Chocolate-Espresso Torte with Raspberry Sauce


A dense and chocolaty torte made without flour, and served with and exquisite mixed berry sauce.

Additional Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
12 servings


  • 1 ½ cups butter or margarine, cut into chunks

  • ¾ pound bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped

  • ½ cup espresso (see notes)

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 6 large eggs

  • 5 cups raspberries, rinsed

  • 1 marionberries or blackberries

  • 8 sprigs Fresh mint sprigs, rinsed


  1. Butter and flour an 8-inch cheese-cake pan.

  2. In a 3- to 4-quart pan over low heat, frequently stir chocolate, 1 1/2 cups butter, espresso, and 3/4 cup sugar just until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth, 12 to 15 minutes.

  3. In a bowl, beat eggs to blend. Whisk in chocolate mixture until well blended. Pour into cheesecake pan.

  4. Bake torte in a 350 degree regular or convection oven until center barely jiggles when pan is gently shaken, about 40 minutes. Let cool on a rack for 30 minutes (center of torte will sink), then chill until cold, at least 1 1/2 hours.

  5. Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, whirl 1 quart raspberries until smooth. Rub puree through a fine strainer into a bowl; discard seeds. Stir 1/4 cup sugar into raspberry puree; taste, and add more sugar if desired.

  6. Spoon raspberry sauce equally onto plates. Run a knife between torte and pan rim; remove rim. Cut torte into wedges. Arrange a wedge on sauce on each plate. Scatter remaining 1 cup raspberries and marionberries over desserts, and garnish with mint sprigs.


If you don't have an espresso machine, buy prepared espresso from a coffee shop or use strong brewed coffee: Pour 3/4 cup hot (about 195 degrees) water through 1/3 cup ground coffee in a filter cone.

If making torte and sauce up to 1 day ahead, chill separately airtight. Serve with scoops of lemon sherbet.

Reprinted with permission of Sunset(R) magazine. All rights reserved.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

488 Calories
35g Fat
39g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 488
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 21g 106%
Cholesterol 155mg 52%
Sodium 201mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 14mg 71%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 243mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.