Torta Paradiso / Traditional Italian Paradise Cake

Paradise cake with powdered sugar on a white plate.

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Want to try a simple and delicious Italian Torta Paradiso? Check the traditional recipe of the Italian Paradise Cake, and you will be in the seventh heaven (or rather-in a gastronomic paradise). It’s very easy to make, and you will be surprised by how tasty and fluffy it is.

The original recipe of the Torta Paradiso is made with eggs, butter, all-purpose flour, starch, and a little bit of orange and lemon zest. (If you like the Italian cakes and orange flavor, I highly recommend to try also the Traditional Sicilian Orange Cake.)

Paradise cake with powdered sugar on a white plate.

This cake from paradise appears by a wave of a magic wand! Otherwise, its taste and structure can not be explained in words. You need to taste it.

This cake has a lot of variations, but today, I want to share with you the traditional Italian Torta Paradiso Recipe without any cream.

The tenderness and softness of a yellow cloud, a pleasant sweetness that dissolves on the tongue like cotton candy-sounds tempting, doesn’t it?

Holding a slice of the traditional soft torta paradiso.

Even the sight of this heavenly cake makes your mouth water, how can you not want to try it? Such Italian work of art is a truly heavenly pleasure.

The best part? It’s so simple and quick that you can make yourself in just under one hour.

Are you still hesitant to start making this cake? Do not repeat my mistakes, do not put this recipe on the back burner! The only thing I regret about this recipe is that I didn’t prepare this cake earlier!

So, let’s surprise your friends and your loved ones with this moist paradise cake.

What ingredients do you need for that?

All ingredients for the traditional italian torta paradiso on white table.

Butter. 3/4 cup (170 grams). Is one of the most important ingredients for the perfect result for the Paradise cake. Make sure that the butter has room temperature. By using butter, you will get a more intense taste.

Powdered Sugar. 1 1⁄3 cup (170 grams).

Vanilla Sugar. 1/3 cup (40 grams).

Salt. 1/2 tsp (2.5 grams) or to taste.

Starch. 1/2 cup (70 grams). By using starch in combination with flour, you will get a fluffier cake.

Baking Powder. 3 grams.

All Purpose Flour. 2/3 cup (100 grams).

Eggs (4 pieces). I found multiple recipes starting from 2 eggs and going wild to 8-10 eggs. By me, the best spot is somewhere between. I’m always using 4 eggs for this recipe and it never disappointed me.

Additional aromas. I decided to pick the orange and lemon zest. This will give you an interesting fine taste of citrus that will make your cake more special.

How to make the Torta Paradiso (Paradise Cake)?

Let’s begin.

Put the butter and powdered sugar in the bowl of the mixer, or in the bowl in which you will mix the ingredients by hand. Also at this stage, you can add the flavors you prefer. I added vanilla sugar, orange, and lemon zest.

Lemon and orange zest with powdered sugar and flour.

Mix well all these ingredients.

Mixing orange and lemon zest with flour, sugar and butter.

When the composition becomes quite thick and uniform, start adding the eggs one by one and mix continuously.

Raw egg in the dough for torta paradiso.

After the eggs incorporated well, add flour, starch, baking powder and salt into the bowl.

Adding starch and all purpose flour into torta paradiso.

Mix well until you get a uniform mixture.

Torta paradiso dough in a metal bowl.

After that, get ready the baking tray. Cover the bottom of the tray with a baking paper and grease the baking tray with butter (both: bottom and walls).

Next, pour the previously obtained composition in the baking form.

Torta paradiso dough in a baking pan.

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Bake the cake for about 40 minutes. It’s important to not open the oven until a solid surface will be formed.

Paradise cake with powdered sugar on a white plate.

In the end, after the cake has cooled down, you can decorate it with a little powdered sugar. If you will powder over the hot cake, the sugar will melt.

Macro view of the torta paradiso with powdered sugar.
Paradise cake with powdered sugar on a white plate.

Tips to make the best Paradise Cake:

  • A slight change that I made from the original recipe is that in the genuine recipe, isn’t used baking powder. I added a little bit of it to stabilize the rising of the dough.
  • For the best results, make sure that all ingredients are at the same temperature.
  • Don’t open the oven door during baking time.

How to keep for longer the Torta Paradiso / Paradise Cake?

If you have a few slices leftover, then you can cover the cake with a cling film or other alternatives and keep it for another 1-2 days.

Paradise cake with powdered sugar on a white plate.

Traditional Recipe of Torta Paradiso / Italian Paradise Cake


  • Author: Victoria
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x

Description

Torta paradiso or Italian Paradise cake is a fluffy buttery cake with a slight vanilla taste. It is super soft and it will melt in your mouth. The best part? you can make it in under one hour.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (170 grams) of Butter.
  • 1 1⁄3 cup (170 grams) of Powdered Sugar.
  • 1/3 cup (40 grams) of Vanilla Sugar. 
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 grams) of Salt or to taste.
  • 1/2 cup (70 grams) of Starch
  • 3/4 teaspoon (3 grams) of Baking Powder. 
  • 2/3 cup (100 grams) of All-Purpose Flour. 
  • 4 Large Eggs.
  • Additional aromas. I decided to pick the orange and lemon zest.


Instructions

1. Put the butter and powdered sugar in the bowl of the mixer, or in the bowl in which you will mix the ingredients by hand.

2. Add the extra flavors you prefer like vanilla sugar, orange, and lemon zest.

3. Mix well all these ingredients.

4. When the composition becomes quite thick and uniform, start adding the eggs one by one and mix continuously.

5. After the eggs incorporated well, add flour, starch, baking powder, and salt into the bowl. Mix them well until you get a uniform mixture.

6. Prepare the baking tray. Cover the bottom of the tray with baking paper and grease the baking tray with butter (both: bottom and walls).

7. Pour the previously obtained composition into the baking form.

8. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Bake the cake for about 40 minutes. It’s important to not open the oven until a solid surface will be formed.

9. In the end, after the cake has cooled down, pour the cake with a little powdered sugar. 

 

Notes

1. Before you start the recipe, put all the ingredients on the table 2 hours ahead. This will make ingredients reach room temperature. Because of that, they will not separate from each other when you will mix all of them together.

2. Baking time may differ from oven to oven because not all of them are working in the same way. The cake may be ready in 35 to 45 minutes. A good hint will be to test your cake with a toothpick to understand when it is done.

3. You can serve it next to a sour jam to get a pleasant contrast between sweet and sour tastes.

  • Category: Cakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian

Nutrition

  • Calories: 321 cal

Keywords: torta paradiso, paradise cake, Italian desserts

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