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Spanish Tarta de Santiago (Almond Cake) Recipe

Spanish Tarta de Santiago (Almond Cake) Recipe

Tarta de Santiago is a Spanish almond cake or pie, prepared using ground almonds, eggs and sugar. The cake is further flavored by lemon zest, sweet wine, brandy or grape marc, depending on the recipe followed.

Tarta de Santiago is known to be naturally gluten-free as its recipe does not contain any wheat flour. The dessert is generally round in shape and can be prepared with or without a base.

Origin & Cultural Significance

The Galician name for Tarta de Santiago is tarta, whereas it is often called torta in Spanish.

The cake is decorated by dusting powdered sugar on top, masked by an outline of the Cross of Saint James (cruz de Santiago). This is where the dish gets its name from. The origin of the cross on the tarta de Santiago is believed to date back to 1924 when the “Casa Mora” started to decorate the almond cakes with the silhouette.

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