Orange Curd and Tonka Bean Sbrisolona Cake

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The Sbrisolona Cake has a rich history. The Sbrisolona cake earned its name from its crumbly texture and traces its origins impoverished times when ingredients were limited for the poor. In places where Sbrisolona is traditionally eaten, the cake is not sliced, but rather hit in the center so that it crumbles part. This Orange Cake and Tonka Bean Sbrisolona Cake respects the traditional origins of the cake with a crumbly crumb flavored with tonka bean and a rich orange creamy orange curd running through the middle to add some moisture.


  • 125 grams flour
  • 100 grams almonds (with their skin)
  • 100 grams sugar
  • 75 grams cornmeal (coarse)
  • 100 grams butter (softened)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • grated orange peel
  • 1/2 bean (grated Tonka)
  • 1 orange juice (and peel)
  • 100 grams sugar
  • 100 grams butter
  • 3 egg yolks


  1. Chop the almonds coarsely and combine them with the flour, sugar, cornmeal, butter, egg yolk, grated orange peel, and the grated Tonka bean in a bowl.
  2. Mix the ingredients together with a wooden spoon at first, then use your fingers, the dough should resemble oatmeal and crumble easily.
  3. Refrigerate this mixture for at least 30 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, prepare the orange curd by placing the orange juice and peel in a bowl with the sugar and mix with a wooden spoon.
  5. Beat the egg yolks and add them to the bowl.
  6. Place the bowl over a double boiler and cook, stirring continuously, until the curd thickens.
  7. Remove the curd from the heat as soon as it reaches the desired consistency and add the softened butter and some more orange peel.
  8. Stir well to incorporated the butter.
  9. Assemble the cake by making a layer of dough “crumbs” on the bottom of an 18 centimeter cake pan lined with wax paper and pressing lightly on the crumbs.
  10. Next, add a generous layer of orange curd and cover with the remaining crumbs.
  11. Bake in a preheated oven at 160C for approximately 40 minutes.
  12. Remove the cake from the oven and cool before serving.
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NutritionView more



Calories970Calories from Fat530
Total Fat59g91%
Saturated Fat28g140%
Trans Fat
Calories from Fat530
Total Carbohydrate101g34%
Dietary Fiber6g24%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Lucie F. 26 May 2015
I could not believe how easy and simple this cake recipe was to make. It did not have a ton of ingredients like a lot of other recipes and it still maintained a great flavorful taste. I made this for my family yesterday and the ate it faster than I it took me to make it. I will be preparing this 5 star recipe again in the future.