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Recipe: Dark Chocolate Walnut Torte

Recipe: Dark Chocolate Walnut Torte
Rich and Delicate Dark Chocolate Walnut Torte
 
Zac is quite efficient in the kitchen and loves to bake and create. Over the weekend he wowed us with this Dark Chocolate Walnut Torte. It’s rich and loaded with nuts. It was the perfect ending to our Bean Burgers!
 
rich and delicate Dark Chocolate Walnut Torte recipe
 

CAKE

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup packed golden brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour two 9-inch-diameter cake pans with 1 1/2-inch-high side. Line with waxed paper. Stir chocolate on top of a double boiler set over simmering water until melted. Cool.

Sift flour and baking soda into a small bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat butter in a large bowl until creamy. Add both sugars and beat until fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Beat in vanilla, then melted chocolate. Add dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk in 2 additions each, beating just until blended after each addition. Mix in walnuts.

Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake cakes until tester inserted into the center come out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 20 minutes. Cool cakes in pans on racks.

ICING

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
6 tablespoons (about) hot milk
1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

Stir chocolate on top of a double boiler set over simmering water until melted. Remove from over water. Using an electric mixer, beat butter in a large bowl until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until smooth. Beat in 2 tablespoons of milk. Beat in chocolate. Thin with milk to a smooth spreading consistency.

Cut around pan sides. Turn out cakes; peel off paper. Place 1 cake layer flat side down on a platter. Spread 1 cup icing over. Top with second cake layer, flat side up. Spread remaining icing over the cake. Press nuts onto the sides of the cake.

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