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Zuger Kirschtorte, Swiss Cake

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A very elegant cake from Switzerland. It is NOT Italian but I had to put something in that slot and that was as close as I could get geographically. I wouldn't recommend this to a beginning baker. Also, take the prep time with a liberal dose of salt, we all work at our own pace and you may, personally, need less or more time.


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40 Min
1 Hr 35 Min


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1/3 c
blanched almonds
1 c
1/2 Tbsp
all-purpose flour
egg whites


1/2 c
all-purpose flour
6 Tbsp
5 Tbsp
egg yolks
1/4 c


1/3 c
3 Tbsp
1/3 c


1 c
1/4 c
1 c
confectioners sugar
egg yolks
1 Tbsp
1 c
butter, at room temperature


1 c
sliced, toasted almonds
confectioners sugar

How to Make Zuger Kirschtorte, Swiss Cake


  • 1To make the Meringue Japonaise layer:
  • 2Preheat the oven to 275F. Grind the nuts in a food processor with a 1/3 cup sugar.

    DO NOT make almond butter! Nuts should be light and dry.
  • 3Beat egg whites at medium speed to soft peak stage. Add remaining 2/3 cup sugar and beat at high until sugar is dissolved and the whites are very stiff.

    Do not under beat! Fold in nut mixture in two portions.
  • 4Draw two 9 circles on a piece of parchment laid on a sheet pan.

    Butter inside the circles.

    Pipe meringue into concentric circles (or spiral), leaving a 1/4 clearance from the edge, to allow for spreading.

    Concentric circles of meringues should just barely touch.

    Bake 30 minutes and reverse pans (top to bottom shelf or front to back).

    Bake an additional 30 minutes.

    Meringue should be crisp and slightly brown.

    Turn off oven and allow meringue to cool down in oven.
  • 5To Make the Sponge Layer:

    Preheat oven to 350F. Line the bottom of a 9: springform pan with parchment paper.

    Butter parchment and pan sides.

    Dust pan with flour.

    Beat the eggs and sugar until tripled in volume.
  • 6Sift flour and cornstarch together and fold into egg mixture.

    Melt butter and when cool mix a spoon full of batter into it.

    Then mix butter/batter into the bowl of batter.
  • 7Pour batter into spring form pan.

    Smooth top. Bake at 350F for 35 minutes.

    When cool, run a knife aroung inside of pan to loosen cake, open spring form pan.

    Transfer cake to a plate/cooling rack and peel off parchment paper, turn upright again on another plate.
  • 8To Make the Kirsch Syrup:
  • 9Put the water and sugar into a pot and stir until sugar is dissolved on medium heat.

    Remove from heat and stir in kirsch.
  • 10To Make the Butter Cream:
  • 11Put 3/4 cup of water and one cup of sugar into a pot.

    Heat on medium, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.

    Turn heat to high and heat to 234F.
  • 12Meanwhile, put the egg yolks into mixer bowl.

    Stir in confectionary sugar.

    When sugar mixture is hot, turn mixer to high and slowly drizzle in the sugar syrup.
  • 13Allow butter cream to cool, stir in kirsch.

    In a separate bowl, whip butter to soften.

    On medium speed, slowly mix butter into egg/sugar mixture.
  • 14To Assemble:
  • 15Place a meringue japonaise on a 9 cake round.

    Spread with a layer of buter cream.

    Place the sponge layer on top of the butter cream.
  • 16Sprinkle the sponge with the Kirsch syrup.

    Spread butter cream on top of the sponge layer.
  • 17Next put the second meringue japonaise layer on top of the butter cream.

    Spread this layer and the sides of the cake with butter cream.
  • 18Gently press the sliced almonds onto the sides of the cake.

    Sprinkle the top of the cake with confectionery sugar.

    Score a hatch pattern onto the top of the cake.
  • 19Chill the cake overnight. Serve cold.

    Recipe by: Maida Heatter

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About Zuger Kirschtorte, Swiss Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Eggs
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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