This special-occasion cake impressed all who see and taste it. People are surprised to hear this torte starts with a simple cake mix...they're sure I bought it at a bakery. —Julie Hein, York, Pennsylvania
We always feel special when Mom brings out this delightful dessert, whether it's for a Sunday dinner or a holiday meal. You can't help but impress people when you set this lovely torte in front of them.
-Lisa Radelet, Boulder, Colorado
No one will guess that this tall, tiered cake isn't completely homemade. Chunky peanut butter is stirred into both the cake batter and the decadent chocolate ganache, giving each layer a rich, from-scratch taste. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
"The full-size version of this recipe caught my eye many years ago because it uses apple cider," shares Karla Stichter of New Paris, Indiana. "My father has a small orchard and we all help pick, wash and sort the apples before they're pressed into cider. We all love this delicious cake."
"When my mother-in-law first served this torte, I thought it was the prettiest dessert I ever saw," recalls Betty Tabb of Mifflintown, Pennsylvania. "Not only does it keep well in the freezer, but different flavors of sherbet can be used to reflect the colors of the season."
This impressive-looking dessert is surprisingly simple to prepare. Light and refreshing, it's a super make-ahead treat- the flavor gets getter as it sits in the refrigerator. I've had many requests for the recipe.
This recipe was handed down from my German grandma. She took great pride in serving this delicate dessert. Whenever I make it, I'm filled with warm memories of childhood.
-Diane Krisman, Hales Corners, Wisconsin
When you really want to impress someone, this scrumptious torte is just the thing to make! Instant coffee granules give the moist chocolate cake a mild mocha flavor…while the fluffy whipped cream layers, blended with brown sugar and crunchy toffee bits, are deliciously rich. —Lynn Rogers, Richfield, North Carolina