Dark Velvet Torte

Notes: If making ahead, cool cake, cover airtight, and chill up to 1 day. For best texture, let cake stand at room temperature about 1 hour before serving.


Makes 8 to 10 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 229
Caloriesfromfat 75 %
Protein 4.2 g
Fat 19 g
Satfat 11 g
Carbohydrate 15 g
Fiber 0.5 g
Sodium 119 mg
Cholesterol 110 mg


8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped (about 1 1/3 cups)
1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
4 large eggs, separated
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 tablespoon sugar
Softly whipped cream, sweetened to taste
Raspberries rinsed and drained


1. Place chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in a microwave oven at 50 percent power, stirring twice, until chocolate is soft, 3 to 4 minutes total. Remove from oven; stir until mixture is smoothly blended.

2. Add egg yolks and flour to chocolate mixture; whisk until smooth.

3. In a bowl, combine egg whites and cream of tartar. Beat with a mixer on high speed until whites are foamy. Beat, gradually adding sugar, until whites hold stiff, glossy peaks.

4. Add about a fourth of the beaten whites to chocolate mixture; stir to mix. Add remaining whites and gently fold into chocolate mixture until evenly incorporated. Scrape mixture into an 8-inch cake pan with removable rim. Spread batter smooth.

5. Bake in a 350° oven until torte puffs slightly and center barely jiggles when pan is gently shaken, 18 to 20 minutes. Cool at least 1 hour in pan on a rack (torte sinks slightly).

6. Slide a sharp knife between torte and pan. Remove pan rim.

7. Cut torte into wedges and transfer to plates. Spoon whipped cream onto each serving and garnish with berries.

February 1998
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