Sponge Cake Batter:

  • 8 eggs
  • 8 tbsp sugar
  • 8 tbsp ground walnuts
  • 2 tbsp flour (or replace with 2 tbsp ground walnuts)

Crumbled Dough:

  • Half of the walnut sponge cake
  • Orange jam
  • Candied orange peel


  • 200g butter or margarine
  • 200g powdered sugar
  • 50g melted dark chocolate
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 300g ground walnuts
  • A few drops of orange flavoring
  • 1 tbsp rum


  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate
  • Orange zest
  • Walnut pieces
  1. The dough is a traditional sponge cake batter, but instead of flour, we use ground walnuts.
  2. Bake the batter in a gas oven in a thickness of about the width of a finger at 180 degrees Celsius, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  3. From the cooled sponge cake, shape discs that are the size of “isler” cookies, making sure the total weight of the discs and the leftover parts are the same.
  4. Crumble the leftover parts and mix them with orange jam or apricot jam, candied orange pieces, and a few drops of orange flavoring, until you get a consistency similar to coconut balls.
  5. Form larger walnut-sized balls from the orange mixture and place them on the sponge cake discs.
  6. Cover them with a cream, for which you mix room temperature butter or margarine until it becomes fluffy and white.
  7. Gradually add sugar, melted chocolate, orange flavoring, and ground walnuts to the cream. After covering with the cream, the dessert will have a half-sphere shape.
  8. Next, cover it with whipped cream (which can also be plant-based), and decorate with larger pieces of dark chocolate, walnut pieces, and small pieces of orange peel obtained with a potato peeler.
    You will get about 7-12 small balls from this amount of ingredients, and the number of balls depends on the size of the discs. I also made this dessert in a cake mold. For this, I used a round baking mold and horizontally cut the sponge cake in half before shaping the “discs.”Wishing you joyful and successful baking, and a hearty appetite for enjoying your creation!

Paulay Katalin, violinist – Founding Member of EFKZ Biatorbágy Sound