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The Prügeltorte Cake

Still a must at festive events, Queen Elisabeth was served this "royal" cake when she visited Tirol!
Pruegeltorte © Borders of Adventure / Borders of AdventurePruegeltorte © Borders of Adventure / Borders of Adventure


  • 10 eggs
  • butter
  • sugar
  • flour
  • pinch of salt
  • zest of a lemon
  • (The butter, sugar and flour should all weigh equal amounts to the 10 eggs.)

How to make it:

Whisk the butter until fluffy then add the sugar and, one at a time, the eggs. Leave for half an hour before sieving the flour in and adding lemon zest to taste.

Make an open fire out of beech wood or wood of equivalent hardness to ensure a slow-burning flame. Set up a frame with a wooden barrel (or rolling pin) in the middle (30 – 60cm long, 9cm diameter on one end and 10cm on the other) that can be turned using a handle. Cover the barrel with greaseproof paper and secure with string.

Put 2 ladles of the mixture on a plate at a time and place near the fire. Now apply the first layer of mixture to the barrel using a spoon, constantly spinning the barrel above the flames. Once the first layer is light brown, the next layer is applied. Repeat the procedure until you have used all of the mixture, making sure that the fire remains consistent. Remove the finished Prügeltorte from the barrel and store in an odorless, dry place.

The Prügeltorte can be stored for a long time, but is extremely odor-sensitive. It used to be made predominantly for special occasions such as Christmas, christenings and weddings. You can fill the centre with cream, decorate with flowers or even cover the sides with icing. According to old tradition of the people of Tirol, the more jagged the Prügeltorte, the better the quality.

Guten Appetit!

  • Pruegeltorte © Borders of Adventure / Borders of Adventure Pruegeltorte © Borders of Adventure / Borders of Adventure

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