Elegant Chocolate Torte Recipe
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Elegant Chocolate Torte Recipe

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When I want to serve a really special dessert, I turn to this recipe. The tender, four-layer chocolate cake has a yummy pudding-like filling. Instead of the whipped cream frosting, you could use chocolate-flavored whipped topping. —Lois Gallup Edwards, Woodland, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-3/4 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 456 calories, 20g fat (12g saturated fat), 126mg cholesterol, 367mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (47g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. For filling, in a small saucepan, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Stir in milk and syrup until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Remove from heat. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Cool to room temperature, stirring often.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Stir in vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with syrup and water. Beat just until combined.
  4. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
  5. Cut each cake in half horizontally. Place one bottom layer on a serving plate; spread with a third of the filling. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining cake. In a large bowl, beat frosting ingredients until stiff peaks form; spread or pipe over top and sides of cake. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Elegant Chocolate Torte in Taste of Home October/November 2007, p27

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MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 248582
Reviewed May. 24, 2016

"I made this cake exactly as written and it turned out beautifully. Not only pretty but delicious. I will be making this cake again and again. I highly recommend this recipe as a Volunteer Field Editor."

clayandjess User ID: 2965666 172906
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"I am so confused! I keep reading the directions over and over. My son and I followed the directions to a "T"... And our cake is completely flat and mushy- plus it ran all over the oven and is stuck all over my racks and the bottom of the oven. ALL I can think is maybe the chocolate syrup I used was incorrect??? I used Hershey's Syrup Genuine chocolate Flavor... HELP! So, so disappointed."

pamsterhamster User ID: 2978210 155646
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2014

"This is a favorite birthday cake at my office."

mrsknielsen User ID: 6371779 168196
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2011

"So, yummy. I had some issues with the filling being runny...and then it oozed everywhere when I was stacking it. Any tips? Or am I just an inexperienced cake baker?"

juicyfruit007 User ID: 1404522 98830
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2011

"Very good. I made this for my husband's birthday because he does not like rich frosting. I thought the filling was great, and the cake and frosting were OK, but put all together the sum of the parts was really delicious, ESPECIALLY when eaten with ice cream. Will make again."

txbakemom User ID: 5956767 134391
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2011

"I have made this cake for birthdays and holidays and it keeps getting requested by family and coworkers. It is sort of a pain to make but oh so worth the hassle! I love this cake!!!! DELICIOUS!!"

mdubois User ID: 2195729 169827
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2010

"This is the best chocolate cake I have ever made. It is a hit with everyone."

MrsLiles User ID: 463549 78421
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2010

"So so good. I can't wait to have a reason to make this again."

DonnaB213 User ID: 951540 157453
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2008

"Hi skfptl,

You wanted to know how to make chocolate curls on top of a cake?  All you do is get a chocolate bar and use a vegetable peeler and draw against the edge.  With practice you can do really long pretty curls.  Good luck!  :)"

d-ice User ID: 3050372 169663
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2008

"it's so good! i share a birthday party with my mother and sister so we usually have more than one cake. everyone at the party loved it. i modified it a bit by only using the two cakes instead of cutting them both in half because i was worried i would masacre them. it still came out great."

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