Thursday, May 21, 2009

Mocha Nut Torte

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This cake looks like something you’d see in a cafe in Vienna ….. but shhh! It’s ridiculously easy to make at home. The whipped cream frosting and walnuts cover a multitude of sins and the chocolate shavings are easily created using a vegetable peeler. I’ve even made the cake portion ahead of time, frozen it and frosted it the day I needed to serve it. I got the recipe from a woman named Connie who lived near me years ago and I’m not sure where she got it. I only know it’s one of those cakes that almost makes you wish you were eating alone. Who needs (or wants) conversation to intrude when you’ve got those luscious flavors and textures front and center.

Mocha Nut Torte

5 eggs, separated

1 cup sugar

1 T. instant coffee granules

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup ground walnuts

Beat whites until firm. Add sugar and beat until stiff. Beat yolks in a separate bowl until thick and light (about 5 minutes). Fold into whites. Blend coffee, flour and nuts. Fold into egg mixture until evenly colored. Grease and flour a 9 or 10 inch cake pan; pour in batter and bang pan to remove bubbles. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Cake rises when baking but deflates when it cools – don’t panic.

Frosting:

1 pint heavy cream

1 T. instant coffee dissolved in 1 T. rum, brandy or other liqueur

2 T. confectioner’s sugar

Beat cream until thick. Add coffee and liqueur mix and confectioner’s sugar.

Slice cake into three layers.  Use a serrated knife to do this. This can be a little tricky and the layers will be thin. Don’t worry if you poke a hole in the center or anywhere else. It gets covered with the frosting.

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Frost between layers, sides and top. Decorate sides with crushed walnuts and top with chocolate shavings (I use a dark chocolate bar.)

Then all by yourself, find a quiet corner, plunge fork into cake and indulge.

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26 comments:

2 Stews said...

This looks wonderful! I need a bite! Pam

Stacey Snacks said...

Ciao Chow,
I can be there by 11 a.m., you are only an hour away!

YankeeSoaper said...

Now there's a direct hit to the thighs LOL but what a way to go! That looks dreamy! I love it! Have a super weekend Linda.

Scintilla @ Bell'Avventura said...

The cake looks easy enough, the quiet corner will be difficult though. Yum!

Elra said...

Simply delectable Linda, I really like recipe like this. Your torte look so moist and delice!

Marta said...

HAHAHAHA I know the kind of dessert you just want to eat alone! I love just closing my eyes and inhaling the gorgeous flavours as I chow my way through the treat! Plus, when you're by yourself there's no need for ettiquette and you may eat straight from the pan... but we don't do tha, right ;)
Looks lovely, thanks!

The Food Hunter said...

I've been looking around all week for the perfect cake to make this weekend. I've finally found it. Thanks. I can't wait to try it.

The Cooking Photographer said...

I would eat the whole cake. Seriously. This one is dangerous looking.

Drooooool.

doggybloggy said...

oh my god - this looks like something you would have to fess up to in confession....

Peter M said...

Linda, I feel like I've just experienced a Knock Out via Torte! This has to be tested & tasted.

Cate O'Malley said...

That looks amazing, and I love how easy the recipe is!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I'm speechless, and that dosen't happen to often!

Laurie said...

You have so many incredible things going on here that my stomach is growling. That torte is gorgeous and I love the tip about using a vegetable grater.

And I LOVED your secret chicken lady story! What great fun, and what a great recipe. I can't wait to have my own straw covered eggs.

Anncoo said...

this looks so tempting!

Daziano said...

My mom would love this!!! What about a layer with dulce de leche?

joe@italyville said...

wow.. looks amazing Linda! I wonder if it ships well...(hint, hint)

Rowena... said...

Great tip on freezing the cake then frosting it when you're ready to serve. Makes serving at a moment's notice actually doable!

lisaiscooking said...

I'm on a coffee kick this week and keep craving the flavor of it. This does not help! Your cake looks fantastic.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your cake looks incredible. I really like the mocha whipped cream icing! Mmmmm.

Jamie said...

It is so beautiful and what a fabulous combo of flavors! And anything with mocha....

emiglia said...

*Drool.* That looks so tasty and so gorgeous! I can't wait to make it and have all my friends ask where I bought it.

Linda Lou said...

That cake belongs on the cover of Bon Apetit magazine, so beautiful, i dont want to take a bit - nah, I do want to eat the whole thing.

La Table De Nana said...

THis does look amazing! Melts in your mouth I bet,all favored flavors by me.

Anonymous said...

I'm making one right now. I'll post back with the oooohhs and aaaahhhs!

Tangled Noodle said...

What a marvelous dessert and thank you for demystifying it! If I'd seen it only as the picture of perfection, I'd be too intimidated to try making it myself.

romahkaren said...

I made this cake and it is everything you see and more, so light and flavorful. It will for sure be one of my go to recipes for a special dessert. Thank you so much for sharing it.