Chocolate Dessert Torte

One plate and two forks is all you need to enter chocolate heaven

One plate and two forks is all you need to enter chocolate heaven

Summer has been amazing with seemingly endless sweltering days. But ever so often this glorious weather is punctured by bland grey skies or a powerful rainstorm; Iittle reminders that this summer is not everlasting and that I better enjoy every single beautiful day.

So I have not been doing much cooking at all. On work nights I might throw together a quick dinner, but in the weekends I have been (literally) eating out as much as possible- I’ve been enjoying rooftop, waterside and pavement dining.

There have only been very few exceptions were I was tempted to invite friends over and cook a meal. And even then I did not want to spend long hours indoors preparing dinner. But then at the same time, when my friends are sitting at a table laughing and chatting, I want to be with them instead of standing in the kitchen putting together a meal. This dessert was exactly right:

this chocolate torte comes together quickly and can be made the night before – or earlier in the day.  After it has baked and cooled, you just pop it into the fridge until it is time for dessert.

This torte is decadent; it is so moist it almost has the consistency of a mousse. You can bake one large torte to serve a crowd or, for a romantic, informal dinner, you can make a smaller torte and serve it on a single plate with two little forks to share.  Either way, it is fabulous with a little whipped cream and a tart raspberry sauce or the way I prefer it: piled high with fresh summer fruits.

 

Pure, sensuous and rich decadence

Pure, sensuous and rich decadence

 Ingredients

(from the blog ‘Almacucina’)
Two small 16cm or one 22cm torte – serves 4 to12

110g (6 ounces) 70% dark chocolate
1 tbsp butter
30ml (1/8 cup) strong black coffee (brewed or instant)
3 large eggs, at room temperature
55 (1/4 cup) of (unrefined) sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
120ml (1/2 cup) heavy whipping cream
a sprinkling of sugar

Recipe

  1. Line the bottom of two 16cm spring form pans (or one 22cm pan) with a circle of parchment paper.
  2. Preheat oven to 175C (350F)
  3. Au bain marie* melt the chocolate, butter and coffee, stirring once or twice. Once melted remove from the heat and allow to cool a little.
  4. Bring some water to the boil.
  5. Using an electric mixer whisk the eggs on high, gradually adding the sugar. Add the vanilla and continue to whisk until the eggs are pale and have double in volume – about 3 – 5 min.
  6. In a separate bowl whisk the cream until soft peaks form.
  7. Using a spatula fold the cream into the chocolate with a few quick strokes until incorporated.
  8. Then add the egg and fold in gently and quickly.
  9. Pour batter into the prepared form(s).
  10.  Fill a large pan or deep baking tray with the boiled water. Carefully place the cake pan(s) inside. The water should come about 3/4 way up the pan.
  11. Place in the oven for 25 min (maybe a little longer if using a large pan). The torte is done when it feels slightly bouncy but firm when you press lightly with your finger.
  12. Remove from the hot water bath and allow to cool 10-20 min.
  13. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  14. To unmold run a knife or spatula around the sides. If you find the bottom of the cake is sticking you can place the pan over a small flame to heat the base. Sprinkle the top of the cake with a little white sugar, to keep it from sticking when it is cut.
  15. If you are serving the torte in wedges use a hot wet knife to cut it, cleaning the knife after each cut.

 

* Au bain marie means melt in a heated water bath: bring a pot of water to the boil and then immerse a second pot/bowl until it sits about halfway inside the water. Keeping the water on a soft simmer allow the chocolate to melt.


Serve with

  • Fresh summer fruit (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
  • Whipped cream and a raspberry sauce

 

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43 comments
  1. Darya said:

    This really sounds delicious! I haven’t been cooking anything complicated either, but this sounds so good: chocolate and coffee = heaven!

    • afracooking said:

      This glorious sunshine we are having keeps tempting me away from the stove to ‘play outside’ (Another plus of this recipe is that you can make it the night before – read: when the sun has set and it is cooling down ;-> )

  2. Dark chocolate and coffee what a fantastic combo. …..yum yum…

    • afracooking said:

      You cannot taste the coffee as a separate flavour, but it adds beautiful depth to the aromas of this dessert

  3. Wow Afra! I have come across a torte for the first time and I have fallen in love with it. Gorgeous recipe. I have to try it sometime. How have you been?

    • afracooking said:

      So lovely to hear from you! I have been having a fabulous summer with hours and hours of sunshine (and not that much time for cooking). Hope you are well!!! What have you been up to? This torte really is such a simple and impressive dessert

  4. flourless chocolate tortes are my crack – lol. this looks yummy!

    • afracooking said:

      HIhi – I was thinking of selling it as “gluten free”, “low carb” but that felt a bit missleading as it really is addictive ;-)

    • afracooking said:

      Oh it really is decadent, every spoonful is velvety and rich and sumptuous

    • afracooking said:

      The result is amazing – like a velvety chocolate mousse!

  5. Heyy Afra! Long time. :) i missed u. Lovely recipe. Looks soo delicious. :)

    • afracooking said:

      It really has been a while. Mindboggling how these days with endless sunshine hours are just racing past :-) Thank you so much for the compliment, darling!

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you so much – yes, a match made in heaven!

    • afracooking said:

      That is so sweet of you so say (sorry it took me so long to get back to you – the days are just rushing by) Heading straight over to your blog now!

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you darling!! Always so good to see you drop by :-)

  6. This is so gorgeous Afra! Just perfect with all those berries too!

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you so much – such a lovely compliment!

  7. Afra this torte looks amazing! Super rich, dark chocolate cake is my ultimate weakness. And with berries too…perfection!

    • afracooking said:

      Especially coming from you – the queen of all things sweet – that really is a compliment!  x

  8. Karen said:

    Oh that looks heavenly. It sounds like you are having a wonderful summer and adding this lovely chocolate dessert makes it all the better.

    • afracooking said:

      It really has been the sort of summer that is almost as perfect as those endless, hot summers of childhood. And now thinking about it, they used to also be filled with lovely decadent desserts :-)

  9. Divine is the word! I made it & ate it with fresh blackberries from the garden! Delightful too! xxx

    • afracooking said:

      Oh sweetie, hat must be the biggest possible compliment: so fabulous that this inspired you to make it. It must have been fabulous with your blackberries!

      • Ooh yes, my friend! Xxx

    • afracooking said:

      I do not have much of a sweet tooth, but faced with this dessert even I find that any resistance is futile ;-)

      • me either, i’m not a dessert person too,but when it’s bitter sweet like dark chocolate or green tea, now we’re definitely talking

      • afracooking said:

        oh I hear you! The beauty about dark chocolate is that is really does not belong in the “sweet” category :-) Green tea I have eaten in several different forms, but have not cooked with yet. But you really have got me thinking here :-)

  10. I love that cascade of fresh berries; such a pretty way to present!

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you so much, it really looks and tastes lovely with fresh berries (and is such an effortless last step)

  11. ciao! i had a similar cake in mind today…your simple recipe is the best find. huge thanks.
    thebestdressup

    • afracooking said:

      hihi – you know what they say about great minds ;-) If you get around to trying it I am curious what you think of it. Any suggestions and improvements are ALWAYS welcome!

    • afracooking said:

      This summer has really been amazing – I thought that only the summers of long-gone childhood memory are this warm and sunny ;-) Thanks for you for dropping by (and reminding me it has been much too long since I visited your blog)

  12. It’s always a dleight to find a beautiful dish, that goes that extra mile! Chocolate and berries, are one of the most decadent & wonderful things to indulge in. As is this torte!

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you for the sweet comment. I wish I could hand you a fork and ask you to join :-)

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