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"Bizcocho" is a noun which is often translated as "sponge cake", and "torta" is a noun which is often translated as "cake". Learn more about the difference between "bizcocho" and "torta" below.
bizcocho(
bees
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koh
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choh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (culinary)
a. sponge cake
Este bizcocho de chocolate es perfectamente liviano y húmedo.This chocolate sponge cake is perfectly light and moist.
b. biscuit
Hoy desayunamos bizcochos con té verde.Today we had biscuits and green tea for breakfast.
c. sponge
Cocina el bizcocho en el microondas por 60 segundos.Cook the sponge in the microwave for 60 seconds.
d. lady finger
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Se suele usar bizcochos para hacer tiramisú.You typically use lady fingers to make tiramisu.
e. sponge finger
Me gusta mojar los bizcochos en chocolate caliente antes de comerlos.I like dipping sponge fingers in hot chocolate before eating them.
2. (culinary)
Regionalism used in Puerto Rico
(Puerto Rico)
a. cake
Preparé un bizcocho de chocolate con un glaseado de vainilla para tu cumpleaños.I made a chocolate cake with vanilla frosting for your birthday.
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torta(
tohr
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tah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (culinary)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. cake
Quiero una torta nupcial de chocolate.I want a chocolate wedding cake.
b. pie (savory)
La torta de carne es mi favorita.Meat pie is my favorite.
2. (culinary)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
a. pancake
Desayunó tortas de maíz.She had corn pancakes for breakfast.
3. (culinary)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. sandwich
Ese lugar sirve las tortas de pollo más ricas de todo México.That place serves the best chicken sandwiches in all of Mexico.
4. (culinary)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
a. omelet
Tomará una torta de tres huevos.He will have a three-egg omelet.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(hit)
a. slap (with an open hand)
Le pegó una torta a su hermano por decir una grosería.She slapped her brother for saying a bad word.
b. thump (blow)
Sentí una torta en la espalda cuando la rama se me cayó encima.I felt a thump on my back when the branch fell on me.
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