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Strawberry-Almond Chocolate Torte

Total Time

Prep: 50 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling


12 servings

"This layer cake is wonderful when strawberries are in season," Diane Kensinger of Manheim, Pennsylvania notes of her eye-catching dinner finale. "Sometimes I'll make it and invite family for a spur-of-the-minute dessert night! The recipe won first prize at a local farm show."


  • 10 egg whites
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup cold brewed coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 6 fresh strawberries, cut into thick slices


  1. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Coat the bottom of three 9-in. round baking pans with cooking spray; line with waxed paper. Spray the paper with cooking spray and dust with flour; set aside. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt together three times.
  2. Beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Combine coffee and extracts. Fold dry ingredients into egg mixture alternately with coffee mixture.
  3. Spread into prepared pans. Bake at 375° for 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Gently peel off waxed paper. Cool completely.
  4. In a bowl, gently mash the strawberries; stir in almond extract. Fold in whipped topping. Place one cake layer on a serving platter; top with half of the filling. Repeat layers. Top with remaining cake layer.
  5. In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Combine confectioners' sugar and cocoa; add to cream. Beat until stiff peaks form. Frost top of cake. Garnish with almonds and strawberries. Chill for at least 1 hour before cutting. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 271 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 254mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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