Sunday, October 17, 2010

Chocolate Cream Filled Torte


I will wholeheartedly admit that I am addicted to chocolate. Milk chocolate will do but to really get me going I want the bitterness of darker chocolate.

This recipe is one of those that looks complicated but is so easy and will give the chocolate lover just what they are looking for. The richness of the torte does not require a large piece so it will serve many.

This isn't a dessert you want to take to a picnic because the cream filling does need refrigeration. If not you will find your layers sliding apart and very difficult to slice.

You will need: (I doubled the recipe and used the large pound cake for mine.)

1 frozen pound cake (10 3/4 oz), thawed
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 cup (1/2 pint) cold whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
Chocolate glaze recipe

Cut cake horizontally to make four layers. Don't worry if the layers aren't even. I used a cake leveler to slice mine but a long bread knife will work also.
Stir together sugar and cocoa in a medium bowl. Add whipping cream and vanilla.
Beat until very stiff.
It should actually be a little stiffer than what the picture above shows, but I was trying to rush myself.
Place bottom cake layer on a serving platter. Spread 1/3 of the cream mixture on it.
Repeat twice.
Top with last layer. Perfection is not necessary and cream coming out of the sides is wonderful.

To make the glaze: (again, I doubled these amounts for the larger cake)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons cocoa
2 tablespoons water
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add cocoa and water. Cook over low heat until smooth and slightly thick. This happens pretty fast.
Remove from heat and gradually add in powdered sugar beating after each addition.
Add vanilla. Whisk until smooth. Pour over layers.
My glaze got a little thick to pour because I was pausing to take pictures. It should run down the sides, not cover completely.

A wonderful garnish is strawberries. You could also use almonds or any fruit that you think goes nicely with chocolate.

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