Bake a cake when you are celebrating an occasion and bake a chocolate torte when you are craving for a perfect chocolate dessert. This is what it is, as good as it gets, a perfect combination of white and dark chocolate with very little flour which results in dense chocolate cake. So yea, a torte is a cake, in fact, every torte is a cake but not every cake is a torte. Do I make sense? let’s dig a bit deeper, shall we…
Torte looks like a cake and smells like one too because all the essential ingredients are the same. Once you take a bite out of torte you will notice the difference. Tortes are a little different, just a little different, to prepare than cakes. Unlike cake which is fluffier, a torte is dense. This density is mainly because of the minimal quantity of flour. Tortes usually don’t have layers, but it is used as a base layer for specialty multi-layer cakes with elaborate decoration.
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, melted
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 eggs, separated
- 2/3 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 cups (12 oz) HERSHEY’S Premier White Chips, divided
- 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 cup SATINY GLAZE (recipe follows)
- 1/3 cup WHITE DECORATOR DRIZZLE (recipe follows)
- Heat oven to 350°F. Line bottom of 9-inch springform pan with foil; butter foil and side of the pan.
- Combine melted butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl; beat well. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in cocoa, flour, and water; beat well. Stir in 1-2/3 cups white chips.
- Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in a small bowl until stiff peaks form; carefully fold into chocolate mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake 45 minutes or until the top begins to crack slightly. (Cake will not test done in the center.) Cool 1 hour. Cover; refrigerate until firm.
- Remove side of the pan. Prepare SATINY GLAZE and WHITE DECORATOR DRIZZLE. Pour glaze over torte; spread evenly over top and side, Decorate the top of torte with drizzle. Cover; refrigerate until serving time. Refrigerate leftover torte. 10 to 12 servings.
SATINY GLAZE: Place 1 cup HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and 1/4 cup whipping cream in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth when stirred. Cool to lukewarm and slightly thickened.
WHITE DECORATOR DRIZZLE: Place remaining 1/3 cup HERSHEY’S Premier White Chips (reserved from torte) and 2 teaspoons shortening in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 20 to 30 seconds or just until chips are melted and the mixture is smooth when stirred. Place in a pastry bag with writing tip or drizzle from spoon to decorate torte.
Recipe from Hershey’s Chocolate Cookbook, click here for recipe link.