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Chocolate Mocha Torte

A mocha filling is spread between the layers of this decadent chocolate cake that's piled high with flavor.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • CAKE:
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 teaspoons baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • Pecan halves, optional


  • For cake, make a paste of cocoa and water; cool and set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Blend in cocoa mixture. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  • Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For filling, in a saucepan, combine flour and milk until smooth. Bring to a boil over low heat; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; cool.
  • Meanwhile, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Dissolve coffee in water; add to creamed mixture along with cocoa, vanilla and cooled milk mixture. Beat until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Fold in nuts.
  • Cut each cake into two horizontal layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; top with a third of the filling. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining cake layer.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, cream shortening and butter until light and fluffy. Add the milk, water, vanilla, salt and half of the confectioners' sugar; mix well. Beat in the remaining confectioners' sugar until smooth and fluffy. Spread frosting between layers and over the top and sides of cake. Garnish with pecan halves if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 660 calories, 35g fat (16g saturated fat), 89mg cholesterol, 457mg sodium, 84g carbohydrate (62g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • squeakymouse
    Jun 19, 2016

    My husband loved the cake, made for his birthday last year. The sides of the cake need to be piped but there's not enough frosting to do so. Next time I'll increase the frosting.

  • TessaMB
    Dec 2, 2013

    Impressive looking and delicious. Mine was not quite as pretty, my frosting skills leave a little to be desired, but it tasted great. It used up quite a few dishes in its preparation, but the result was worth it. My favorite part is the filling. I did have to alter the recipe a little. When I added the additional confectioners sugar as asked for in the recipe, the frosting became very chunky and mortar like. I added more evaporated milk until the frosting was the consistency that I wanted. Other than that, great recipe!

  • Sascha18
    Dec 11, 2009

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  • suzwillson
    Sep 27, 2006

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