Chocolate Torte

Chocolate Torte

Erika L. Drapala 0

"A four layer dark chocolate torte with a cream cheese and cream frosting. This cake is a family tradition. Every occasion deserves a Chocolate Torte!"

Ingredients {{adjustedServings}} servings 181 cals

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Original recipe yields 24 servings



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  • Calories:
  • 181 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 8.8 g
  • 13%
  • Carbs:
  • 24.2g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 2.1 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 24 mg
  • 8%
  • Sodium:
  • 197 mg
  • 8%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Prepare and bake chocolate cake as directed on package. Bake in 2 - 9 inch round pans. Allow cakes to cool. When cakes are cool, cut each one in half with a long serrated knife, making four layers.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla. Beat until soft.
  3. In a separate bowl, whip cream to soft peaks, then fold into cream cheese mixture.
  4. Place the bottom layer of cake on the serving plate. Spread 1/4 of the filling on cake layer, then continue to stack up layers with 1/4 of the filling on each layer. Finish top with the final 1/4 of filling and grate the chocolate on top. Refrigerate for 6 hours before serving.
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  1. 64 Ratings


I lost the recipe I had for this cream cheese frosting/filling and found it here. I guess it's not my secret anymore! I use the filling (always a double batch) with any kind of cake, and layer it with fruit, usually strawberries or raspberries. To prevent the cake from absorbing the juice and color from the berries, I spread a thin layer of the frosting on the bottom of the cake layer before I put it on top of the fruit, which already sits on a thick layer of frosting. The raves I get from this are unbelievable. My nephew who doesn't eat desserts asked for a second helping. My boss--who is stingy with compliments--took a bite, stopped, forgot himself, and raved about it. And EVERYBODY asks for the recipe. When I offered the recipe for the filling only, they didn't understand. Use the filling with ANY cake, ANY fruit, or use your imagination with chocolate, nuts, or other flavors. Once the finished cake is refrigerated, the filling sets to a wonderful texture, lighter than your average frosting but firmer. If you want to impress somebody, use this filling.


I have made this cake twice now, and both times it was a big hit. Delicious, moist, not too sweet, and excellent presentation. Like others, I would just make a few minor modifications: (1) If you have the time, I recommend making the chocolate cake from scratch using the "Dark Chocolate Cake I" recipe from "Carol." You will either need to customize that recipe to make enough for two 9-inch round pans instead of the three called for, OR you can use the extra batter to make cupcakes! (2) As others have noted, you should absolutely double the other ingredients for the frosting. Otherwise there will not be enough to properly cover the top layer and sides. (3) I feel that one 1-ounce square of chocolate is not enough to make the shavings. I'd use two! Also, I've found that it helps to microwave (or otherwise warm) the chocolate before shaving, as this helps achieve the curls you want rather than just messy specks.

chibi chef

Used the Dark Chocolate Cake I recipe. The icing is really good, but I like my cakes to have more depth. So I played around with using coffee in the cake recipe to make a mocha cake, added chopped hazelnuts to the side, and topped with shaved chocolate.