Southern Chocolate Torte Recipe
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Southern Chocolate Torte Recipe

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This towering torte takes guests' breath away every time! It's my most-requested cake recipe, has an unforgettable frosting and makes a grand showpiece for any holiday spread.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package Swiss chocolate or devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 10 milk chocolate candy bars with almonds (1.45 ounces each), divided
  • 1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 617 calories, 29g fat (15g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 531mg sodium, 79g carbohydrate (56g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, sift the cake and pudding mixes. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and oil. Add to dry ingredients; beat until well blended.
  2. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 20-25 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.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugars until smooth. Finely chop eight candy bars; stir into cream cheese mixture. Fold in whipped topping.
  4. Spread frosting on cake plate, between layers and over the top and sides of the cake. Chop the remaining candy bars; sprinkle over top and along bottom edge of cake. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Southern Chocolate Torte in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2004, p47

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brandli5 User ID: 5645221 224554
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

"Its also called a queen anne cake."

gingerriss User ID: 4959883 136602
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

"I didnt add the chocolate chunks and it still turned out WONDERFUL. The cake was super super moist and the icing was not to sweet. LOVED IT"

BakinGymnast User ID: 5767825 151221
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2011

"Very rich cake, though not very chocolatey."

Jenaz User ID: 5468250 61346
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"I love this cake. Easy to make and it tastes amazing!!! Just need small slices though because it is so rich."

rn1981 User ID: 5274110 133755
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2010

"This is a scrumptious dessert and easy to make. My family and friends give this dessert their highest rating! Decadent is the word they use to describe it!"

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