Chocolate Espresso-Nut Torte

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling


14 servings

Updated: Jun. 17, 2023
I love chocolate and nuts, and they come together deliciously in this torte. Serve it with sweetened whipped cream or your favorite ice cream. —Thomas Faglon, Somerset, New Jersey
Chocolate Espresso-Nut Torte Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon baking cocoa
  • 1 cup hazelnuts, toasted and skins removed
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds, toasted


  1. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Line the bottom of a greased 9-in springform pan with waxed paper; grease the paper and dust with cocoa.
  2. Place hazelnuts and brown sugar in a food processor; cover and process until ground. In a second large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the melted chocolate, espresso powder, extract and salt. Gradually add hazelnut mixture.
  3. In the first large bowl, with clean beaters beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter. Spread into prepared pan. Place pan on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool on a wire rack to room temperature. Remove side of pan and invert onto a serving plate.
  5. To make ganache, place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool, stirring occasionally, to room temperature or until ganache reaches a spreading consistency, about 30 minutes.
  6. Spread ganache over top and side of cake; press almonds around the side. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 387 calories, 32g fat (13g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 118mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 4g fiber), 7g protein.