Skip to main content

Orange Cream Torte Recipe: A Delicious Austrian Dessert

Ryan Thomas is a university student who enjoys cooking recipes from a wide variety of culinary traditions.

Austrian orange cream torte

Austrian orange cream torte

How to Make an Orange Cream Torte

Orange is a wonderful dessert element. Sweet sugar combines with elegance and sophistication. The Austrians take this belief to new extremes with this decadent orange torte. Austrian baking has always been known for its decadence, and this certainly lives up to its name. This recipe produces a multi-layered torte filled with a thick and rich orange cream, which is then glazed over and layered with orange slices. This does just enough to lend it a respectable air and to provide some amount of elegance to a dessert that is renowned otherwise for its huge quantities of butter, sugar, and eggs. Soft, deliciously sweet, with copious oranges and just a hint of lemon, all these pieces combine to produce a superb torte.

This recipe is adapted from one found in The Viennese Pastry Cookbook by Lilly Joss Reich.


  • 9 egg yolks
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 grated lemon rind
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup + 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup + 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice + several drops reserved
  • 1 1/4 bars sweet butter
  • 1 1/2 oranges, for grated rind
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 oranges


  1. Mix together the flour and the cornstarch. In a separate, larger, bowl, beat together 6 egg yolks and 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar until it is smooth and thick. Then add the 1/8 cup orange juice, mixing in slowly, and the 1 lemon rind, mixing until fluffy. Beat the 6 egg whites in a separate bowl until they are voluminous meringue which is well stiff, then fold it into the egg yolks and sugar mixture. Then add in the flour mixture, folding delicately.
  2. Pour into a well-buttered and floured springform pan, at least 9 inches across. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees F. The cake should be well browned at the end. Do not open the oven door for the first 15 minutes after it is done, and then after removing it from the oven, allow it to rest for 5 minutes before removing the outer ring of the springform pan.
  3. Allow the torte to rest, preferably until the following day. Then cut into two sections lengthwise.
  4. In a double boiler, combine together 2/3 cup of sugar, wine, 1/2 cup of orange juice, 1/8 cup of lemon juice, 3 egg yolks, and 1 tablespoon of corn starch. Stir together until smooth, then turn on medium heat and whisk until very thick. I found it difficult to achieve an appropriate thickness, so if necessary, add additional cornstarch. Remove from heat, add creamed butter in small pieces, and then fold in the 1/4 cup of firmly beaten whipped cream and the grated rinds from 1 1/2 oranges. Proceed to refrigerate until it is cold.
  5. Pour around 1/2 of the orange cream on top of the bottom slice of the orange cream. Return both to the refrigerator if you have more time until it serves, and/if just at serving time, add the chilled cream on top.
  6. Chop the 2 oranges into their orange wedges. Heat 1/3 cup water, 2/3 cup sugar, and a few drops of lemon juice in a small saucepan over heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Let it simmer, and stir occasionally. When it reaches 240–245 degrees F, or at the point where it trails a fine thread behind the spoon when raised from it, it is sufficiently heated.
  7. Dip the orange slices into the slightly cooled syrup, then let soak for 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spice, and let cool for a while; this is to prevent them from being too hot for the refrigerated cream of the torte, which will melt in response to the excessively hot orange slices. When cooled, place these slices decoratively on top of the torte.

© 2017 Ryan Thomas