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Chocolate Orange Torte

This eye-catching dessert takes the cake at any holiday gathering. Chocolate truffles on top are a fantastic finishing touch.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 6 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup chocolate sprinkles or ground pecans
  • CAKE:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup plus 7 to 8 tablespoons milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 2-3/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • Chocolate sprinkles


  • In a large heavy saucepan, stir chocolate chips and butter until melted. In a small bowl, beat egg yolks until lemon-colored. Gradually stir in warm chocolate mixture; return all to the pan. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture reaches 160°.
  • Remove from the heat. Stir in confectioners' sugar until blended. Place 1/2 cup in a small bowl; pour remaining chocolate mixture into a small bowl for filling. Cover each bowl with a paper towel. Let stand for up to 1 hour or until soft-set.
  • For truffles, roll the 1/2-cup portion into 12 balls. Roll in sprinkles or pecans. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extract. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with water.
  • Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, chocolate chips and 1/3 cup milk; microwave until melted. Whisk in extract until smooth. Gradually whisk in confectioners' sugar.
  • Transfer to a large bowl. Place in a large bowl of ice water. With a hand mixer, beat on medium speed until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes; set aside.
  • For filling, gradually add enough of the remaining milk to reserved chocolate mixture, beating until it achieves spreading consistency.
  • Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with half of the filling. Repeat layers. Spread 2-2/3 cups frosting over top and sides of cake. Using a #195 star tip, pipe the remaining frosting into 12 rosettes on top of cake. Place a truffle on each rosette. Press chocolate sprinkles onto sides of cake. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 977 calories, 54g fat (31g saturated fat), 241mg cholesterol, 621mg sodium, 122g carbohydrate (95g sugars, 5g fiber), 10g protein.

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