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Minted Chocolate Torte

Total Time

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

Makes

16 servings

Our family has enjoyed this remarkable layered cake for years. It's a favorite for many occasions. —Barbara Humiston, Tampa, Florida
Minted Chocolate Torte Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar, divided
  • 2-1/4 cups cake flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature
  • FILLING/TOPPING:
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 to 2 drops food coloring, optional
  • Mint Andes candies, chopped

Directions

  1. Grease and flour two 9-in. round baking pans; set aside. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream shortening and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla and chocolate.
  2. In a small bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter.
  3. Pour into prepared pans. Bake or 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate and butter over low heat; stir until smooth. Remove from the heat; transfer to a large bowl. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, hot water, vanilla and salt until smooth.
  5. Cut each cake into 2 horizontal layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; top with 1/3 cup of filling. Repeat layers 3 times. In a large bowl, gently combine the whipped topping, extracts and, if desired, food coloring. Frost the sides of the cake. Sprinkle top with Mint Andes Candies. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 308 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 205mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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