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Spanish Cakes

Almond, hazelnut, honey and liqueurs flavor traditional Spanish cakes.

Galician Cake Recipe - Bica Gallega
Bica Gallega is a rich, spongy cake from the Spanish region of Galicia, and is topped with a crunchy, toasted sugar crust. Easy to prepare, it is good for breakfast, or to enjoy as an afternoon snack with a cup of coffee or tea.

Basque Cake Recipe - Pastel Vasco
The Basque Cake, "pastel vasco" in Spanish or "gâteau basque" in French is a traditional cake or pie, with a rich cookie-like crust and a creamy pastry cream filling. Our version of this recipe is filled with pastry cream lightly flavored with rum and raisins.

Tarta de Santiago - St. James' Cake
Santiago (St. James) is the patron saint of Spain and this delicious almond cake is named in his honor. The cakes origin is not certain, but it may have been brought to Galicia by a pilgrim. Today, this cake is sold all over Santiago de Compostela and is popular with tourists and pilgrims.

Magdalenas - Spanish Cakes
Magdalenas are small sweet cakes that are rich-tasting, but light and fluffy. The Spanish traditionally eate them for breakfast with "caf con leche," although they are said to have originated in Aragn. Try them for breakfast, snack or a light dessert with coffee.

Drunken Sponge Cakes Recipe - Bizcochos Borrachos
Fluffy spongy cake, drizzled with a sweet brandy sauce. It is a wonderfully light dessert to complete a Spanish dinner. These "bizcochos" are perfect with a cup of Spanish coffee or thick Spanish hot chocolate, for breakfast or afternoon tea.

Brazo de Gitano Recipe - Swiss Roll
The "Brazo de Gitano," also called a Swiss Roll, consists of a light, spongy cake layer slathered with cream and/or jams, then rolled up and covered with rich melted chocolate. There are many variations of this traditional Spanish dessert, depending on the ingredients of the filling. For variations, scroll down to the bottom of the recipe.

Chocolate and Almond Cake Recipe - Pastel de Chocolate y Almendras
Ground almonds and shaved chocolate are mixed with liqueur-soaked lady fingers, then baked. The result is a rich-tasting, but light cake. It is a good choice for brunch for dessert to end a special dinner. Serve with espresso coffee.

Easy Red, White and Blueberry Quesada Recipe - Quesada Asturiana con Arandanos
Quesada is an Asturian dessert, traditionally made from goat milk or fresh cheese called "requeson." Quesada is similar in texture to cheese cake, but has a light, delicate flavor. To decorate, sprinkle top with powdered sugar or berries. This yogurt version of the traditional recipe is lower calorie, very simple and uses a single bowl to...

Easy Spanish Yogurt Quesada Recipe – Quesada de Yogurt
Quesada is an Asturian dessert, traditionally made from goat milk or fresh cheese called "requeson." Quesada is similar in texture to cheese cake, but has a light, delicate flavor. To decorate, sprinkle top with powdered sugar or berries. This yogurt version of the traditional recipe is lower calorie, very simple and uses a single bowl to...

Asturian Cheese Cake Recipe - Quesada Asturiana
The northern Spanish region of Asturias produces wonderful cheeses. This traditional cheese cake recipe is made with fresh goat cheese, for which ricotta cheese may be substituted. Quick and easy to prepare in a single bowl, this cheese cake is baked for approximately 30 minutes. Decorate with fresh fruit or powdered sugar and serve after dinner or for brunch. It's a great make-ahead dessert.

Cuajada Cake Recipe - Tarta de Cuajada
Cuajada is a traditional Spanish dessert, made of milk and sugar and served in small clay pots, similar to pudding or flan. The Cuajada is the filling for this easy cake is made by mixing milk and sugar with envelopes of "cuajada" powder. Pour into a cookie crumb crust and chill. Top with sliced fresh fruit, jam or berry sauce. What a great alternative dessert for summer barbecues!

Spanish Oil Cakes Recipe - Tortas de Aceite
Easy Spanish Oil cakes or "tortas de aceite" originated in Andalucia, specifically near Sevilla. They were popular in the 19th century and recently have surged in popularity, especially in the USA. These cakes are a light and healthy dessert, simply made with flour, water, yeast, olive oil and sprinkled lightly with sugar. \Prefer a salty "tapa" or snack? Try one of our variations.

Spanish Almond Custard Tort Recipe
Creamy rich almond custard wrapped in flaky puff pastry crust and baked until crisp. This is a variation on a Spanish dessert from northern Spain. Serve it for dessert with espresso coffee for dinner. This pastry is also perfect for breakfast or brunch.

Easy Spanish Fried Cakes with Honey Recipe - Tortitas con Miel
Simple fried desserts covered in honey are typical in many parts of Spain. This recipe originates in the region of Aragon, in northeastern Spain. Round discs fried until golden and fluffy are then coated in warm honey. It makes a warm, sweet Spanish breakfast or afternoon "merienda" (snack).

Sobaos Pasiegos Recipe
"Sobaos" are rich, dainty cakes that are a traditional sweet from Valles Pasiegos, Cantabria, in northern Spain. It is made with flour, eggs, sugar, lemon peel, a splash of anise or rum, and lots of butter. "Sobaos" are a quick and easy breakfast, or afternoon snack served with hot tea or coffee.

Spanish Cinnamon Cake Recipe - Bizcocho con Canela a la Leche
Light and fluffy cake with a topping made with condensed milk drizzled all over, and allowed to soak in. Dust with cinnamon, and serve at breakfast or brunch for a sweet treat.

Pantxineta Recipe - Basque Pastry Cream Pie with Almonds
Pantxineta or Panchineta, is a traditional dessert from the Basque Country in Spain. It is a simple dessert, easy enough for beginners. Pastry cream is baked between two sheets for puff pastry, and covered with coarsely chopped almonds. Our version adds hazelnuts, too.

Spanish Cheesecake from Ibiza Recipe - Flaó
Flaó is a simple and easy cheesecake, from the island of Ibiza, and has an unusual flavor combination. The crust is made using both anise liqueur and anise seeds. The filling is made with fresh soft cheese, and finely chopped fresh mint. No wonder it is so popular with tourists!

Mallorcan Almond Cake Recipe - Gató de Almendras Mallorquin
This is a traditional, almond-flavored cake from the island of Mallorca. It is delicate, soft and spongy, and is easy to prepare, with only eggs, almonds, lemon zest and sugar. Try it with the traditional almond ice cream (recipe included), or hot coffee.

Creamy Chocolate Hazelnut Pie Recipe - Tarta de Crema de Chocolate y Avellanas
Almonds, chocolate and hazelnut cream, make a rich filling in a toasted cracker crust pie.

Asturian Almond Pastry Recipe - Carbayones de Asturias
Traditional Asturian dessert consists of a thin crust made with puff pastry. Carbayones are filled with a mixture of ground almonds, eggs, and sweet wine (or cognac).

Spanish Carnival Pancake Recipe - Tortillas Canarias de Carnaval
Lightly fried, these fluffy pancake-looking desserts, are anise-flavored sweets that are drizzled in wildflower honey. They are typically eaten in the Canary Islands during carnival celebrations.

Castellon Coca Recipe - Coca de Castellon
Easy to make coca, or cake made with potatoes instead of flour, and no oil, lard or butter. Mash potatoes, eggs, almonds and sugar. Bake. Decorate with powdered sugar.

Rice Pudding Torrijas Recipe - Torrijas de Arroz con Leche
Pound cake soaked in creamy rice pudding (arroz con leche), then broiled to give it a burnt sugar crust.

St. Anthony Wreath Cake Recipe - Roscón de San Antonio
This traditional wreath cake, made with yeast is fluffy, and has a surprise filling of marzipan. The Spanish enjoy it on St. Anthony's feast day, January 17th.

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