logo galiwonder

The Traditional Tarta de Santiago Recipe

Galicia is renowned for its great gastronomic tradition. We could list an endless number of meals and sweets, but if we choose one, the Tarta de Santiago is the dessert par excellence. Such is its importance and rootedness in Galicia, that it was granted Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status in 2006.

The Camino de Santiago has contributed to popularizing this traditional dessert. Thanks to its recognition, nowadays you can find the Tarta de Santiago in bakeries and restaurants along the Camino. However, if you like pastry, we teach you how to bake it, so you can enjoy this special dessert whenever you want.

tarta de Santiago

Subscribe to our newsletter and receive our FREE Practical Guide to the Camino de Santiago. In this guide you will find all the information you need to start planning your Camino.

    I accept the privacy policy

    By registering I agree to receive the guide of the Camino in PDF format as well as practical information about routes to do the Camino.

    A curiosity about this Galician cake is the use of almonds as the main ingredient. During the Middle Ages, this nut was scarce in Galicia. For this reason, almond cake was a luxury reserved only for the most privileged.

    The origin of the Tarta de Santiago

    Although the origin of this dessert is unknown, the first references to the Tarta de Santiago are found in documents from 1577 at the University of Santiago. At that time, it was called “Torta Real” . The first known recipes came later in 1838, under the name of “Tarta de Almendra”.

    Original Tarta de Santiago recipe

    The traditional Tarta de Santiago recipe is only based on almonds, sugar and eggs. However, other aromatic ingredients can be added for a more special flavor. It is round in shape with the silhouette of the Cross of Santiago in the center made with powdered sugar. In order to find a good cake, its texture should be spongy and grainy with a predominant almond flavor.

    There are many versions of the Tarta de Santiago, in each house it is prepared in a different way. We bring you a version of the traditional recipe, more creamy and extra spongy.

    Preparation time for Santiago Cake

    • Precooking time: 15 min
    • Cooking time: 40 min
    • Total time: 1h
    • Portions: 8 to 10
    • Category: bakery
    • Type of cuisine: traditional Galician
    • Calories: 3420 kcal total

    Utensils needed to make the Tarta de Santiago

    • 1 ovenproof round baking pan with a 22 cm diameter.
    • Mixer with blades for whipping (eggs, cream… etc.)
    • Flexible spatula
    • 1 deep bowl for mixing all the ingredients
    • 1 bowl for egg whites
    • Scale

    Ingredients for The Tarta de Santiago

    • 4 eggs
    • 250 g sugar
    • 250 g almond flour
    • 200 g whipping cream
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
    • Powdered sugar for decoration

    Steps to prepare the Tarta de Santiago

    You can see the step by step in this video or you can find the detailed recipe right below.

    Step 1:

    Start by separating the egg yolks from the egg whites in two containers. Add the sugar and whip the egg whites until stiff.

    Step 2:

    In the egg yolks bowl add the cream and beat until a homogeneous mixture is obtained. Incorporate the mixture to the egg whites with enveloping movements.

    Step 3:

    Add the almond flour and the cinnamon with enveloping movements, without beating so the egg whites do not lose their volume.

    Step 4:

    Grease a baking pan with butter and pour the mixture. If you don’t have butter you can use oven proof paper or any cooking oil to grease the pan.

    Step 5:

    Next, we put the Tarta de Santiago in the preheated oven at 180ºC (350ºF) for 40 minutes. After this time, check with a toothpick if the cake is no longer raw. If the toothpick is a little stained, wait 5 more minutes or until it comes out clean.

    Step 6:

    Finally, and optionally, we will use this paper template to make the cross of Santiago. Place the template in the center of the cake and sprinkle the powdered sugar all over the surface. Once ready, remove the template and… we have the cake decorated in the most traditional style!

    tarta de Santiago

    Can I have the Santiago cake if I am gluten free or celiac?

    Yes, the original Tarta de Santiago recipe is prepared with almond flour. It does not contain gluten so it is apt for celiacs.

    Pide tu presupuesto

      Travel Date?

      I Accept the Privacy Policy

      I want to receive news, exclusive content, commercial communications.

      - Data controller: Galiwonders, S.L.U.

      - Purpose: MTo provide information on travelers with affected reservations, in compliance with Royal Decree 933/2021 on registration of travelers, in compliance with a legal obligation of the data controller and with legitimacy in art. 6. 1 c) of the RGPD 2016/679.

      - Legitimation: consent of the interested parties

      - Destination: suppliers, partners and developers. Outside these fields, no data will be transferred to third parties, unless legally required.

      - Rights: access, rectify and delete data, as well as other rights, as explained in our privacy policy.

      Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Pinterest

      Leave a Reply

      Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

      Request your itinerary
      Fill up the form and get yout taylor made itinerary in les than 24-48h.


      Atención comercial | Commercial Attention

      No es el nº de emergencias en ruta | This is not the emergency number