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Chocolate Torte

 Chocolate Torte
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!
10-12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure 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
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • 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;

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Chocolate Torte (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • add to creamed mixture alternately with cocoa mixture. Beat until
  • smooth.
  • 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.
  • In a bowl, beat cream, confectioners' sugar and vanilla on high speed
  • until soft peaks form. Chill until firm.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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.