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Easter Nest Torte Recipe

Easter Nest Torte Recipe

In this delectable dessert, a luscious cake layer nestles rich mousse and chocolate "twigs." —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:12-14 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1-1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 3 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 7 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 20 to 30 small candy Easter eggs


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • 2. Spread into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Remove sides and bottom of pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • 3. From a large sheet of waxed paper, cut a 29x5-in. strip. Fold strip lengthwise in half. Place strip on a large sheet of waxed paper on a work surface. Spread melted chocolate evenly along one long edge of waxed paper strip; spread upward, making a wavy line to within 1/2 in. of other long edge. Let stand for 10-30 minutes until chocolate begins to set but is still pliable.
  • 4. Carefully lift waxed paper strip and wrap chocolate strip around cake with straight edge on the bottom. Do not remove waxed paper. Refrigerate until chilled. Meanwhile, cover three baking sheets with waxed paper. Drizzle remaining melted chocolate from a spatula over waxed paper in both directions. Chill for 10 minutes. Peel off waxed paper; break chocolate into 2- to 3-in. "twigs"; set aside.
  • 5. For filling, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar and cornstarch. Stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until slightly thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.
  • 6. In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over water; let stand for 1 minute. Stir into custard until gelatin is dissolved. Add chopped chocolate; stir until smooth. Cover surface with plastic wrap; cool to room temperature.
  • 7. In a large bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form; fold into chocolate mixture. Carefully spoon over top of cake. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until set. Remove waxed paper strip from side of cake. Position chocolate "twigs" around top of cake to create a nest. Arrange candy eggs in center. Yield: 12-14 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 426 calories, 28g fat (16g saturated fat), 126mg cholesterol, 177mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.

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exermom User ID: 3731826 140297
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2014

"I';m thinking that I'll melt a bag of chocolate chips, Put some of the melted chocolate on one Twix bar and use that all around the edge instead of the chocolate strip. I can then use some of the extra melted chocolate for the "twigs" Do you think that'll work? Like the idea of adding Peeps. Thanks for telling me that it can be frozen. Only gave it one star because I didn't try his yet, but wanted to get this question to post"

reese001 User ID: 6792473 125694
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"What's been changed? I'm trying to read the reviews and all it will let me do is rate it."

KScales User ID: 3262967 64817
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"In the ingredient list for the filling, there should only be 3 egg yolks (not 3 whole eggs). We apologize for this error and it will be corrected soon.

Taste of Home Test Kitchen"

Aspenmarie User ID: 5949381 56681
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2011

"Great presentation - fun to make! Added PeePs to the eggs and it added to the fun!"

joyful54 User ID: 5944656 146510
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2011

"The recipe called for 3 beaten eggs, but in the directions it says egg yolks, so I had already used the whole egg. The cake didn't raise very much at all. I probably waited too long to put the chocolate strip around the cake, but mine did crack. It does look pretty, but I am not sure how well you will be able to cut through chocolate rim when you are ready to serve it."

FilmFreak933 User ID: 2450001 140293
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"This is very rich. The texture didn't turn out as smooth as I'd like, and the recipe is fairly time-consuming."

keepinyouinstitches User ID: 2668277 151551
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2010

"It turned out beautiful! Defnitely be sure you set aside plenty of time to work on this, it takes some focus, but it is well worth it. I prepared the cake part earlier in the day, then later I did the mousse and finished it."

jena610louise User ID: 3540021 64816
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2010

"I have not made the torte itself, but I took the idea for the nest and used it on cupcakes. Turned out really cute!"

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 56677
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2010

"This cake is excellent and so easy to make, it's a keeper, for sure. My family loves it for easter and we use it every year."

lulu17 User ID: 4337703 56674
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2009


lulu17 User ID: 4337703 140296
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2009

"looks difficult but good and cute"

4friends User ID: 1703085 151548
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2009

" Is it ok to freeze this torte so one can prepare it ahead of time

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