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Chocolate-Orange Torte

Impressive as it looks, this easy four-ingredient chocolate dessert takes some wonderfully simple shortcuts. Start with a package of double chocolate muffin mix; add fresh oranges (zest and juice) and chopped almonds. Next, drizzle your masterpiece with a cooked syrup of OJ and sugar.

Real Simple SEPTEMBER 2001

  • Yield: 8 servings


  • 1 2 1/4-ounce package slivered almonds (1/2 cup)
  • 4 oranges
  • 1 20-ounce package double-chocolate muffin mix
  • 1 cup sugar


Heat oven to 375° F. Lightly coat a 9-inch round cake pan with vegetable cooking spray.

Finely chop the almonds. Grate 1 teaspoon orange zest from one of the oranges and cut strips of zest from another to use for garnish. Squeeze 1 1/2 cups juice from the oranges.

Prepare the muffin mix according to the label directions but substitute 3/4 cup of the orange juice for water and blend in the chopped almonds and grated zest. Pour into pan. Bake 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool torte in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar and the remaining 3/4 cup orange juice. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly reduced and thickened, about 10 minutes. To serve, spoon the sauce over the torte and garnish with the orange-zest strips.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 55mg
  • Calories: 491
  • Calories from fat: 0%
  • Carbohydrate: 81g
  • Cholesterol: 17mg
  • Fat: 17g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Protein: 6mg
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Sodium: 366mg

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Chocolate-Orange Torte Recipe