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Spanish Almond Cake Recipe- Tarta De Santiago

Spanish Almond Cake Recipe- Tarta de Santiago– A traditional Spanish dessert that requires little effort to make, it is delicious and also gluten-free.

If you love almonds, this recipe is for you. The recipe is suitable for holidays, dinners in the family, or any other events when an easy dessert is required.

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Spanish Almond tart- Tarta de Santiago

This cake is a classic traditional Spanish dessert created a long, long time ago. The first documents about this recipe are dated 1577.  

It originated in Galicia, but other regions of Spain adopted the recipe and created their own version of it. 

Traditionally, the cake is marked with the cross of the Knights of Santiago and makes a perfect dessert for the holidays.

The almond tart recipe is also gluten-free for those of you who follow a gluten-free diet. In 1577, people did not think about gluten-free recipes, but they did think about a way to use ingredients they had available.

Spain is known for using almonds in many of its recipes, and this one is no different. Why not, as they are one of the biggest producers of almonds in the world.

The original recipe requires raw Marcona almonds, but if you do not have that type of almond, any almonds will do.

The cake is dense because, in the traditional recipe, the ingredients are mixed without whipping the egg whites or adding baking powder for aerating the batter.

In some recipes I saw, the egg whites are beaten and then added to the batter, but I personally do not recommend it if you want to make it truly authentic.

It is a beautiful dessert and it needs to be tried at least once.

When we were visiting Madrid a year ago, our daughter took us to lunch one day and ordered Tarta de Santiago for us.

We had to take a picture of it. But before that, we had to take a picture of the lovely meal we had.

A seafood soup that was delicious…

Seafood soup

Pork tenderloin with mashed potatoes and a little salad…light and simple…

Pork tenderloin with mashed potatoes and salad

And Tarta de Santiago, the one that we are going to make today.

Spanish Almond Cake- Tarta de Santiago

Do you see how dense the cake is? Let’s see how it is made!

How to make Spanish Almond Cake Recipe- Tarta De Santiago

Step One.

Start by gathering the ingredients together. Eggs, sugar, almond liqueur (or almond flavor), cinnamon, almond flour, and lemon.

Spanish Almond Cake Recipe- Tarta de Santiago- ingredients: almond flour, eggs, Amaretto liqueur, cinnamon, sugar, lemon

Step two.

Place the eggs in a bowl and beat them well.

eggs in a red bowl with whisk

Step three:

Add the lemon peel, cinnamon, and almond liqueur.

Add the sugar. Beat the eggs and the sugar together until frothy.

sugar and eggs in a red bowl with whisk

Step four:

Add the almond flour and incorporate it into the mixture.

almond flour added to eggs and sugar

How To Remove The Skin Of The Almonds Before Grinding Them:

Note about the ground almonds: I suggest you look for almond flour made from skinless blanched almonds.

If you cannot find almond flour, you can make your own. Buy whole raw almonds (not roasted or salted) and soak them in hot water for 5 minutes.

The brown skin will slide off the almonds very easily. Place the almonds on a clean kitchen towel and remove the moisture, then put them in the food processor to grind them. Now they are ready to be used.

Spanish Almond Cake Recipe- Tarta de Santiago-batter ready for the oven

Finally, pour the batter into the buttered pan and bake it at 350F for about 35 minutes.

Spanish Almond Cake Recipe- Tarta de Santiago- batter in the tart pan ready for the oven

Remove it from the pan carefully and place it on a serving platter.

Spanish Almond Cake Recipe- Tarta de Santiago- out of the oven

Dust it with powder sugar and serve.

Spanish Almond Cake Recipe Tarta de Santiago- slice on white plate with fork


Spanish Almond Cake Recipe Tarta de Santiago- slice on white plate with yellow towel and fork

The recipe is incredibly simple, and you will be pleased with the results. Also, the cake is not tall, and it looks more like an elegant tart. Enjoy!


Spanish Almond Cake Tarta de Santiago- featured picture for Pinterest
Yield: 8 servings

Spanish Almond Cake Recipe- Tarta De Santiago

Spanish Almond Cake Recipe Tarta de Santiago0

A delicious Spanish dessert made with almond flour. Gluten-free. In Spain, this Tarta de Santiago is served around the holidays or during the Semana Santa before Easter Sunday.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes



  1. Preheat oven to 350F and set aside a 9-inch round tart pan.
  2. In a big bowl, beat the eggs and sugar together until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is foamy.
  3. Add the lemon zest, cinnamon, almond flavor, and almond flour.
  4. Mix everything very well.
  5. Butter the tart pan.
  6. Place the mixture in the pan and bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes.
  7. Remove the cake from the oven, let it cool for few minutes, then dust it with powder sugar.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 399Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 4gSugar: 38gProtein: 11g

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Saturday 8th of May 2021

My baking time was at least double. Is it because I used a pie pan instead of a tart pan?

The Bossy Kitchen

Sunday 9th of May 2021

I am not sure why you needed to double the time. It happened to me before, when I used to have a horrible oven that was not heating properly. However, there are other things to consider as well. What kind of pan you used? Glass, stoneware or metal? I did some research and apparently glass and stoneware need more time in the oven, but the temperature has to be lower. I will make a note on the recipe about that.

Carol B.

Saturday 1st of June 2019

I have tried a few recipes to replicate what I tasted on our trip to Spain. So far yours is the best. :-) Chopping up some sliced almonds to add to the almond flour mix also makes a nice texture. Thanks for sharing.

The Bossy Kitchen

Saturday 1st of June 2019

Thank you, Carol. I did a lot of research before I shared this recipe. It is the closest to what I ate in Spain as well. I am happy to hear you liked it.

Charis Snyder-Gilbert

Sunday 1st of April 2018

What is meant by "1 lemon zest"? One teaspoon, tablespoon, zest of one lemon? Thanks so much - eager to try this recipe!

The Bossy Kitchen

Sunday 1st of April 2018

Hi Charis, You are right, it is the zest of one lemon. :-)

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