Prep. Time: 15′    Baking Time: 1h    Serves 16


  • 500 g all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 250 g butter
  • 400 g sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 vanilla beans
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 120 g orange juice
  • 120 g milk
  • 80 g cognac
  • 200 g walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • Icing sugar for decoration


All ingredients should be at room temperature.

  1. Sift the flour and baking powder and set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 170ºC on the lower heat setting.
  3. Grease a baking pan (28 or 30 cm, 6-7 cm high)
  4. Line the pan with parchment paper for easy removal after baking.
  5. In a mixer, beat soft butter with sugar until creamy.
  6. Add cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, and orange zest to the butter-sugar mixture.
  7. Add the egg yolks one at a time, allowing each to blend before adding the next.
  8. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with salt until stiff peaks form.
  9. Dissolve baking soda in orange juice and add it to the mixture.
  10. Gradually add the sifted flour, alternating with milk and cognac.
  11. Fold in the coarsely chopped walnuts.
  12. Gradually add the beaten egg whites, gently folding to maintain the volume.
  13. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle with flour.
  14. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a knife into the center; it’s done if the blade comes out clean.
  15. Let it rest in the pan for 15 minutes, then transfer it to a large plate.
  16. Remove the parchment paper and let it cool completely.
  17. Dust with powdered sugar. If you want to write wishes on the cake, make a simple glaze.
  18. Enjoy!