Apples & Oranges Torte

Mary Shivers


With an abundance of apples every fall, I love to use them in creative ways. In this recipe, I baked a small version of my favorite apple cake, spread it with a simple orange curd, then piped the top with a fluffy cream cheese frosting and added a heavy sprinkling of toasted pecans. Sweet perfection. Absolutely magnificent!

★★★★★ 2 votes
30 Min
30 Min

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
A magnificent dessert? Absolutely! But you know what? We think it would make a magnificent breakfast, too. ;)


1 can(s)
non-stick cooking spray


1 c
granulated sugar
1/3 c
vegetable shortening
2 Tbsp
unsalted butter, softened
1 large
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1 c
all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp
baking soda
1/4 tsp
baking powder
1/4 tsp
1/2 tsp
ground cinnamon
2 c
peeled and shredded red apple
3/4 c
chopped pecans


2 large
eggs plus 1 egg yolk
2/3 c
granulated sugar
1/3 c
freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tsp
very fine orange zest
1/8 tsp
1/4 c
unsalted butter, diced


4 oz
cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp
vanilla extract
1 c
powdered sugar
8 oz
frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
1/2 c
finely chopped lightly toasted pecans


1 slice
red apple, (do not peel)

How to Make Apples & Oranges Torte


  • 1Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2Spray a 9-inch springform pan with removable bottom with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • 3In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar, shortening, and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  • 4Sift flour, soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together in a medium bowl. With mixer on low speed, gradually beat dry ingredients into first mixture until well mixed. Fold in apples and pecans. Pour into prepared pan.
  • 5Bake for 25-30 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched and center tests done with a toothpick. Remove from oven. Cool completely.
  • 6While cake is baking make curd by whisking together eggs, egg yolk, sugar, orange juice, zest, and salt in a 1-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan. Stir in diced butter.
  • 7Cook over medium heat for 5-8 minutes until mixture thickens, stirring often. Remove from heat. Pour into a small plastic bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30-45 minutes until chilled.
  • 8For frosting, in a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and vanilla on low speed until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar. Fold in whipped topping.
  • 9Remove outer ring of pan from cake. Place cake, still on pan bottom, on a large cake plate. Spread top with chilled curd. Pipe or spread frosting on curd. Sprinkle with pecans. Chill for 1 hour. Garnish with apple slice. Cut torte into wedges to serve. Serves 12.

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About Apples & Oranges Torte

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: French
Collection: A is for Apple