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Very Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Cream

Here's a way to take a simple cake mix and make it look spectacular! The filling and frosting are really quite easy to make so there's no reason to shy away from this dessert. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 2 packages chocolate cake mix
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup red raspberry preserves
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon raspberry liqueur
  • 2 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • Chocolate curls and fresh raspberries


  • Prepare and bake cake mixes according to package directions, using four 9-in. round baking pans.
  • For frosting, in a small heavy saucepan, melt chocolate chips and butter over low heat; stir until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl; cool 5 minutes. Stir in sour cream. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth.
  • For filling, in a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add preserves, sugar and liqueur; beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Save one cake layer for another use. Using a long serrated knife, cut each remaining cake layer horizontally in half. Place one layer on a serving plate; spread with about 1/3 cup filling. Top with another cake layer; spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Repeat layers. Top with another cake layer, remaining filling and remaining cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting.
  • Melt white chocolate in a microwave; stir until smooth. Place mixture in a resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in a corner of bag. Pipe over top of cake as desired. Refrigerate until serving. Just before serving, top with chocolate curls and raspberries.
Editor's Note: The drizzle for this recipe was tested with Ghirardelli white chocolate.

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  • preachermom
    Nov 2, 2019

    I found this recipe to be absolutely wonderful. I did have some issues with the liqueur causing the cream to break. So I put about twice as much in the frosting and wound up just folding the preserves into the fully whipped cream. And instead of chocolate shavings I put Ghirardelli chocolate raspberry squares on the cake and sprinkled the raspberries around those. My husband could not stop raving about how this was the best cake I had ever made.

  • KidKuddler
    Jan 12, 2015

    I'm going to make this for my best friend's BD next fall. Few things are better than chocolate, raspberries and friends. :)

  • suecurtis
    Jan 4, 2015

    This is beautiful and delicious. I made it for my ladies club at Christmas and was a big hit!