Alexander Torte

Alexander Torte
Alexander Torte
An East German cake with Latvian roots, Alexander Torte is raspberry jam sandwiched in shortcake with a sugary lemon glaze.
Course Dessert
Cuisine East Germany, Latvia
Keyword Alexandertorte, Lemon Glaze, Raspberry Jam, Shortbread
Region East Germany
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


!For the pastry:

For the icing:

  • 2-1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice


  • Combine chilled butter, flour, and sugar in bowl. Cut with two knives or pastry cutter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Beat in egg, and work mixture with fork or fingers until smooth. Shape into ball, wrap, refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
  • Divide the dough in two. Roll out each half to form a rectangle and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 250°F/125°C for 40 minutes.
  • Spread the raspberry jam evenly over one warm cake sheet. Place the second sheet of cake on top and press down carefully.
  • Mix the powdered sugar with the lemon juice and about 4 tablespoons of water until smooth. Ice the cake while it’s still slightly warm.