Torta de Pastores (Colombian Cheese and Rice Pudding Cake)

by Erica Dinho on September 20, 2012

Torta de Pastores (Colombian Cheese and Rice Pudding Cake)

Torta de Pastores is a traditional dessert from the Valle department of Colombia. Soothing, comforting, and just downright good, there’s nothing like digging into a delicious, warm and sweet homemade dessert when the weather is getting cooler.

Torta de Pastores (Colombian Cheese and Rice Pudding Cake)

It’s a pretty filling and rich dessert so a word of advice, serve this after a light meal, that way you can enjoy an extra portion. Another great aspect of this cake is that it tastes even better the next day.

Buen provecho!

Torta de Pastores (Colombian Cheese and Rice Pudding Cake)



(About12 servings)

  • 4 cups of rice pudding
  • 3 cups of bizcochuelo or sponge cake crumbs
  • 1/4 cup of butter, melted
  • 3/4 of cup of white cheese or queso blanco, shredded
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of raisins, soaked in warm water for 30
  • minutes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup of Moscatel or Oporto wine
  • Pinch of salt

Torta de Pastores (Colombian Cheese and Rice Pudding Cake)


  1. Preheat an oven to 325°F. Lightly butter a large baking pan.
  2. Torta de Pastores (Colombian Cheese and Rice Pudding Cake)

  3. Drain the raisins and place in a large mixing bowl. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well until well combined.
  4. simple torta de pastores

  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for about 15 minutes, then release the pan sides and slide the cake onto a serving plate. Serve warm or cold.
  6. Pastores Colombian cake

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 ruth September 20, 2012 at 3:27 PM

That looks so moist and delicious!


2 Belinda @zomppa September 20, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Oh BOY, you served this up right with a tall glass of milk!!


3 melaniemusings2 September 21, 2012 at 9:32 AM

This is my favorite cake. My Russian Abuela made this but did not add the cheese. Muy delicioso. I tried to make it once but it was not quite right. I will now make it again using your Grandma had her recipes in her they were not as organized as this. Buen Fin De La Semana.


4 Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook September 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Rice pudding in a cake, this looks fantastic. I’d definitely have to save room for a second helping!


5 rebecca September 21, 2012 at 8:45 PM

fun use of rice


6 5 Star Foodie September 21, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Super delicious, this would be wonderful to try!


7 Jeannie September 22, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Great way to hide all the rice in there:D


8 Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! September 22, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Oh boy this looks really amazing…


9 Julia September 26, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Typical Colombian cuisine varies regionally and is influenced by indigenous and Spanish. I love your Traditional Colombian Food and recipes. I made this Torta de Pastores and it was a wonderful cake. Love the recipe and I am going to make it again for Christmas.Thanks


10 Erica September 26, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Thank you, guys!


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