Gateau Le Sans Rival 2.0

Wow, thanks for stopping by!  A few weeks ago, bursting with creativity (and probably running on sugar), my goddaughter Lala decided to take on Gateau Le Sans Rival.  Although I had made this torte a dozen times, directions-wise, there is always a minor thing to tweak.  The book Favorite Filipino Recipes, although has good recipes indeed, was not very forthcoming directions-wise.  However, my copy is from the 70’s and subsequent revisions may have been made since then.

Meringue Ingredients

  • 5 egg whites
  • cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped cashews
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 175F.

  1. Beat egg whites until stiff.
  2. Add sugar gradually and continue beating.
  3. Fold in chopped nuts and vanilla.
  4. Pipe meringue into 3 or 4 buttered and dusted (with sugar) 9″ diameter pans to make thin layers.  I pipe because I cannot spread meringue evenly with an offset spatula.  Please teach me.  Thanks.
  5. IF using parchment paper, using pencil, trace 9″ circles on sheet of parchment paper; turn parchment over (circles will show through) and place on large rimmed baking sheet.  Again! (Like a 4-year old)
  6. I hope you have something good to watch on TV.
  7. Bake meringues until dry and crisp but not browned, about 3 hours.
  8. Turn off oven and let meringues cool completely in oven.

Pâte à Bombe

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 5 egg yolks


  1. Boil water and sugar until it spins a thread.
  2. Pour mixture gradually over-well-beaten egg yolks and continue beating until thick.
  3. Remove and chill in refrigerator.

French Buttercream

  • pate a bombe
  • 1 cup softened unsweetened butter


  1. Cream butter and add pate a bombe.  Continue whisking until light and fluffy.
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10 Responses to Gateau Le Sans Rival 2.0

  1. Lala says:

    hahaha thanks for this quick blog post. i must say that my favourite is #6. bahahaha! hilarity when the piggy is mixed with ninang!

  2. i want some right now!!! indeed sans rival is an all time favorite…

  3. Sans Rival was my favorite treat growing up. Actually, forget that. I still love it! :-)

    • Thanks for stopping by Jean! Yay, kakahiya (embarrassing) I haven’t finished this post. This was a quick post for directions, that’s why. I had an earlier post with terrible instructions!

  4. Lala says:

    they weren’t your instructions and you made them better, lol.

    hinahanap ka ninang ng mga alembong mo LOL.

    anyways, since nawala ka parang si Jennifer, u missed the video i made for food bloggers, lol.

  5. LOL, I watched your video and made one!

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