Cappuccino Torte Recipe
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Cappuccino Torte Recipe

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Holidays are a time to spend with family and's also a chance to enjoy every bite of rich desserts like this! —Marcia Orlando, Boyertown, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 65 min. + chilling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 65 min. + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chocolate curls, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 764 calories, 58g fat (36g saturated fat), 213mg cholesterol, 269mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (54g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, combine the crumbs, sugar and butter; press onto the bottom of an ungreased 9-in. springform pan. Chill.
  2. For ganache, place chocolate chips in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Add butter and corn syrup; stir until smooth. Cool slightly, stirring occasionally. Pour over crust. Chill until firm, about 2 hours.
  3. For buttercream, dissolve coffee granules in hot water; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, bring brown sugar and water to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat. Add a small amount of hot mixture to egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2-5 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in dissolved coffee. Cool to room temperature.
  4. In a large bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Gradually beat in cooked sugar mixture. Beat on high for 2 minutes or until fluffy and light caramel-colored. Beat in cooled chocolate until blended. Spread over ganache layer. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  5. Several hours before serving, prepare coffee whipped cream. In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon cream and coffee; stir until coffee is dissolved. Beat in remaining cream until it begins to thicken. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form.
  6. Carefully run a knife around edge of springform pan to loosen; remove sides. Frost top of torte with whipped cream; garnish with chocolate curls if desired. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Cappuccino Torte in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2005, p89

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Cristalee 206854
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"I've made this twice now and both times it has turned out perfect. The texture is like silk melting in your mouth. It is a rich desert but not overwhelming. It's perfect for serving a large number of guests as a small piece goes a long way (20 people). I followed the recipe to a t and have had no issues."

sam2008 145277
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011

"This is not a quick and easy dessert to make but it's definitely worth it. It's so rich that the tiniest piece satisfies your craving for both chocolate and coffee."

bbstamper121 126507
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2011

"Excellent, very rich dessert but I wouldn't make it again once I realized the fat grams per serving. 58 grams is huge in a little slice! But we enjoyed it as a special treat."

natesgirltammy 57477
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2011

"the recipe for the topping was the only thing that didnt set. I made my own useing cool whip instant vanilla pudding mix and the instant coffee. everyone who tried it loved it."

lornelas 129582
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2011

"I agree with the previous review. The buttercream did not set up properly and had a "texture.""

mgiambri 145251
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2010

"there was a step left out in this recipe - the buttercream never set up as it should have - I believe you have to boil the sugar and water to a soft boil stage before you will have the buttercream set up properly - why have the editors not answered my e-mail"

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