This cake is a specialty from the region around the French city of Orléans. It is puff pastry filled with frangipane (almond paste).

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
8 servings


  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 cup almond flour

  • 3 large egg yolks, divided

  • 2 tablespoons rum

  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed

  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Combine butter and sugar in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until well combined. Add almond flour, 2 egg yolks, and rum; mix until frangipane is smooth.

  3. Roll out puff pastry sheets and cut into 2 equal circles. Place the first circle on the baking sheet and pierce several times with a fork. Spread frangipane on the circle, leaving a 1/2 inch border.

  4. Brush uncovered puff pastry edge with a little water and lay the second puff pastry circle on top. Seal the edges by pressing together.

  5. Using a sharp knife, cut a decorative pattern around the rim. Trace decorative lines onto the surface without cutting all the way through. Beat remaining egg yolk with a fork; brush over the top.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake until pastry is puffed up and lightly browned, about 20 minutes more.

  7. Remove from the oven and dust with confectioners' sugar.

  8. Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  9. Place pithiviers under the broiler and broil until a golden, shiny crust forms, 1 to 2 minutes. Watch carefully to make sure it doesn't burn.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1214 Calories
113g Fat
44g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 1214
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 113g 145%
Saturated Fat 58g 290%
Cholesterol 290mg 97%
Sodium 164mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 10g
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 68mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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