Torta Maria Luisa (Maria Luisa Cake)

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Torta Maria Luisa (Colombian Sponge Cake) |

As I’ve mentioned before, I get a lot of e-mails from my readers asking me for traditional Colombian recipes, Torta Maria Luisa or 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.

Torta Maria Luisa (Maria Luisa Cake)

Here is the Torta Maria Luisa recipe!

Torta Maria Luisa Recipe



  • 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 berry marmalade for the filling or your favorite flavor
  • Powdered sugar for garnish

Como hacer torta Maria Luisa

Torta Maria Luisa (Colombian Maria Luisa cake)


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.

Receta de Torta Maria Luisa Colombiana

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  1. says

    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 :)

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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?

  4. says

    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.

  5. says

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

  6. says

    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!

  7. Ruby says

    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?

  8. Sandra says

    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.

    • Erica says

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

  9. Anonymous says

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

  10. Ana C says

    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….

  11. alvaron says

    Era la torta favorita en la casa de mis abuelos!Mi abuela siempre ten├şa una sobre la refrigeradora que desaparec├şa en un santiam├ęn! Gracias Erica!

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