Esterházy Torta: Hungarian Walnut Cream Coffee-House Cake

hungarian esterhazy cake slices by antonis achilleos

In the late 1800s, at the height of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Budapest, Hungary's capital city, enjoyed a coffee-house culture of delicious fancy tortes and great coffee. Philosophers, artists, musicians, and politicians gathered in coffeehouses throughout the city to share ideas and camaraderie while eating cake! In this hands-on class, we’ll teach you to make one of Hungary's classic coffee-house tortes.

Together, we'll make Esterházy Torta, an elegant dessert that could end up being your hallmark. It’s made up of thin, soft layers of toasted walnut cake, filled with luscious vanilla and toasted walnut pastry cream, and topped with a distinctive design resembling the traditional French Napoleon pastry. The torta is a classic sold at all traditional Hungarian bakeries and coffeehouses. Join us for some time-honored Hungarian flavor!

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and the Esterházy Torta you made in class.

In-person: We'll end class with a tasting and you'll go home with some great coupons.

Virtual: You’ll need a stand mixer with a whip attachment.

Additional Products

Basic Pastry Baking Kit


Our Basic Pastry Kit is ideal for newer pastry bakers, and includes tools we typically use for baked goods like scones, cookies, and brownies. It comes packed with the following equipment: a bowl scraper, a bench knife, an oven thermometer, ten sheets of parchment paper, a small pastry brush, a small offset spatula, 1 oz portion scoop, and a french rolling pin. The price includes ground shipping. For more in-depth equipment descriptions please go to our FAQ page or send us an email at [email protected].

Everything Pastry Baking Kit


Want to elevate your baked goods to baked greats? Our Everything Pastry Kit adds more handy tools we like to use for baking, decorating, and displaying your delicious works of art. In addition to everything from the Basic Pastry Kit (bowl scraper, bench knife, oven thermometer, parchment paper, pastry brush, small offset spatula, 1 oz scoop, rolling pin), it comes packed with the following equipment: a pastry blender, 1/3 oz portion scoop, a whisk, large and small piping bags, a large star and a large round decorating tips, and 3 cake boards—10x14-inch rectangle, 9-inch round, and a 12-inch round. The price includes ground shipping. For more in-depth equipment descriptions please go to our FAQ page or send us an email at [email protected].

Our classes (except for family classes & kids camps) are for adults 17 & up.

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