Chocolate Pecan Torte With Raspberry Cream & Chocolate Glaze

Total Time
1hr 7mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 22 mins

Chocoholics rejoice! This rich dessert is all-out decadent, while looking oh so elegant. Sure to impress! Easy to make, but you need to allow for some chilling/cooling time (not included in times above). Can substitute strawberries for raspberries. In fact, put some chocolate covered strawberries on top for a really nice touch. Recipe is from the one of those supermarket aisle mini cookbooks called Better Homes and Gardens Ultimate Chocolate Desserts.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • FOR THE TORTE

  • 34 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 8 eggs
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 3 12 cups pecans, finely ground
  • FOR THE RASPBERRY CREAM

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 23 cup butter, softened
  • 13 cup raspberry preserves
  • FOR THE DOUBLE CHOCOLATE GLAZE

  • 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 13 cup butter
  • 23 cup sugar
  • 12 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 14 cup water

Directions

  1. TORTE:.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F Grease three 9 inch round cake pans and line bottoms with greased parchment or waxed paper for easy removal. (Springforms work fine too, but aren't necessary.).
  3. Beat butter for 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla and beat until combined. Add eggs one at a time.
  4. Stir in melted chocolate.
  5. Fold in pecans. (Pecans should be really finely chopped, almost like pecan meal. Remember, this is what's replacing the flour. A food processor does this in 30 seconds. By hand you'll be chopping a lot.).
  6. Pour into prepared pans and bake for 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted near centers comes out fudgy but not wet.
  7. Cool on racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, remove parchment and cool completely on racks.
  8. RASPBERRY/STRAWBERRY CREAM FILLING:.
  9. Beat 1 cup powdered sugar with 2/3 cup softened butter until fluffy.
  10. Beat in 1/3 cup preserves.
  11. DOUBLE CHOCOLATE GLAZE:.
  12. In medium saucepan over low heat, combine 3 ounces chocolate chips and 1/3 c butter. Remove from heat when melted and stir in 2/3 cup sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa powder and 1/4 cup water. May need to reheat it until sugar is dissolved and glaze is smooth. (Taste it periodically -- I know, tough duty -- to check that there are no sugar crystals. You want it to be smoooooth!).
  13. Cool until it thickens slightly but is still pourable.
  14. ASSEMBLY:.
  15. Assemble torte layers with raspberry filling in between. Cover and chill for 8-24 hours.
  16. Spread glaze over top of torte, allowing some to drizzle down the sides. Arrange berries on top. Cover and chill for 1-24 hours.
  17. Enjoy!