Torta Maria Luisa (Maria Luisa Cake)

by Erica Dinho on March 16, 2010

As I’ve mentioned before, I get a lot of e-mails from my readers asking me for traditional Colombian recipes, Maria Luisa Cake being one of them. Well, after some phone calls to my family and friends in Colombia, I finally have this recipe for all of you that have requested it.

Here is the Torta Maria Luisa recipe!

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  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 6 large eggs
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup orange marmalade filling
  • Powdered sugar for garnish


Arrange an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour the bottom and sides of 2 nonstick, round baking pans. Set aside.

In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder and lime zest. Mix for 20 seconds at low speed until the zest is incorporated. Add the orange juice, eggs, sugar and butter.

Blend at low speed for 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium and mix for about 2 minutes, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl with a spatula, as needed.

Divide the batter between the prepared pans and bake until golden and a cake tester inserted into the center of the cakes come out clean, about 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool the pans on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Turn the cakes out onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely, about 1 hour.

To assemble the cake: Arrange 1 cake layer, flat side up, on a cake stand. Using a spatula, spread the marmalade on top leaving a 1/2-inch border. Place the other cake layer on top of the existing layer then sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut the cake into wedges with a slightly wet knife and serve.

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{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Divina March 16, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Sounds wonderful. That’s a very nice, moist and flavorful cake.


2 Tangled Noodle March 16, 2010 at 11:05 AM

It looks so moist and I love the citrus flavors! Sprinkling it with powdered sugar is perfect – it seems too delicate to cover with frosting.


3 tasteofbeirut March 16, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Sounds like a wonderful rendition of a sponge cake, with the marmalade addition it is perfect.


4 Lyndsey March 16, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Thanks for sharing such great traditional Colombian recipes! It looks so moist and delicious!


5 Ben March 16, 2010 at 1:40 PM

I had never heard of that torta before, but it sounds very easy and delicious. And I didn’t know in Colombia they called cakes tortas, for us in Mexico that word means something completely different :)


6 Erica March 16, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Thank you guys ;-)


7 Pilar March 16, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Maria Luisa’s are also filled with arequipe (Colombian name for Dulce de Leche).


8 Erica March 16, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Pilar- Thank you! I will try it with arequipe next time :)


9 5 Star Foodie March 16, 2010 at 3:01 PM

This cake looks wonderful, I like the orange marmalade filing!


10 Sandra G March 16, 2010 at 3:09 PM

This cake looks so moist and yummy, can’t wait to make it!


11 Rachana Kothari March 16, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Thats such a moist, soft and a beautiful looking Cake… Would love to have a bite:)


12 Baking is my Zen March 16, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Looks nice and moist. I’m not a fan of orange marmalade…so I may switch to peach.


13 Doña Masita March 16, 2010 at 5:37 PM

This looks so delicious! It made me really hungry! Looking forward to prepare it!


Doña Masita


14 Kim March 16, 2010 at 6:03 PM

What a lovely and delicate cake. I love the flavor of orange in my cakes and this sounds perfect! I think this would be great for the upcoming spring holidays like Easter and Mother’s Day!


15 Maria March 16, 2010 at 6:29 PM

I’ve never heard of this cake … it looks divine! So moist and flavorful. Will definitely have to try it some time.


16 Joy March 16, 2010 at 6:36 PM

That picture says it all, I can taste it from here! A proper cake! Yum!


17 Faith March 16, 2010 at 7:18 PM

This looks so moist and yummy! I love the layer of orange marmalade!


18 Erica March 16, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Thank you all! I truly appreciate all your comments!


19 Bo March 16, 2010 at 10:18 PM

This really does look so delicious! I love orange marmalade!


20 Velva March 16, 2010 at 10:40 PM

I can see why you have been receiving requests for this cake-delicious! I know I would love it…Is this an everyday cake or only for special occassions?


21 Erica March 16, 2010 at 11:27 PM

Velva-This is an everyday cake.


22 Ivy March 17, 2010 at 2:19 AM

I also get the same from my Cypriot readers and have to make some phone calls back home to get some forgotten recipes.
The cake sounds delicious and looks great, airy and moist.


23 grace March 17, 2010 at 6:21 AM

this cake pretty much defines the word ‘moist.’ so tender and soft, so flavorful. excellent treat, erica–thanks for sharing the recipe!


24 Joanne March 17, 2010 at 7:49 AM

That cake looks so moist and fluffy! I’m all about the citrus flavors lately so I love the orange marmalade infusion.


25 Norma March 17, 2010 at 9:25 AM

So moist… It reminds me od my childhood days


26 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen March 17, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Looks like a lovely cake, Erica!


27 nazarina March 17, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Wow! this torta is to die for! yum. It looks so soft and yummy. No matter where we go, our roots are not far behind!


28 Soma March 17, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Very sensual! I love anything orange dessert and this is sure a great one Erica. Will make this sometimes.


29 Karen March 18, 2010 at 11:48 AM

This looks wonderful! I made some marmalade earlier this year that would be a great filling for this!


30 Oysterculture March 18, 2010 at 4:34 PM

This sounds wonderful – I love the addition of marmalade. You say its traditional – is it traditionally served for a specific event? I’ll be coming up with my own traditions to serve this one!


31 Sue March 19, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Erica, what size cake pan I have 8 and 9 inch round pans.


32 Erica March 19, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Sue- 8 inches.


33 Erica March 20, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Thank you everyone!


34 Ruby March 22, 2010 at 10:15 AM

This cake did not turn out right for me. I made it exactly as shown and I couldn’t get it. It turned out very dense and too greasy. The butter was all over the top of the cake. I tried it again with less butter and it still didn’t work. It was not fluffy at all. Help! what am I doing wrong?


35 Erica March 22, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Ruby- It was perfect to me!


36 Sandra May 26, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Hola , soy fan de la Maria Luisa ,pero me temo que la receta en Medellin es un poco diferente pues lleva maicena que la hace arenosita , aqui se las dejo por si la quieren intentar.
-1 barra de mantequilla o 250g
-1 t de azucar
-1 1/2 t de harina
-1 1/2 t de maicena
-4 huevos
-2/3 de t de leche
-3 cucharadas de P-H
-1/2 c sal
-ralladura de limon.
La Torta maria luisa se ha ido modificando con el tiempo, pero la original era con mermelada de mora .
se divide la mezcla en dos moldes,luego cuando esten se juntan con mermelada de mora en el centro y se le rocia azucar.


37 Erica May 26, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Hola sandra,
Gracias por la receta. Cuando la vuelva hacer…la hago con tu receta. Suene muy rica tambien!


38 Isabel October 25, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Tu sabes como hacer torta negra Colombiana?
Bendiciones en este tiempo de tu vida y tu bebe!


39 Anonymous November 12, 2010 at 7:38 PM

I have made this several times. Always great and always requested for special occasions. The key is to have everything at room temperature. Enjoy!


40 Ana C March 2, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Gracias Erica…. Hice la Maria Luisa siguiendo tus indicaciones y quedo “DE ATAQUE” como dijo alguna otra paisa en uno de sus comentarios… Bien por tu iniciativa de dar a conocer nuestro pais desde otro ambito que no sea el de la violencia y el delito… Vivo como tu, en USA y saborear estas delicias de nuestra tierra es maravilloso!!! Mi esposo, que tambien es colombiano, ya pidio esta receta para su cumpleanhos….


41 Betzie April 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM

me pueden poner la receta en español gracias


42 Claudia September 25, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Hice la receta pero la torta no me crecio casi y por supuesto Tampoco quedo esponjosa. Sugerencias?


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