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Light Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Filling

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


16 servings

For an elegant ending to the meal, impress guests with this gorgeous guilt-free torte. The chocolate cake by itself is truly wonderful, but the light, creamy raspberry filling really makes it special. —Sharon Kurtz, Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Light Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Filling Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • Fresh raspberries, mint sprigs and additional confectioners' sugar, optional


  1. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, water, buttermilk, eggs, applesauce, oil and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended.
  2. Transfer to two 9-in. round baking pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and jam until blended. Split each cake into two horizontal layers. Place a bottom layer on a serving plate; spread with a third of the filling. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining cake layer. Garnish with raspberries, mint and additional confectioners' sugar if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 281 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 223mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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