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!

Advertisement

Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

    Advertisement
  • In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla. Beat until soft.

  • In a separate bowl, whip cream to soft peaks, then fold into cream cheese mixture.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

180.6 calories; 2.1 g protein; 24.2 g carbohydrates; 23.9 mg cholesterol; 196.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (55)

Read More Reviews

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2004
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. Read More
(51)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/21/2005
I made this for dessert for Christmas. We celebrated 1 week early. Everyone was in love with the meal. All receipes from here. But disappointed in the torte. Sorry but NO FLAVOR! That was the major complaint. I was embarassed to make such a dessert that no one liked! I will not make it again. I was not impressed! Read More
(5)
67 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 48
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2004
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. Read More
(51)
Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2004
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. Read More
(51)
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2003
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. Read More
(36)
Advertisement
Rating: 4 stars
09/02/2008
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. Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2008
I made this cake for my husband's birthday and he loved it. This was my first attempt at homemade cake and I think I did pretty good. Like another reviewer for the cake portion I used the recipe for Dark Chocolate Cake I by Carol. Next time I will double the filling I did not have enough and ended up making whipped cream for part of inside layer. The filling is the best! Read More
(23)
Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2005
A solid pleases everyone chocolate cake with yummy frosting. Not something I would make to impress company with my baking prowess but it DID get devoured. MAKE 1 AND 1/2 THE FROSTING (doubling it as suggested below is waaay too much - and i love frosting. 1.5 is just right!) Read More
(13)
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2009
This is simply delicious! So easy to make and looks beautiful. Others have said not enough filling but I felt it was the perfect amount! I have tried other torte recipes and I finally figured out an easy way to split the layers...I used a wooden spoon laying behind the cake and rested the knife edge on it then as I cut I "spun" the cake and it was a perfect cut! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2003
Delicious! Both rich tasting and light textured. I used a butter recipe fudge cake mix for the cake. I think next time I will double the filling recipe. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2002
Fabulous! It looked like a bakery cake and tasted wonderful very moist and rich. I doubled the amount of filling as others suggested. I will definitely make this again. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
07/02/2012
I was so nervous about making this cake. It was for my brother's bday and I had never made a torte and I am NOT a professional cake decorator by any means. So I was really nervous about it looking good. I doubled the filling (except for the brown sugar which I did 1.5 the amount) and it came out perfect not too sweet. I made it the day before and chilled it in the fridge so it would be firm. For the cake mix I used strong coffee instead of water to bring out the chocolate flavor and added chocolate chips. The cake was so fudgy and moist and the filling complimented it beautifully. I also layered in sliced strawberries. Cutting the two cakes in half was not the most fun lol. But the cake turned out gorgeous! Everyone raved about how it looked and tasted. My brother said it was the best bday cake he'd ever had:) Read More
(7)
Rating: 2 stars
12/21/2005
I made this for dessert for Christmas. We celebrated 1 week early. Everyone was in love with the meal. All receipes from here. But disappointed in the torte. Sorry but NO FLAVOR! That was the major complaint. I was embarassed to make such a dessert that no one liked! I will not make it again. I was not impressed! Read More
(5)