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Sans Rival Cake is a heavenly Filipino Dessert

Sans Rival Recipe is a delectable Butter-Cashew Layered Cake .  Each layer is topped with buttercream, nutty – crunchy cashews, chewy, rich and sweet meringue that taste really good and heavenly.

The name Sans Rival is a French word, meaning ‘without rival’.  Nobody really knows where this dessert originated but some said it is a variation of the French cake Dacquoise.

Sans Rival Recipe requires some expert touch.  Among all Filipino cakes, Sans rival is perhaps one of the most difficult to make, my wife perfected this recipe on her second try.

In the Philippines Sans Rival is served in many Cafe’s and Coffee Shops.

sans rival cake recipe

Sans Rival Ingredients:

Sans Rival Meringue Wafer:

  • 10 egg whites
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1½ cups cashew nuts, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Sans Rival Butter Cream Filling:

  • 6 eggs yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1½ tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup cashew nuts, roughly chopped for toppings


How to make Sans Rival :

  • Place parchment paper, grease and flour heavily 3 or 5 (8×1 inches) round pans depends on how many layers you want to make and set aside.
  • Beat egg whites until soft peaks formed.
  • Add cream of tartar and beat, gradually add the sugar, beating well after each addition.
  • Continue beating until egg whites are very stiff.
  • Fold in vanilla extract and cashew nuts.
  • Divide in 3 or 5 portions and spread in prepared pans.
  • Bake at 300F for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool just enough to handle.
  • Immediately loosen the parchment paper while it’s warm in a flat surface because they are hard to loosen as they are crisp when cool.

Prepare Sans Rival fillings:

  • In a bowl beat egg yolks until thick.
  • In another bowl cream the butter and add the vanilla, then set aside.
  • Boil sugar and water until it spins a thread.
  • Place the bowl of an egg mixture over a bowl of cold water.
  • Pour hot syrup into the egg yolks in thin streams while beating (this method will prevent the egg yolk from curdling).
  • Whisk vigorously to incorporate and to cool down the egg mixture.
  • Blend egg mixture into the butter and whisk well.
  • Add and sieve only fine cashew nuts and reserve the remaining.

Assemble Sans Rival Cake:  

  • Place meringue on cake board and spread a cashew butter cream on top, sprinkle with reserved nuts and follow the same procedure on the 2nd and last meringue.
  • Use the remaining cashew butter cream to frost all over the meringue, sprinkle remaining nuts on top and coat all sides evenly.
  • Refrigerate overnight before serving, to have a firm layered cake and not a crumbled one.



sans rival recipe

Sans Rival Recipe is a sweet Filipino treat that is buttery in taste, nutty in texture, and ultra rich in flavor.

sans rival recipe


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12 Responses

  1. Lexie Lane

    May 14th, 2013 at 10:34 am


    Wow! Fantastic! I LOVE sans rival! I’m filipino so I know about this most definitely! Can’t believe you have a recipe. Very good descriptions.

  2. Katie

    May 14th, 2013 at 10:36 am


    This looks REALLY yummy!!!

  3. Debbie

    May 17th, 2013 at 10:59 am


    WHOLLY Yumminess!! This looks soooo delicious!

  4. Kelsey Apley

    May 17th, 2013 at 11:13 am


    Good Golly that looks good! Gonna have to try this out! Yummy!

  5. Staci L.

    May 17th, 2013 at 11:21 am


    That looks DELICIOUS! I have to try this!!!

  6. Anna at Mama Writes

    May 17th, 2013 at 12:48 pm


    Yummy, looks really delicious!

  7. Pal Raine

    May 17th, 2013 at 11:50 pm


    The first time I eat this cake I loved the sweet treats and uniqueness of its taste. An appetite you cannot stop so I opted for the first and figured I’d come back another time. Hahahahaha….

  8. Holly @ Woman Tribune

    June 4th, 2013 at 7:37 pm


    That looks incredible, and absolutely beautiful! I must make this!

  9. vinma

    June 4th, 2013 at 8:37 pm


    oh my gosh! I am sold on the pictures :) Great recipe too. Thanks for sharing. I am a dessert person :) So, this will work for me just fine! 😉

  10. Kari Ann

    June 4th, 2013 at 9:57 pm


    Looks delicious! Makes me want to go bake now!

  11. Loreina

    June 4th, 2013 at 10:50 pm


    This looks delicious!!! And it really doesn’t look that complicated! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Nadine

    September 2nd, 2014 at 7:23 am


    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about sans rival recipe.

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