Nutty Pecan Torte with Easy Chocolate Glaze

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This Pecan Torte is a perfectly textured cake made with chopped pecans, eggs, sugar, flour, and vanilla. Serve it with some fresh cream for an over-the-top taste.

Pecan Tortes was always one of my favorite desserts growing up. There was something extra special about eating this textured cake after dinner. Every time, it hit the spot just right. I’m so happy I can share this recipe with all of you.

 

What I Love About This Recipe:

Minimal Ingredients. When you take a bite of this gourmet-quality cake, you’d probably think it took hours and several dozen ingredients to come together. Wrong!  You’re seriously 11 ingredients and less than two hours away from enjoying this Pecan Torte if you start now!

It’s light and airy. You might be thinking this cake would be very “bottom-heavy” because the pecans might sink to, well, the bottom. But because the pecans are very finely chopped and incorporated nicely into the batter, they are evenly dispersed throughout the cake. Naturally, this gives the cake its light and airy texture.

It makes a beautiful and unique dessert. This is a great way to wow your guests during the holidays. Or, you can serve it for brunch during an extra sweet occasion. It seriously looks so beautiful and tastes out of this world.

The chocolate glaze pairs so perfectly with it. I think the chocolate glaze adds a perfect finish to the pecan torte. It really adds richness and decadence.

 

If you make this deliciously nutty Pecan Torte, do let me know in the comments!

What do I need to make the torte?

  • 2 cups pecans, finely chopped or ground (you could use walnuts instead
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs, separated yolks and whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
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What do I need to make the chocolate glaze?

  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 5 oz (150g) dark or milk chocolate

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How to make Pecan Torte: 

  • Preheat your oven to 350F.
  • Spray or butter up your cake pan (I used 9″ springform pan).
  • Mix dry ingredients together: 2 cups nuts, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/3 cup of flour.

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  • Beat 1 cup of softened unsalted butter (2 sticks).
  • Add in half of the sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract; keep beating until creamy.
  • Add in 5 egg yolks one at a time.

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  • In a separate bowl, mix together egg whites until frothy.
  • Add in the rest of the sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  • Beat together until fluffy and stiff.

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  •  Using a large spatula, fold the egg whites mix into the butter.

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  • With spatula add into the dry ingredients (nuts, flour, baking powder).
  • Put into the greased pan.

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  • Bake for 50-60 minutes. (Or until you stick a toothpick in it, and pick comes out clean.)

To make the chocolate glaze: 

  •  On the stove top, over barely simmering pot of water, place a bowl on top and melt 5 ounces of chocolate.
  • Add in 1 stick (1/2 cup) of unsalted butter. Melt.
  • Turn heat off and whisk 2 tablespoons of heavy cream until glossy.

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  • Pour on cake when cake cools down.
  • Ready to enjoy!

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More sweet treats to enjoy:

Equipment I Used

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Pecan Torte

It's an elegant, nutty and a unique dessert to serve for dinner.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 625 kcal

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • cake pan
  • bowl
  • Spatula
  • hand mixer
  • pot
  • whisk

Ingredients
  

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  • 2 cups pecans chopped
  • cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Glaze

  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 5 oz dark or milk chocolate

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Spray or butter the cake pan (I used a 9" spring form pan).

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  • Mix dry ingredients together: nuts, baking powder, salt and flour.
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  • Beat 1 cup softened butter then add half of the sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. Keep beating until creamy.
  • Add in 5 egg yolk, one at a time and continue beating.
  • In a separate bowl beat together egg whites until frothy.
  • Add in the rest of the sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Beat together until fluffy and stiff.
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  • Using a large spatula, fold in the fluffy egg whites into the batter.
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  • With a spatula, add in the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients (nuts, flour and baking powder).
  • Put into the greased pan.
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  • Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

For the chocolate glaze:

  • Over barely simmering pot of water, place a bowl on top and melt 5 oz of chocolate.
  • Add in 1 stick of unsalted butter and melt.
  • Turn heat off and whisk 2 Tbsp of heavy cream until glossy.
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  • Pour the chocolate glaze over the cooled cake and it is ready to enjoy!
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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Pecan Torte
Amount Per Serving
Calories 625 Calories from Fat 459
% Daily Value*
Fat 51g78%
Saturated Fat 24g150%
Cholesterol 171mg57%
Sodium 102mg4%
Potassium 252mg7%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1047IU21%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword butter, cake, chocolate, dessert, heavy cream, pecan, torte, vanilla
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