Recipes from Colombia: Torta Negra

Two weeks ago we were transported to Colombia with the sweet recipe of avena. This week, be ready to make that gastronomic trip again!


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I first had torta negra at a hot spring in Manizales. Colombia is surprisingly cool in certain areas; it was a cold and drizzly day and the hot outdoor springs, as well as this cake, were very welcome. Torta negra is traditionally made as a celebration cake. The sublime flavours justify the quantity of ingredients and time it takes to make : don’t be dissuaded.


  • 450 g light brown sugar
  • 200 ml cognac (more to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda (dissolved in a bit of warm water)
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 120 g powdered sugar
  • 1 cup hazelnuts, chopped
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup currants
  • 200 g butter, softened
  • 400 g self-rising flour
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 400 ml red wine (any red drinking wine will do, NOT cooking wine)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract



  1. Preheat oven to 375F/190C and grease/flour an 9″ cake pan.
  2. Combine the red wine, butter, sugar, currants, walnuts, hazelnuts, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and cognac in a saucepan; bring to the boil.
  3.  Boil for 3 minutes.
  4. Let mixture cool to room temperature.
  5. Next add the flour, the vanilla, and the baking soda that has been previously dissolved in a bit of warm water.
  6. Mix thoroughly and pour into a cake pan that has been buttered and floured.
  7. Bake for approximately 45 minutes.
  8. Turn the oven off and let the cake stand inside until it tests done.
  9. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar.


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Title photo courtesy of Pinterest