Chocolate-Walnut Torte

Chocolate-Walnut Torte

Layer upon layer of rich dark cocoa cake filled with light and fluffy whipped cream, this chocolate-walnut torte is a chocolate lover's dream!

Prep Time

1:00

Hr:Mins

Total Time

5:20

Hrs:Mins

Makes

16

servings

Topping
1 1/2
cups chopped walnuts
1 1/2
cups crushed vanilla wafer cookies (38 cookies)
1
cup packed brown sugar
1
cup butter or margarine, melted
Cake
2 1/4
cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 2/3
cups granulated sugar
2/3
cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1 1/4
teaspoons baking soda
1
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon baking powder
3/4
cup shortening
1 1/4
cups water
1
teaspoon vanilla
2
eggs
Filling
1 1/2
cups whipping cream
3
tablespoons granulated sugar
1
teaspoon vanilla
Chocolate Leaves, if desired
5
to 6 fresh nonpoisonous (unsprayed) leaves (such as lemon, grape or rose leaves) or pliable plastic leaves
1/4
cup semisweet chocolate chips or 1 oz semisweet baking chocolate
1/2
teaspoon shortening
  1. Heat over to 350°F. Place cooking parchment paper or waxed paper in bottoms of two 9-inch round cake pans. In medium bowl, mix walnuts, crushed cookies, brown sugar and butter until crumbly. Spread about 3/4 cup mixture in each pan; reserve remaining mixture.
  2. In large bowl, beat all cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour about 1 1/4 cups batter over topping in each pan; refrigerate remaining batter.
  3. Bake about 20 minutes or until tops spring back when touched lightly. Immediately remove from pans to cooling rack; peel off paper. Repeat with remaining topping mixture and batter. Cool completely.
  4. In chilled large bowl, beat whipping cream, granulated sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on high speed until stiff. Place 1 cake layer, walnut side up, on serving plate; spread with about 3/4 cup of the filling. Repeat with remaining layers and filling.
  5. Or place whipped cream for top layer in decorating bag fitted with star tip number 6. Pipe rosettes in center of cake; garnish with chocolate leaves. To make chocolate leaves, wash and dry leaves. In 1-quart saucepan, melt chocolate chips and shortening over low heat, stirring constantly. Using small brush, brush chocolate about 1/8 inch thick over backs of leaves. Refrigerate at least 1 hour until firm. Peel off leaves, handling as little as possible. Cover and refrigerate torte about 4 hours or until chilled. Store in refrigerator.
Makes 16 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Purchasing
Don't have a green thumb for making chocolate leaves? Cruise the cake aisle of your grocery store for chocolate cake decorations and select a topping that suits your occasion.
Simplify
Simplify this recipe by substituting Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® devil's food or chocolate fudge cake mix for the cake in the recipe.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 610
    • (Calories from Fat 350 ),
  • Total Fat 39 g
    • (Saturated Fat 11 g,),
  • Cholesterol 50 mg;
  • Sodium 440 mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 62 g
    • (Dietary Fiber 3 g,
  • Protein 6 g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.