Hello, friends! It's February & love is in the air!
Are you planning a special meal with your sweetheart on Valentine's Day?
Or are you making a delicious dessert for your family?
Yes...but you don't know what?
Then say hello to my little friend, The Mocha Torte...
Seriously, what says Valentine's Day dessert more than chocolate & red berries? Um... nothing comes to mind. :)
This cake is a chocolately, creamy, coffee concoction of yumminess.
1 - 6 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup margarine or butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup buttermilk or sour milk
1) Preheat oven to 350º F.
2) Combine chocolate chips & water in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 45 seconds. Remove from microwave & stir until smooth.
3) Cream margarine & sugar until light & fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Beat in vanilla & melted chocolate.
4) Sift flour, baking soda, & salt. Add to the chocolate mixture alternately with milk.
5) Turn batter into 2 - 8 inch round cake pans greased & lined with a circle of waxed paper. Bake at 350º F for 25-30 minutes. Cool 5 minutes & turn out on wire racks. Cool completely. With serrated knife, split each layer in half to make 4 layers.
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 Tbsp. hot water
2 tsp. instant coffee powder
1/4 cup sugar
250 ml. whipping cream
Combine first 4 ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds. Remove from microwave & stir until smooth; cool.
Whip cream until it starts to thicken; add chocolate mixture & whip until stiff. Spread between layers & on top of torte. Chill at least one hour. Sprinkle shaved chocolate over top.
tip: I threw a handful of chocolate chips into my mini food processor & pulsed several times to make the shaved chocolate.
another tip: Before placing the cake on your serving dish, place some strips of waxed paper around the edges. They will catch the crumbs or cream while you're assembling your cake. When you're done, simply pull out the strips gently.
Make sure to share some with your Valentine! ;)
Thank you for reading & a HUGE WELCOME to all my new readers & friends!!!
Enjoy your day!