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Torta delle rose
Alternative namesTorta a rose
Place of originItaly
Region or stateBrescia, Mantua
Main ingredientsFlour, eggs, salt, butter, milk, vanilla, honey, yeast, sugar

The torta delle rose or torta a rose (English: "rose cake") is a typical cake of Mantuan and Brescian cuisine, and is made with leavened dough rich in butter and sugar, which is rolled up and placed in the baking tin, taking the characteristic shape of a basket of rosebuds, hence the name.[1]


When Isabella d'Este became Marchioness consort of Mantua in 1490, by marrying Francesco II Gonzaga, the cuisine of Mantua was influenced by that of Emilia:[2][3] the Marchioness used the advice of Cristoforo di Messisbugo, cook of the Lords of Ferrara, who seems to have created the "cake of roses" especially for her.[4][5]

See also


  1. ^ "La torta delle rose". 8 March 2016. Retrieved 2022-04-26.
  2. ^ "Torta delle rose | Traditional Sweet Bread From Mantua | TasteAtlas". Retrieved 2022-04-26.
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  4. ^ "Torta delle rose". Ricette di cucina - Le Ricette di (in Italian). Retrieved 2022-04-26.
  5. ^ "Gli Aristopiatti, la nobiltà a tavola dai Gonzaga al Gattopardo". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 2022-04-26.