This is a great showpiece and a delight to eat.

Carol
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Cake:
Mocha Cream Filling and Frosting:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 8-inch round cake pans.

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  • Beat egg whites in mixing bowl until medium-stiff peaks form; set aside. Sift together flour and cocoa powder; whisk in ground pecans and set aside.

  • In a separate bowl, beat egg yolks; mix in 2/3 cup sugar, vanilla, and 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules and beat well. Fold yolk mixture into egg whites. Gently fold in flour, cocoa, and pecan mixture. Spread batter into prepared pans.

  • Bake in preheated oven until cake springs back when lightly touched with a finger and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cakes cool slightly, then remove from pans to cool completely on wire racks.

  • To Make Mocha Cream: Dissolve 1 tablespoon coffee granules in boiling water. Cool. Beat whipping cream and 2 tablespoons of sugar together in a cold mixing bowl until stiff. Mix in cooled coffee.

  • Fill and frost cake with Mocha Cream and garnish with pecan halves. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Cook's Note:

If you like, you can use a long serrated knife to trim the tops of the cakes to make them more even before filling and frosting the layers.

Nutrition Facts

345.6 calories; 5.9 g protein; 20.9 g carbohydrates; 156.8 mg cholesterol; 47 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
09/19/2003
I have never made a torte before so I didn't know exactly what to expect but I liked the results. I did expect it to be a little moister but that will probably get better as I practice this recipe more. I also added shredded coconut and pecan halves to the bottom of each cake pan before pouring in the batter. That and the icing really made this cake! I took it in to work today and even though cakes aren't normally a big hit at my office this one was completely gone at the end of the day. All the guys were ready to propose to me! haha Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/07/2008
This recipe did not work so well for me. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out super dry and kind of bland. I would make some changes before I ever made this one again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/19/2003
I have never made a torte before so I didn't know exactly what to expect but I liked the results. I did expect it to be a little moister but that will probably get better as I practice this recipe more. I also added shredded coconut and pecan halves to the bottom of each cake pan before pouring in the batter. That and the icing really made this cake! I took it in to work today and even though cakes aren't normally a big hit at my office this one was completely gone at the end of the day. All the guys were ready to propose to me! haha Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/07/2008
This recipe did not work so well for me. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out super dry and kind of bland. I would make some changes before I ever made this one again. Read More
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