Black Forest Torte

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


12-16 servings

Updated: Sep. 25, 2022
Looking for a surefire way to impress guests? Present this eye-catching torte! It features a moist chocolate cake and both a rich chocolate filling and a smooth cream filling.—Glatis McNiel, Constantine, Michigan


  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 bars (4 ounces each) German sweet chocolate, divided
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Line two greased 9-in. round baking pans with waxed paper, set aside. In a heavy saucepan or microwave, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth and cool. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and baking powder. Add the chocolate mixture, water and vanilla. Beat on low speed for 1 minute; beat on medium for 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  2. Pour into the prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For chocolate filling, melt 1-1/2 bars of German chocolate in a heavy saucepan or microwave; stir until smooth. Stir in butter and nuts. Watching closely, cool filling just until it reaches spreading consistency. For cream filling, beat cream in a chilled large bowl until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form.
  4. Split each cake into two horizontal layers. Place one layer on a serving plate; cover with half of the chocolate filling. Top with a second cake layer; spread on half of the cream filling. Repeat layers. Grate remaining German chocolate; sprinkle on the top. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 452 calories, 34g fat (19g saturated fat), 124mg cholesterol, 292mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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