogbirthday! This cake is stunning and certainly delicious. I wish I could reach through the monitor and grab a slice 8).

  • HoneyB November 24, 2009 6:58 pm

    Beautiful cake and HAPPY 2nd Birthday!

  • Sasha November 24, 2009 7:14 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful torte! Great job : )

  • Brie: Le Grand Fromage November 24, 2009 7:50 pm

    congrats on two years! beautiful cake!

  • Arabic Bites November 24, 2009 9:11 pm

    Happy Blog Anniversary Marija :D Keep delighting us with your tasty creations and amazing photography ;)

  • snjezana November 24, 2009 9:14 pm

    Marija, cestitke za drugi rodendan bloga.:) Tortu si zaista krasno napravila.:)

  • zurin November 24, 2009 9:35 pm

    You are a very talented baker Marija! Truly. it is a beautifully crafted cake and Im sure it is as delicious as it looks. I m so tempted to make it too :))tq for ahring and happy bolg birthday!!:))

  • cahide November 24, 2009 10:05 pm

    Recipes very good!(Turkish food)

  • Casa de vainilla November 24, 2009 10:59 pm

    Srecna godisnjica!!!Divna torta, a dekoracija od cokolade uradjena perfektno! Bravo!!!

  • Vera November 24, 2009 11:02 pm

    Sretna godišnjica bloga!Tortu si fenomenalno napravila!

  • lululu November 24, 2009 11:16 pm

    Happy birthday to your blog!Your cake is such a wonderful treat for this special occasion.Also it's such a delicate creation!Lots of work and patience, but i'm sure it's totally worth it!

  • Vali November 24, 2009 11:54 pm

    Sretan drugi rodjendan! Torta izgleda apsolutno savršeno! Svaka čast na pedantnosti!

  • Snježa November 25, 2009 12:15 am

    Fantastična torta! Iskrene čestitke za godišnjicu!

  • Sweet Corner November 25, 2009 2:04 am

    wow, nemam rijeci, kako profesionalno napravljeno (i ja prebrojavam korice, ali mi ne uspijeva:))), sretan rockas !!!!

  • Miriam November 25, 2009 2:24 am

    The combination of almond meringue and cream must be heavenly… congrats on your anniversary!

  • Isa Lourenço November 25, 2009 2:30 am

    Congratulations on your blog's second anniversary! It´s a beautiful cake for this day!!!

  • Ave November 25, 2009 4:15 am

    Happy birthday!

  • Andrea November 25, 2009 4:38 am

    WOW, kako je savršena i prelijepa! :)Čestitam blogorođendan i želim ti još puno, puno! :)

  • Gaga November 25, 2009 7:07 am

    Čestitam ti draga moja od srca godišnjicu bloga!!!!Torta je fenomenalna, prelepo si je napravila, krivo mi je samo što si mi daleko, pa ne mogu da makar okusim jedno parčence. :(

  • maslinka November 25, 2009 7:59 am

    Cestitam ti godisnjicu!Tortu si fenomenalno napravila… i ja sam je pravila ali nije ispala ni priblizno tako lepa… a ukus je zaista ekstra…

  • farida November 25, 2009 9:04 am

    Marija, happy blogaversary! Wishing your blog many more delicious years! Your cake looks stunning! I wonder if it was also made in Russia during the Soviet times. But the name doesn't sound familiar.

  • mignonne November 25, 2009 11:10 am

    Cestitke za ovaj lepi dogadjaj…tortica izgleda fenomenalno, glazura me je posebno odusevila!;)))ovo je prvi post koji ti ovde ostavljam, mada sam cest gost na tvom blogu…volim da provirim i uzivam u savrsenim fotkicama!:))) puno pozdrava!

  • Fátima November 25, 2009 11:20 am

    Congratulations Marija!I heart your blog!!! :)))

  • majloV November 25, 2009 1:44 pm

    Predivno :)Inace meni jedna od omiljenih torti!Poz.

  • Dimitrana S. November 25, 2009 2:13 pm

    It looks so tasty, Marija!Very nice cake and excellent photo!Pozdrav od srca :-)

  • Antonella November 26, 2009 9:59 am


  • Terezka November 26, 2009 11:48 am

    Congratulations on your birthday!I made this torte last year and have to say it is exceptional!Nice flowers too…Have a look at my result here

  • Shangri La Food November 26, 2009 1:07 pm

    Obožavam esterhasy tortu.. Ima dosta posla oko nje… Ali izgleda sjajno.Sretna obljetnica bloga i želim još puno puno

  • Tadeja November 27, 2009 5:04 am

    Čestitke na godišnjici bloga, pogotovo stoga što je vrlo produktivan i u ove dvije godine si postigla njime zavidan uspjeh!Nikad nisam jela ovu tortu, niti radila, ali priznajem da kad je ovako vidim, budi znatiželju….Fotke su prekrasne!

  • Erica November 28, 2009 6:17 pm

    That cake looks fantastic! Beautiful pictures and great recipes in this site :)

  • Minja December 1, 2009 3:14 pm

    Izvini što kasnim,ali srećan drugi rođendan vam želim od srca :)Ljubac !

  • emilia April 1, 2010 11:10 pm

    I whant to do this cake, but do not understand something, the crust recipe is for one bisckit or for all?and it is divided in to the 7.

  • Marija April 3, 2010 11:20 pm

    Emilia, the cruct recipe is for all. You prepare the batter, then divide it into 7 parts and bake 7 layers separately.

  • Liana10 May 1, 2010 3:54 pm

    How nice…I love it! and happy blogbirthday!

  • Ana Rita November 25, 2010 2:38 pm

    Dear Lord! you kill us with this photos…
    SO good looking this cake!
    I’m new at your blog but i am already a fan.


  • Melita April 9, 2011 10:37 am

    Made it!!! Love it!!! Thank you, it’s delicious!

  • monica May 5, 2011 12:33 am

    great pictures and Cake! I’ll try it for my dad’s birthday next Sunday.

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