sans rival

Sans Rival

Sans Rival is a buttery, creamy, and nutty dessert. Each layer is topped with a generous amount of butter filling and topped with cashews. This recipe is definitely for the dessert lover and is commonly found during fiestas, birthdays and special occasions.

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Sans Rival


  • 12 egg whites
  • 12 egg yolks
  • 2 cups (450g) caster sugar (for meringue)
  • 1 cup (250ml) water
  • 2 cups (450g) caster sugar (for butter filling/topping)
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 cups (300g) chopped cashews, toasted (for butter filling/topping)
  • 450g butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) dark rum
  • 2 cups (300g) chopped cashews, toasted (for meringue)


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line four - 8x12 inch pans with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Sprinkle with cream of tartar. Gradually add 2 cups caster sugar, while continuing to beat until stiff peaks form (meringue). Add in 2 cups chopped nuts. Divide meringue between the 4 pans, and spread evenly to the pan's edges.
  3. Bake in oven for 30 minutes until light golden brown. Remove the meringue from the baking pans while still hot. Allow to cool. Trim edges so that all 4 meringue layers are the same size. Set aside.
  4. Butter cream filling: In a large bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy. In a separate large bowl, whip egg yolks until thick.
  5. In a saucepan, combine 2 cups sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, and heat to 270 to 290 degrees F. Add the hot syrup in a thin stream to the beaten egg yolks, while beating at high speed. Beat in the whipped butter until smooth. Mix in rum.
  6. On one layer of meringue, spread approximately 1/4 of the butter cream evenly all the way to the edges. Repeat layers until all is used. Smooth sides with spatula. Sprinkle top with 2 cups chopped cashews. Freeze until solid. To serve, cut 2.5cm slices from the frozen dessert.
  7. Almonds or hazelnuts can be used in this recipe instead of cashews, and the butter cream can be flavored with any flavor of liqueur, coffee powder, or fruit jam.

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