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Chocolate Torte Recipe
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Chocolate Torte Recipe

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Mom's three-layer chocolate cake was always perfect with it's delicious whipped cream filling and a yummy chocolate frosting. Making this from scratch cake is well worth the effort--just ask any chocolate lover!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 857 calories, 48 g fat (29 g saturated fat), 193 mg cholesterol, 668 mg sodium, 105 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 8 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in vanilla. Whisk cocoa and water until smooth. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with cocoa mixture. Beat until smooth.
  2. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks.
  3. In a bowl, beat cream, confectioners' sugar and vanilla on high speed until soft peaks form. Chill until firm.
  4. In a saucepan, melt chips and butter over medium heat; stir in cream. Remove from the heat; stir in confectioners' sugar. Chill for at least 1 hour or until completely cooled. Beat with electric mixer to achieve spreadable consistency.
  5. Spread half of the filling over one cake layer; top with second layer and remaining filling. Top with third layer; frost top and sides of cake. Chill for 2 hours before cutting. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Torte in Taste of Home April/May 2005, p35

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Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015

"Best chocolate cake I have ever made!!!!!"

Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"After the first bites of this cake, my husband and son declared it the new favorite cake in my house. My son already ordered it for his birthday."

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"Very good cake, but I had a hard time getting the filling to stay in the middle. It oozed out the sides making it difficult to frost."

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2010

"I think I may have over mixed the filling because the heavy whipping cream mixture turned to butter! Other wise a very good cake.."

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2010

"One of the best chocolate cakes ever. The frosting looks like a mistake about half way through, but keep going and follow the directions. It is one of the best chocolate frosting recipes I have ever had"

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