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Southern Chocolate Torte Recipe

Southern Chocolate Torte Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 617 calories, 29 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 78 mg cholesterol, 531 mg sodium, 79 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.

Reviews for Southern Chocolate Torte

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Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

"Its also called a queen anne cake."

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"

Reviewed Jul. 12, 2011

"Very rich cake, though not very chocolatey."

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."

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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