Învârtită cu nucă: Romanian walnut cake

Today we’re going to present a dessert of Romanian origin: Învârtită cu nucă, a walnut cake rolled up on itself. The Învârtită is certainly a very scenic and tasty dessert, yet simple to prepare. The first time we’ve tried it, we marveled: it is a slightly sweeten bread dough, which encloses chopped walnuts and brown sugar, no spices at all; but the taste is so intense, the perfect way to start a day with an healthy breakfast 🙂 .

invartita cu nuca romanian walnut cake

We have not been to Romania yet, but we tasted this not very far from home… At Koru Kafé in Aosta, a small bar in via Monte Grivola. We wanted to thank Anna and Paola, the friendly owners for having made us taste the Învârtită, but also for providing us the recipe 😀 . If you get there, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to taste this cake yourself 🙂 .

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Învârtită cu nucă - Romanian walnut cake

Cuisine Egg free, Gluten free, Lactose free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 10 people
Difficulty Easy


For the dough

  • 350 g of flour
  • 150 g of Manitoba flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 15 g of fresh yeast
  • 250 ml of water

For the filling

  • 250 g of nuts
  • 150 g of brown sugar


For the dough

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, salt and yeast;with a whisk break all the lumps.
  2. Add the water, a little warmed up, a bit at a time until you get a bread dough consistency. Cover with a cloth and let rise for one hour.

For the filling

  1. Chop the walnuts and mix them with sugar.


  1. Divide the dough into two halves, roll it out in a very thin rectangles (about 35 cm * 25 cm).
  2. Sprinkle the dough with the walnut filling.
  3. Wrap them from the longer side, and place the two rolls in a baking pan forming a spiral (the second roll must start where the first ends).
  4. Brush the surface of the cake with the oil, preferably rice or seeds; sprinkle with brown sugar.
  5. Bake the Învârtită at 180 °C for 40 minutes.
  6. Once ready, remove it from the pan and let cool covered with a cloth.


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