Torta de Manzana (Colombian-Style Apple Cake)

by Erica Dinho on November 4, 2012

Torta de Manzana (Colombian-Style Apple Cake)

Torta de Manzana (Colombian-Style Apple Cake)

Torta de Manzana (Colombian-Style Apple Cake)

This Torta de Manzana is a traditional Colombian dessert from the Boyacá department of Colombia. I do not bake very often so you won’t find many cake recipes on the site, however, when I do bake, the recipes are mostly simple and easy to make cakes, or traditional Colombian breads.

This apple cake is my kind of dessert. It is very easy to make and incredibly soft and moist. It is delicious served with coffee or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.

We all loved this cake! I have never seen a cake disappear so fast in my house. I hope you enjoy this Colombian-Style Apple Cake as much as we did.

Buen provecho!

Torta de Manzana (Colombian-Style Apple Cake)

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Ingredients

  • 5 medium apples, peeled and cored
  • 3/4 cups of sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 5 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of ponqué or pound cake crumbs

Torta de Manzana (Colombian-Style Apple Cake)

Torta de Manzana (Colombian-Style Apple Cake)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 8 or 9-inch round baking pan.
  2. Slice the apples into thin slices. Place the apples in a medium pot with 1/4 cup of the sugar, cinnamon powder, lime juice and the water. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool slightly.
  3. Place half of the cooked apples with the melted butter, eggs, corn starch, flour, baking powder, remaining sugar and vanilla extract and the remaining in a large bowl. Using and electric mixer whisk until just combined. Add the pound cake crumbs and whisk until the cake batter is smooth.
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  5. Place the remaining apple in the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
  6. our batter in the baking pan.Bake for about 25 minutes. Cool cake in pan 5 minutes. Run small sharp knife around side of pan to loosen cake. Turn cake out onto platter and serve warm or cold.
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    Torta de Manzana (Colombian-Style Apple Cake)

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa November 5, 2012 at 8:02 AM

That’s one gorgeous looking apple! This cake looks like the perfect tea or dessert accompaniment.

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2 Erica November 5, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Thank you,Belinda!It is delicious!

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3 Lisa November 5, 2012 at 8:06 AM

This looks delicious and simple!! I wonder if you could make this with pears instead of apples? And what kind of apples are best to use…I have Golden Delicious in the fridge right now or do you recommend more tart like Granny Smith?

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4 Erica November 5, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Lisa,
I used Gala apples!

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5 Evekyne@cheapethniceatz November 5, 2012 at 1:23 PM

I started of as a baker and now I am more of a cook. I have gotten lazy for baking so a simple recipe that looks so amazing is tempting..like the pics. Yumm

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6 Erica November 5, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Thanks for the comment, Evelyne!

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7 grace November 5, 2012 at 2:49 PM

how delicious! it’s like an apple cake and an upside down cake all in one!

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8 Erica November 5, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Thank you,Grace!

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9 Velva November 5, 2012 at 8:15 PM

I don’t bake very often either so this recipe definitely grabbed my attention.
I really do enjoy the simplicity of this recipe. Apples are in season and they are awesome in desserts this time of year.

Thanks for sharing. As always, I enjoy your recipes.

Velva

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10 Erica November 5, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Thank you,Velva!

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11 Joanne November 6, 2012 at 8:02 AM

A good simple apple dessert always sounds good to me! This looks divine!

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12 Erica November 6, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Thank you,Joanne!

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13 Pam November 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Made this cake yesterday for a party and it was a hit. It was a moist, sweet and wonderful cake. Thanks for the recip

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14 Erica November 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Thanks,Pam!

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15 tasteofbeirut November 17, 2012 at 7:42 AM

What a splendid way to use up cake crumbs! Love it.

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16 Erica November 17, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Thanks,Joumana!

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17 hilary November 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

what do we use the other half a cup of sugar for? The top? Also is it supposed to rise? Mine hasnt risen much yet

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18 Erica November 21, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I fixed the directions,sorry :) The cake doesn’t rise!

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19 Marylou April 24, 2013 at 12:19 PM

I don’t see where the other 1/2 cup of sugar goes.

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20 Erica Dinho April 24, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Step 3. Place half of the cooked apples with the melted butter, eggs, corn starch, flour, baking powder, remaining sugar and vanilla extract and the remaining in a large bowl. Using and electric mixer whisk until just combined. Add the pound cake crumbs and whisk until the cake batter is smooth.

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21 Marylou April 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Oh. Now I see it! Sorry. I will be making this soon! Thanks again!

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22 Ashley May 19, 2013 at 7:25 AM

This is a great and simple recipe! I used it for my Latin America project and everybody loved it. Thanks for sharing~

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23 Anonymous November 1, 2013 at 12:21 AM

We made this in class at kindergarten today. It worked out wonderfully and was a very tasty tasty introduction to Colombia. The kids and teachers loved it!

We don’t have a big cake tin so made two smaller versions. I found that it took a bit longer, more like 35 minutes, for them to be cooked through but that may be down to the portable ovens that we use.

I would recommend this recipe to anyone. The only thing missing was a big scoop of ice-cream :)

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