Get your sugar rush with this Filipino sans rival layered cake recipe

                by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  December 29, 2021

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Sans rival is a Filipino dessert with a French influence. It got its name from a French word meaning “unrivaled”, and there’s also a smaller version of the dessert, the silvana.

The sans rival recipe involves delicious layers of buttercream, chopped cashews, and meringue. Keep reading to find out how to make it!

Sans Rival Recipe

Sans rival recipe and variations

A lot of people like this dessert because of its smooth, rich, and nutty flavor.

The French version uses almond or hazelnut meringue. But the Filipino version uses cashews that grow locally in the country.

The origin of the dessert is between 1920-1930. It’s when many of our kababayans (fellow countrymen) went to Europe and learned cooking techniques from the region.

France is more well-known for its pastries. SoFilipinos who went there studied their techniques, which resulted in learning how to make this special treat. They made their unique version of the sans rival recipe!

Sans Rival Recipe you can make

Today, many Filipino bakers make different versions of the dessert. They put other ingredients in, like chewy mangoes on top. Some make ube versions in smaller sizes.

There are many ways to make different kinds of sans rival. But the best way to start is to make the simplest version, which is the sans rival recipe.

You’ll find that learning the basic way to make it will help you in making other versions!

Sans Rival Recipe

Sans rival recipe (Filipino layered cake)

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Sans rival is made of layers of buttercream, chopped cashews, and meringue. Check out this awesome recipe and make your own now!
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Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4 people
Calories 771 kcal



  • 8 egg whites
  • ¾ tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped cashew nuts

French Buttercream:

  • cup sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 tsp clear vanilla extract
  • 8 egg yolks
  • cup chopped cashew nuts


  • Prepare parchment lined cookie sheets.
  • If making an 8″ round sans rival, draw 8″ circles on the cookie sheet as a guide for the meringue later.
  • Preheat the oven to 275F.
  • Beat together egg whites, cream of tartar, and sugar until stiff but not dry.
  • Fold in the chopped cashew nuts.
  • Divide meringue into 4 8-inch circles.
  • Bake for 45 mins – 1 hour or until golden.
  • Transfer to wire racks. Cool for 5 minutes.

French buttercream:

  • Place sugar, flour, and salt in a saucepan and mix thoroughly. Stir in milk.
  • Cook over medium heat and stir constantly until very thick.
  • Remove from heat and pour into egg yolk mixture slowly.
  • Add 1/2 cup butter at a time (cut into several pieces) and beat at medium-high speed until smooth.
  • Add vanilla and beat well.
  • Chill icing for a few minutes before decorating.
  • Use this to fill the meringue layers.
  • Decorate top and sides with more buttercream.
  • Cover with the cashew nuts.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 771kcal
Keyword Cake, Dessert
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Many of the newer versions of sans rival are becoming popular, with some even winning awards for their ingenuity. But it’s still a treat you can make from scratch and at home.

This recipe is sure to satisfy strong cravings. It’s for the heartiest eaters out there since it’s very rich.

But even with the butter and sugar overload, you’ll still get some nutrition when you use cashews in this sans rival recipe. Cashews have vitamins B-6, E, K, and minerals like selenium, copper, iron, and zinc.

Add in some mangoes, and you’ve got your vitamin C intake!

How to make a Sans Rival layered cake

You’ll need a mixer for this recipe. It’s perfect for bakers who already have some baking knowledge beforehand.

You only need a few ingredients, but some special baking instruments like spatulas and baking pans. It’s hard to substitute those, so please make sure to complete your list before making it.

It’ll take about 3 hours to prepare the sans rival recipe. You can feed more than 8 people with a regular-sized cake.

Also check out this delicious Filipino biscocho recipe

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.