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Mocha Cream Torte

My guests never guess that this impressive chocolate dessert relies on a packaged cake mix. Mocha flavor and cream cheese frosting make it special. —Mary Lonse, Chatfield, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12-16 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon mocha-flavored coffee drink mix
  • 1 package dark chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons mocha-flavored coffee drink mix
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar


  • Grease and flour three 9-in. round baking pans. Line bottoms with waxed paper; grease and flour the paper. In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, brown sugar, butter, walnuts and drink mix; press into prepared pans.
  • Prepare cake batter according to package directions; pour over prepared crusts. Bake according to package directions. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Remove waxed paper.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, sour cream and drink mix until fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar; beat until smooth.
  • Place one cake layer, crunchy side up, on a serving plate. Spread with 3/4 cup frosting. Repeat with remaining layers and frosting. Store in the refrigerator.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Pillsbury dark chocolate cake mix.

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