Alternative namesAlexander Torte, Aleksander Torte
Place of originRiga, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire
Main ingredientsPastry dough, raspberry preserves

Alexandertorte, also known as Alexander Torte or Aleksander Torte (Latvian: Aleksandra kūka, Aleksandra torte), is a cake that was conceived to commemorate a visit of Tsar Alexander III in Riga,[1] today's capital of Latvia.

Consisting of pastry strips filled with raspberry preserves or raspberry jam, it is traditionally eaten as a dessert after lunch or dinner, but it can also be served at tea time. It should be made a day or so before it is planned to serve, because the icing must be hard before the cake is cut.[2]

A similar dessert exists in Denmark, and is known as hindbærsnitte.[3] In the German language area, a cake of the same name exists that has almonds and wineberries as the main ingredients.[4]

A Finnish version of the dessert called Aleksanterinleivos [fi] commemorates Tsar Alexander I of Russia and has been produced since 1818.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Lauta, Silvena Johana (7 March 2016). Igauņu, latviešu, lietuviešu ēdieni (in Latvian). Riga: Zvaigzne ABC. p. 117. ISBN 978-9934-0-2602-7. Šīs kūkas recepti radīja par godu cara Aleksandra, kurš bija pazīstams kā liels gardēdis, vizītei Rīgā
  2. ^ "Alexandertorte". Archived from the original on March 22, 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Hindbærsnitter (som mormor lavede dem)" (in Danish). Arla Foods. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  4. ^ Riedl, Christine Charlotte (1852). Lindauer Kochbuch: für guten bürgerlichen und feineren Tisch eingerichtet. Lindau: Stettne. pp. 534–535. Retrieved July 10, 2012. Alexandertorte. OCLC Number: 162898099
  5. ^ "Kestosuosikki aleksanterinleivos sai nimensä Venäjän keisarilta". Yle Uutiset (in Finnish). Retrieved 2018-11-27.