STRAWBERRY CHOCOLATE TORTE

 

  • Cooking Time: 15
  • Servings: 12
  • Preparation Time:

Ingredients

  • Cake:
  • 8 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter, diced
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp instant coffee granules
  • 3 1/2 oz toasted almonds
  • 2 heaped TB flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (if you have bakers or caster sugar, that would be best)
  • 8 fresh strawberries, plus more for garnish
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • Glaze:
  • 8 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 325' F. Line the bottoms of 2 round cake pans with parchment paper (you can spray the bottom with cooking spray before placing the parchment paper inside, to keep the paper in place).
  • Cake:
  • Put the 8 oz of chocolate and the butter in a medium sized, microwave safe bowl.
  • Melt the chocolate and butter in a the microwave (or use a double boiler) in 30 second increments, stirring in between until nearly all the chocolate is melted. Complete the process by stirring until fully melted.
  • Set aside to cool. Once cool, stir in vanilla and coffee granules.
  • In a food process, finely grind the almonds. Add in the flour and salt and transfer to a small bowl. Set aside.
  • With an electric mixer, beat the eggs in a large bowl until they double in volume (about 5 minutes). Slowly add the sugar and beat for 1 more minute. Fold in the cooled melted chocolate until just combined. Sprinkle in half of the almond/flour mixture and fold until just combine then sprinkle in the other half, folding until just combined.
  • Divide the batter between the two cake pans. Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out with only a few crumbs
  • Allow to cool in the pans.
  • Meanwhile, make the filling by smashing the strawberries and combining with the cream cheese.
  • Carefully remove the cakes from the pans. Place one of a plate. Spread the filling over it. Place the other cake on top.
  • Glaze:
  • Bring the cream to a boil. Place the chocolate into a medium bowl. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and stir until melted.
  • Spread the glaze over the cake.
  • The glaze will thicken as it sets.
  • Garnish with strawberries and a bit of powdered sugar if desired.

Notes

It's National Strawberry month and strawberry season is at it's peak. What a better way to celebrate than by eating a delicious torte.

Categories: Cake  Chocolate  Glaze 

Website Credit: http://peacefulcooking.blogspot.com/2013/05/strawberry-chocolate-torte.html

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