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Black Forest Torte

 Black Forest Torte
Looking for a surefire way to impress guests? Present this eye-catching torte! It features a moist chocolate cake and both a rich chocolate filling and a smooth cream filling.—Glatis McNiel, Constantine, Michigan
12-16 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1-1/3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • CHOCOLATE FILLING:
  • 2 bars (4 ounces each) German sweet chocolate, divided
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • CREAM FILLING:
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Line two greased 9-in. round baking pans with waxed paper, set aside.
  • In a heavy saucepan or microwave, melt butter and chocolate; stir
  • until smooth and cool. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar,
  • baking soda and baking powder. Add the chocolate mixture, water and

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Directions (continued)

  • vanilla. Beat on low speed for 1 minute; beat on medium for 2
  • minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Pour into the prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or
  • until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before
  • removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For chocolate filling, melt 1-1/2 bars of German chocolate in a heavy
  • saucepan or microwave; stir until smooth. Stir in butter and nuts.
  • Watching closely, cool filling just until it reaches spreading
  • consistency. For cream filling, beat cream in a chilled large bowl
  • until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla;
  • beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Split each cake into two horizontal layers. Place one layer on a
  • serving plate; cover with half of the chocolate filling. Top with a
  • second cake layer; spread on half of the cream filling. Repeat
  • layers. Grate remaining German chocolate; sprinkle on the top. Store
  • in the refrigerator. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 452 calories, 34 g fat (19 g saturated fat), 124 mg cholesterol, 292 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.