Thursday, January 21, 2010

Viennese Chocolate Torte


This recipe came from a big ole Hershey Chocolate Dessert Book I got at holiday time. I was very intrigued with the recipe because I've never made a torte before.  To Read More, Click On The Recipe Title.
It was easy to put together , I mean really easy. You make one cake in a jelly roll pan, cut it into 3 equal pieces and stack them. The layers are filled with raspberry preserves and whipped cream. Absolutely delicious!
I'm already thinking about what flavorings to put into the whipped cream, and switching out the preserves . Oh the possibilities!! I opted for walnuts instead of coconut...the sky's the limit with this one...use your imagination!

Wanna print just the recipe, click here!

Viennese Chocolate Torte
Hershey Site

* 1/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
* 1/4 cup boiling water
* 1/3 cup shortening
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 egg
* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 2/3 cup buttermilk or sour milk*
* 1/4 cup seedless black raspberry preserves
* Cream Filling (recipe follows)
* Cocoa Glaze (recipe follows)
* MOUNDS Coconut Flakes, toasted

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 15x10 1/2x1-inch jelly-roll pan; line pan with wax paper and lightly grease paper.

2. Stir together cocoa and boiling water in small bowl until smooth; set aside. Beat shortening, sugar and vanilla in medium bowl until creamy; beat in egg. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternately with buttermilk to shortening mixture. Add reserved cocoa mixture, beating just until blended. Spread batter into pan.

3. Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan. Remove wax paper. cool completely. Cut cake crosswise into three equal pieces. Place one piece on serving plate. Stir raspberry preserves to soften; spread 2 tablespoons evenly on top of cake. Spread half of Cream Filling over preserves. Repeat layering. Glaze top of torte with Cocoa Glaze, allowing some to drizzle down sides. Garnish with coconut. Refrigerate several hours. Cover; refrigerate leftover torte.

*To sour milk: Use 2 teaspoons white vinegar plus milk to equal 2/3 cup.

CREAM FILLING: Beat 1 cup whipping cream, 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in small bowl until stiff. Makes about 2 cups filling.


2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons HERSHEY'S Cocoa
2 tablespoons water
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in cocoa and water. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Do NOT boil. Remove from heat. Whisk in powdered sugar gradually. Add vanilla and beat with whisk until smooth. Add additional water 1/2 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency.

Makes 10 servings.



Cristine said...

Everything looks delicious, especially that torte. YUM YUM YUM!

Mini Baker said...

Those lemon cookies are totally my element!! in fact all three of those desserts are my element. Gezz, stop tempting me to make them all! haha :)

Bunny said...

Oh my goodness just spent some time reading your blog and now I have gained at least 10 pounds. Everthing looks amazing. Made me drool all over my keyboard. ;)

George Gaston said...

Oh my gosh, I'll have one of each, please. They all look so delicious!

Mary said...

Just delicious of course, and very happy to see you! Don't worry, we all need to disconnect at times in our lives. HUGS!!

Happy Weekend.

Lucy..♥ said...

Bunny, everythings GRAND!!! And to you my dear friend, I am so glad that you've lifted yourself up!!!! (((((HUGS))))))....

Carol & Cyndy Kudos! Those lemon cookies and chocolate torte are divine, and will be one my plate soon!!

I've taken a break from blogging & hope to be back soon as I'm missing everyone!!

Trish said...

Look at that torte! Wow. Glad you are clicking those heels! Grin.

giz said...

The first thing my eye went to was the sugar on top of the cookies - you had me right there. I continued and thought I would convulse at the torte and the cinnamon buns.

Pauline said...

Oh wow! All three of those desserts look awesome! I'm definitely going to have to make those cinnamon rolls. I've never seen one with banana before either and I love banana baked goods and I've been wanting to make cinnamon rolls for a while. Definitely doing this soon before my yeast expires!

♥peachkins♥ said...

banana-pecan rolls? that's a great combo!

Bellini Valli said...

We are happy to have you here too Bunny. All 3 of these sweet 'thangs can make an appearance here anytime!

Dawn said...

banana, really? I must must must try those. I can't bake enough with bananas. The torte photo is food-porn worthy girl! ^5

Caroline@DivineDesserts said...

Oh my word... I want to make those lemon cookies right now! they remind me of some lemon cookies I used to love as a kid! Yummy!

Marie said...

Everything looks sooooooo good Bunny! I know you must get tired of hearing that. I think I just gained ten pounds from looking! xxoo

Donna-FFW said...

Bunny-- so so so so nice to see you back. Ive been missing your stellar posts. All 3 of these dishes look divine!! I am so definitely making the torte for the next occasion I have to attend. I love it. Those bana rolls, OMG!! Heaven in the morning! Hope all is well with you.

Kathleen said...

Wow what a delicious post. I'm not sure which one I want to try first!

Karen said...

As usual, everything looks so yummy! Not a big fan of bananas, but those rolls look so fluffy and tender I might give them a try using some orange zest with an orange glaze. Good work, ladies!

Ingrid said...

Ladies! You guys have come back with a BANG! Yay!

Now where to start?! :)

grace said...

oy vey. soft, bright cookies, an awesome cake with equal parts filling and crumb, and glazed sweet rolls all appeal to me on every level. what a collection of deliciousness!

Ivy said...

Everything looks delicious but I am a big fan of anything lemony. I made a lemon meringue pie today :)

Cyndy said...

Um, Ivy? I'll Trade ya!! LOL

Gloria said...

All look wonderful Bunny, I really love the Viennese Chocolate Torte, but all is yummy!!!! huggs! gloria

Katy ~ said...

I don't know where to start. Each one of these is is just so beautiful and delicious looking. Love lemon cookies, can't get enough of those; that torte looks company worthy; and the rolls, oh how perfect for a weekend breakfast.

Really, ladies, another wonderful wonderful post!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Banana sweet rolls? That's such a great idea. This is the first time I've seen bananas in a roll like that. I'm wanting some!

I'll have a some of that chocolate cake on the side too!

Debbie said...

All three recipes look fantastic....I want to make them all right now!!!! Glad you are feeling better. We all go through rough times so remember that you are not alone.

Monica H said...

I love knowing that when I come to yuor site I will find 3 different but equally delicious recipes- and they're gorgeous to boot!

Suzanne said...

I should not visit here before bed, I am now hungry, well I think I am:-) I want a big lemon cookie!

Sophie said...

Waw!! Bunny!! What tasty & versatile dishes!!`

I especially love the giant lemon cookies & the banana pecan sweet rolls ,...they look absolutely fabulous!!!!!


Blackberry Jam Cafe said...

Oh my, so many good things at once - it would be difficult to choose just one! Thank you for sharing.

Eliana said...

These recipes all look incredible. So much so that I can't pick a favorite.

Kerstin said...

What unique desserts! I especially love the lemon cookies - sugar cookies are my favorite and this is such a nice twist!

Velva said...

Those cookies and rolls are over the top!
Welcome back Bunny!

Lori said...

THat chocolate torte look so good!

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm just glad you're still baking!

Gourmet Mama said...

Wow. I was looking at cookie recipes with my 4 year old and we literally wanted to make EVERYTHING on your blog! I guess I better add you to my feed reader. :D Called my husband over to see photos and he said, "Honey, pictures really don't do it for me, could you just make them . .. oh, wow!" lol

Psychgrad said...

So glad you're feeling better Bunny! The lemon cookies look so delicious! I've starred them.