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Croatian Recipes: How to Make Stonska Torta (Ston Cake)

Stonska torta – Ston cake (Photo credit: @jozomoneybags)

A cake made with pasta may sound like a strange combo, but this sweet-savoury concoction works. 

Stonska torta, or Ston cake, a cake with its origins from the small town of Ston on the Pelješac peninsula hence the name, is a cake made with macaroni pasta, or how the locals call it – makaruli. 

The cake is often made for special occasions in the region and if you ever pass through Ston it is a must-try. Check out the recipe below. 


For the dough

All-purpose flour – 400 g

Eggs – 2

Olive oil – 50 ml 

Salt – 1/2 teaspoon 

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

For the filling 

Macaroni pasta – 500 g

Sugar – 250 g

Chocolate (cooking) – 100 g

Almonds – 250 g

Walnuts – 150 g

Vanilla sugar – 1 teaspoon 

Cinnamon – 2 teaspoons

Lemon – zest of half a lemon 

Butter – 250 g

Eggs – 6

Ston – where the cake originated from (Photo: Visit Ston)


Cook the macaroni pasta in boiling water until ready and then let it cool. 

Grate the chocolate and lemon. Add to the chocolate sugar, ground almonds, walnuts, vanilla sugar and cinnamon. Dice the butter into cubes and add it. Add the eggs and lightly mix together. 

Add egg, olive oil, salt and vinegar to the flour and knead together. Add a bit of water if needed. Let it rest. 

Roll out the dough into a thin sheet which will cover and hang over the cake tin (26 cm springform)

Grease the cake tin with olive oil and place the dough in the tin making sure the excess dough hangs over the edges. 

Place a layer of macaroni then on top the chocolate, almonds and walnut filling. Lightly whisk the eggs and pour over. Place the cubes of butter in now. Repeat the layers until you reach the top of the tin. Make sure to add little cubes of butter also at the top and then close with the pastry overhanging. Cut off any excess. 

Brush the surface with melted butter and cook on the oven at180º C for around 45 minutes. 

Sprinkle with icing sugar (optional), cool and ready to serve. 

Stonska torta – Ston cake (Photo credit: @jozomoneybags)

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