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Tarta De Santiago (Spanish Almond Cake)

Tarta De Santiago- Spanish Almond Cake Recipe is a traditional Spanish dessert that requires little effort to make. It is naturally gluten-free as the recipe is made with almond flour.

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Spanish Almond Tart- Tarta De Santiago is a very easy recipe to make.

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

This almond 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.

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It is not mandatory to use that cross over your cake. I just wanted to show you that this is how it looks traditionally. When I make the cake, I only decorate it with slivered almonds and dust it with powdered sugar. Keep it simple, and your dessert will be a hit!

The almond tart recipe is also naturally gluten-free for those 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 available ingredients.

Spain uses 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 any almonds will do if you do not have that type of almond. I usually get almond flour at the grocery store.

It is a beautiful dessert that must be tried at least once. Let’s see how to make this recipe! You will be amazed at how easy it is!

How to make Tarta De Santiago- Spanish Almond Cake:

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Step one. Ingredients.

What do you need to make the cake:

The main ingredients are eggs, sugar, almond liqueur (or almond flavor), cinnamon, almond flour, and lemon. Also, when ready to serve, you will need a little bit of butter for the pan and some powdered sugar to sprinkle over the cake.

For this recipe, you will need a 9-inch tart pan and a preheated oven at 350F.

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Step two. Eggs.

Place the eggs in a large bowl and beat them well.

I saw recipes where the egg whites are beaten and then added to the batter. While there is nothing wrong with this method, I do not recommend it if you want to make it truly authentic.

In the traditional recipe, the cake comes out denser because the ingredients are mixed without whipping the egg whites or adding baking powder to aerate the batter.

Eggs in a red bowl with whisk

Step three. Add the flavors and sugar.

Add the lemon zest, cinnamon, and almond liqueur(or almond extract instead). Add sugar. Beat the eggs and the sugar together until frothy.

sugar and eggs in a red bowl with whisk for Tarta de Santiago

Step four. Add almond flour.

Add the almond flour and incorporate it into the mixture.

almond flour added to eggs and sugar for Spanish Almond Cake

How to remove the almond’s skin 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

Step five. Bake.

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 powdered sugar and serve.

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

The recipe is straightforward, and you will be pleased with the results. Also, the cake is not tall. It looks more like an elegant tart.

How to store Tarta de Santiago:

At room temperature.

You can store this almond cake at room temperature in an airtight container for up to three days.

In the freezer.

You can freeze either slices of this cake individually wrapped or the entire cake, as you prefer. Wrap it in parchment paper and place it in a freezer bag. It keeps well in the freezer for up to three months.

When you are ready to serve it, allow the cake to come back to room temperature for a few hours. Also, do not cover it with powdered sugar if you plan to freeze the cake. Sprinkle the sugar after you bring it to room temperature.

Note on baking at high altitude:

I got a message from someone who lives at a high altitude, and the recipe did not work for her. If you find yourself in this situation, remember that baking at high altitude is a complex matter that requires a little bit of science and practice.

My recipes are not tested for high altitude, as I have no way of doing that, so I cannot give you specific information on what you need to do.

However, I can give you some websites where you can learn how to bake when you live at a high altitude.

Colorado State University- High altitude food preparation

New Mexico State University- High altitude cooking

King Arthur- High-Altitude Baking

Betty Crocker- Baking and Cooking at High Altitudes

Tarta De Santiago- slice on white plate with fork

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Yield: 8 servings

Tarta De Santiago (Spanish Almond Cake)

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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:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 449Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 77mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 5gSugar: 39gProtein: 13g

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Christina Wright

Saturday 8th of October 2022

Thank you for the recipe! Can you bake this in a 9inch spring form pan? Thank you!

The Bossy Kitchen

Saturday 8th of October 2022

Hi Christina, yes, you can.

Linda Hernandez

Friday 5th of August 2022

Tried your recipe and it turned out delicious ! I was in Spain many years back and never had this wonderful dessert. Back then I was only 19 years old and too much in love so desserts didn't interest me .. I love Spanish food ..traditional food ..and love their traditional desserts . Question- in one photo you show a beautiful fork with a filigree design at the base by the teeth of the fork. Can you tell me where it is from ? Thanks for this delicious tarta!

The Bossy Kitchen

Saturday 6th of August 2022

Hi, thank you for your comment. There are two forks in the post. One has a brown handle and is part of a set I got at Marshalls a few years ago. The other one, I don't remember. It is part of my growing collection of silverware and dishes I use for taking pictures. My favorite places are garage sales, antique stores, Home goods, or Marshalls if you are in the US. You could also look on A simple search for "dessert forks" will give you awesome items you can choose from.


Thursday 23rd of June 2022

I made this cake for a tapas party. I didn’t pretest the recipe, which I usually do, and it was a smashing success. It was especially easy to make and delicious

The Bossy Kitchen

Friday 24th of June 2022

Awesome! Thank you for taking the time to write a review!It is indeed an easy, delicious recipe!


Monday 14th of February 2022

Absolutely delicious! I sprinkled sliced almonds all over top before baking and it came out so pretty!


Sunday 30th of January 2022

I thought this recipe was a disaster. I used a 9 inch tart pan and the amount of batter was way too much for the pan. My oven is a mess and I lost a quarter of the batter. After 35 minutes, the cake was soup. I’d suggest you rewrite the recipe with high altitude suggestions. I’m a mile high and that’s the only reason I can imagine thAt this recipe was an absolute disaster

The Bossy Kitchen

Monday 31st of January 2022

Hi Elycia, Baking at a high altitude is tricky and requires some experience. I am sorry the recipe did not work for you. I also cannot rewrite the recipe with high-altitude suggestions, as I cannot test the recipe correctly. Spain is at about 2000 feet altitude(as it is a Spanish recipe), and the place I live in the US is about the same as Spain. I can only test the recipe in my kitchen. Based on their elevation, the rest is up to the readers to adapt ingredients and baking times accordingly. I went through the recipe and added some links to websites that teach you how to bake at high altitudes. Again, I am sorry for your experience. The recipe comes out perfect at lower altitudes, where most people live.

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