Tarta de Santiago

  • Total Time

    1h 5m
    • Prep Time

    • Bake Time

  • Serves


Originating from Galicia in North-Western Spain during the time of medieval pilgrimage, this tart is traditionally decorated with the St James cross. With its wonderfully moist almond and citrus flavours, this torte makes a perfect dessert or partner to an afternoon café con leche (milky coffee). This recipe was taken from World's best cakes by Roger Pizey, published by Jacqui Small.


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (fan 150°C, gas mark 3) and grease an 28cm (11in) springform cake tin.  

  2. Cream 180g (6½oz) of the sugar, zests and egg yolks together until light and fluffy. Next, stir in the ground almonds, almond extract and the cinnamon.

  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs whites with the remaining sugar until stiff. Add about one-quarter of the egg whites into the thick almond mixture and beat. Add a further quarter and repeat. Add the remaining egg white mixture and fold in until fully combined.

  4. Turn the mixture into the prepared tin and bake in a preheated oven for 40 minutes.

  5. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin and then turn out onto a wire rack.

  6. To follow the time-honoured tradition of decoration, find the shape of the St James cross using the internet and print it out. Cut out the middle of the cross to use as a stencil.

  7. Once the cake is cooled, dust the cake with icing sugar and serve straightaway

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  1. 5 star rating

    One of our Spanish class members made this magnificent cake for our first face-to-face gathering after being on Zoom for two terms. It was just perfect, including the Santiago cross!! Muchas Gracias, Judy!!

  2. 5 star rating

    Great recipe, works perfectly 👍
    Thank you so much!

  3. 5 star rating

    I love it and I serve it with homemade crystalized orange slices and whipped cream flavoured with pedro Jimenez. Delicious cake and so easy to make.

  4. 5 star rating

    The taste of St. James Day in Spain! Thanks for the recipe.

  5. 5 star rating

    Fabulous, full of flavour and moist. I haven’t baked a cake since school so a little apprehensive but followed the instructions to the letter and it was divine. Thank you!

  6. 5 star rating

    Amazing cake baked it for our Camino reunion. Fetched back fond memories . Couldn’t get golden caster sugar so used fair trade golden can regular sugar. If you wiz regular sugar in a food processor it very like castor sugar. Thank you for this wonderful recipe from Tina

  7. 5 star rating

    Best almond cake ever!

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  9. 4 star rating

    where can i get the ingredient?

  10. 5 star rating

    Can you freeze this cake

  11. 5 star rating

    Family favourite now, delicious warm with ice cream and fresh raspberries, bonus that its gluten free too!

  12. 5 star rating

    Very good recipe. I just didn't use as much almond extract. I can't find golden castor sugar where I am. Can you recommend a substation? Thanks!

  13. 5 star rating

    Made this recipe for easter and it was so easy and tasted fabulous. I used six duck eggs and the rind from two lemons as I didn't have an orange.
    My husband made me a Saint James cross from wood so I could authentically decorate it.

  14. 5 star rating

    Beautiful but where can I get the ingredients?

  15. 5 star rating

    Great cake, so simple but full of flavour. Great for gluten free options.

  16. 5 star rating

    I love this cake. I made it for friends but the remainder, kept in a cool place, lasted a week without any deterioration. I like it on its own but it is good served with a little cream, creme fraiche, ice cream or (my favourite) evaporated milk.

  17. 5 star rating

    Great recipe, very easy to follow, the cake was very tasty!

  18. 5 star rating

    This cake is amazing!
    I have tried other recipes in the past and this one is my favorite. The balance between the cinnamon, the almond and the citrus zest is on point. Love the very moist texture. Thank you so much for this recipe!!

  19. 5 star rating

    Tried this at a friends Delicious. Does anyone know how long it keeps for as I want to bake it before guests arrive to stay. Thank you

    Hi Linda,
    Best to eat this cake within 3 days. Store at room temperature in a baking tin.

  20. 5 star rating

    I had this cake whilst on holiday this summer, so when I saw this recipe I thought I'd give it a go at home.

    Wow, tastes even better than in Spain and so easy to make. Beautifully moist and lovely with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Will definitely be a family favourite.

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