Thursday, March 10, 2011

Black Forest Torte

I found this recipe around Christmas time and I was gonna make it and then I forgot about it and couldn't make a good enough excuse to make it for just us to eat. Reece's group served last night so I decided to try it out. Oh yum! It was still good even tho' I had a short circuit in my brain and destroyed one of the layers by holding it on my oven mitt for too long wondering where I should put it. *Note: Do not hold cakes hot out of the oven on just one hand while you change your mind about where to set said cake to cool. It kinda destroys half the layer. And I didn't decide to post the recipe on here until it was already mixed up. Please forgive me if you like seeing raw eggs in a Bosch or something.

Here the batter is all mixed up, ready to be divided in the pans. The recipe says to use 4, 9" cake pans but due to the fact I only have 2, I just baked the layers in 2 batches. :D

First two greased, floured pans ready to go in the oven.

I was in a big huge flaming hurry to get this done so we wouldn't be late for church and trying to help mom make supper at the same time so I forgot to take pictures of the fillings before I stuck them on the cakes. And trust me. You wouldn't have WANTED to see what that one poor layer looked like after it was baked! But, I hid it on the bottom and filled in it's gaps with filling and nobody knew the difference! LOL! Here's with the first chocolate layer, whipped topping layer, and the top layer of chocolate.

You drooling yet?

And lastly on top of this wonderful thing, you're supposed to put chocolate curls. Ha. I don't know HOW to make chocolate CURLS. And I didn't have time to worry about it last night either. So my Torte got chocolate shavings/microscopic slivers. I shall learn the proper way before I make it again. sigh... Here's the recipe. As usual I changed some things. LOL!

1  3/4 C. flour
1  3/4 C. sugar
1  1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
2/3 C. softened butter
4 (1 oz.) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
1  1/4 C. water
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
*5 oz. of your favorite baking chocolate*
3/4 C. butter, softened
2 C. whipping cream
1 T. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

*I think I used Hershey's baking chocolate, but I can't remember, because that was one of the chocolate bars that I rescued form Rosie's bed that she had stolen from my grocery bag before I could get all the groceries put away, and I stuck it in a Ziploc bag so it wouldn't die on me before I needed it. Therefore I can't remember the brand.*

Beat all cake ingredients except eggs at low speed to blend, then beat for 2 minutes at medium speed, scraping the bowl often. Add the eggs and beat for 2 more minutes on medium speed. Pour 1/4 of the batter (about 1  1/2 cups) into each of 4 greased and floured 9" cake pans, or bake it in 2 batches like I had to do, using only 2 pans. Smooth it all around all nice and purty. Layers will be thin! Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.Cool slightly and remove from pans.

For the chocolate filling, melt the chocolate, cool slightly and beat together with the softened butter. If it's a little too runny stick it in the fridge for a few minutes.

For the cream filling, put the whipping cream, vanilla and sugar in a large bowl and whip until stiff peaks form.

To assemble, place one cake layer on your serving pan. (Preferably the one you destroyed the most.) Spread with half of the chocolate filling. Top with second layer of cake and spread that with half of the cream filling. Repeat layers. Do not frost sides. Make chocolate curls unless you're like me and then use microscopic chocolate shaving thingies that look like dust. Garnish with whole raw almonds. Refrigerate until serving. Or if you live in MN in the wintertime you can put it in your cake carrier thing from Tupperware and set it out on the porch until you leave for church. :D

Oh! I just remembered an idea I had! What do you think this stuff would be like if you substituted MINT instead of the vanilla in the whipped topping! OH YUM!!!!!! !!!   !!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!


  1. Oh boy! THIS is not diet friendly!!! Ugh! I want to lick the computer screen!

  2. One question Ronda!! how to you stay so stinken skinny with all these mouth watering recipes??

  3. Ummm... well... sorry, I guess it's the Stenersen genes. :D