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Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Filling

 Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Filling
"When our daughter requested this fancy layered cake for her birthday, I was afraid it would be difficult to make," writes Rosemary Ford Vinson of El Cajon, California. "But it's so easy! Everyone oohs and aahs at how pretty it is."
12 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup cold milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • Fresh mint and additional raspberries, optional

Directions

  • Prepare the cake according to package directions. Pour into three
  • greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for
  • 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes
  • out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire
  • racks to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Combine milk and
  • pudding mix; beat into cream cheese until smooth. Fold in whipped
  • topping and raspberries.
  • Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread with half of the
  • filling. Repeat layers. Top with remaining cake; dust with
  • confectioners' sugar. Garnish with mint and raspberries if desired.
  • Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12 servings.

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