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Chocolate Bavarian Torte Recipe

Chocolate Bavarian Torte Recipe

Whenever I take this eye-catching torte to a potluck, I get so many requests for the recipe. —Edith Holmstrom, Madison, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 2 tablespoons grated semisweet chocolate


  • 1. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two 9-in. round baking pans. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and salt until smooth. Fold in cream.
  • 3. Cut each cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; top with a fourth of the cream mixture. Sprinkle with a fourth of the chocolate. Repeat layers three times. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Yield: 12 servings.

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Idahogem1 User ID: 4985974 224711
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2015

"This was really tasty! My cakes came out a bit flat and broke apart a bit when I took them out of the pan so I made the ingredients into a Trifle instead. It was still a hit with everyone and my company took some home!"

janrose User ID: 5082520 220317
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2015

"I can't use whipping cream could I use Cool Whip in place of?"

immom10 User ID: 5728997 220181
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2015

"I LOVE this recipe. My grandchildren call this "Ding Dong cake" and it's always a winner! The filling really MAKES this cake a success!"

ConnieSue64 User ID: 7114251 218206
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"I LOVED this cake!!!! The cream filling could be eaten by the table spoon!! I made a big one using two cake mixes, using 10 inch pans! Beautiful!!"

MariaFair User ID: 4336877 10350
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2014


judontmesswithme User ID: 7075186 16505
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"My favorite cake so far. This was incredibly easy to make, and the family loved it. It took only a few ingredients, so it didn't cost much, and it wasn't even time consuming. The taste of outstanding. I seriously only got one small piece and the cake was gone."

redowls User ID: 6825394 5436
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2013

"Unbelievably good! I only had 1/4 cup brown sugar and it still came out great. The taste reminds my family of an ice cream sandwich. Next time will play around with different flavors for the whipped cream - anxious to try almond or hazelnut."

marnie0621 User ID: 6760809 8416
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"Very easy to make- but very impressive. I made this cake several years ago, and lost it so I was very happy to find it online. Just remember it needs a day to set before serving!"

SandraLR User ID: 1310235 5435
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2012

"I have made this cake over and over. One of my son's now says this is his favorite cake. It is also one of my favorites. However, the recipe in "The First 10 Years" cookbook has 2/3 cup brown sugar. I can't imagine the same taste only using 1/3 cup as states in the above recipe. Its the brown sugar that gives it the unique taste."

Sandy369 User ID: 1844374 10463
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2012

"I have been making this cake since it came out in the magazine ! It is my go to cake for the perfect ending to any meal. It is now officially known as the birthday cake only because my husband and I can't eat it quick enough, our boys and grandkids come home for it ! awesome"

ljs817 User ID: 2463205 10275
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"This is the best cake ever. Very light cake and the frostings not to sweet. I just make it a triple layer cake and then you don't have to cut the layers. Have made many times and will again."

momof5kids User ID: 5818287 9424
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"Made with white cake mix, left off the chocolate and served with a triple-berry sauce. Yum!"

blhenn User ID: 5747906 9355
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"Wow this is so good. I had to google the difference between a torte and a cake but wow is this good. It's easy because it's a box cake mix but the topping is amazing! It's really fluffy when you put it on but once you refrigerate it, it's stiffens up a bit. I added red food coloring to the topping and made it for valentines day. It looks really good with pink topping and the chocolate shavings."

frizzie.lizzie User ID: 4548459 8415
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2010

"This recipe got rave reviews from my husband's office when I made it for him to take in on Boss's Day. Because it was the first time I ever made it and you OBVIOUSLY can't deliver a cake with a chunk taken out of it, I hadn't tried it before the luncheon. When I started receiving messages about how wonderful it was I stopped in to visit and had a piece. What a delicious and easy recipe! I will most definitely make it again!"

sipper User ID: 3152320 18907
Reviewed May. 15, 2010

"So easy and so good! Great make ahead dessert. Tasters always request the recipe and can't believe it's so simple. My 10 yr old granddaughter just made it for Mothers' Day"

kayakbabe1 User ID: 1292154 10274
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2010

"A fancy cake with relative ease in making and always a big hit with family and friends...I highly recommend it."

chazsue User ID: 2101808 10272
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"Because this starts with a boxed mix, it is easy to make, but very delicious. I've made it several times and it has always gotten wonderful reviews. While it may bring back memories of a Devil Dog, it is MUCH better tasting! Moist and delicious. You won't be disappointed."

mrplourde User ID: 2581411 8414
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2009

"This recipe is excellent and very easy to make. I've also dressed it up at Valentine's Day with chocolate covered strawberries on top instead of chocolate shavings. Hugh success!!"

unicornpc User ID: 3293150 5432
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2008

"We enjoyed this torte very much. For those of you who can remember the taste of the small hot dog shaped cake with a cream filling called a Devel Dog, then this will bring back memories."

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