Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Lisa Powell Bailey
Prep Time
20 Mins
Bake Time
45 Mins
Cool Time
30 Mins
Makes 10 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 300°. Coat bottom and sides of an 8-inch springform pan with cooking spray.

Step 2

Microwave chocolate morsels in a small microwave-safe bowl at MEDIUM (50% power) for 1 minute or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals.

Step 3

Beat butter and 1/2 cup granulated sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended (about 2 minutes). Add vanilla and egg; beat 1 minute. Add milk and, if desired, bourbon; beat 1 minute. (Mixture will look curdled.) Add melted chocolate, beating just until blended. Gradually add cocoa and flour, beating at low speed just until blended.

Step 4

Beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Add remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 Tbsp. at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold one-fourth of egg white mixture into batter; gently fold in remaining egg white mixture. Spoon batter into prepared pan.

Step 5

Bake at 300° for 45 minutes or until set. (A wooden pick inserted in center will come out with just a few crumbs on it.) Remove torte from oven; immediately run tip of a small knife around edge of torte. Let cool on wire rack 30 minutes. (Torte will rise to top of pan while baking but will sink while it cools.) Remove sides of springform pan.

Step 6

Spoon whipped topping into a zip-top plastic freezer bag. (Do not seal.) Snip 1 corner of bag to make a small hole. Pipe dollops of whipped topping around base of torte. Sprinkle torte with powdered sugar and cocoa.

Step 7

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Chips.

Ratings & Reviews

brucewcoyle's Review

January 19, 2011
I haven't tried this recipe, but rated it with 5 stars. I think the one single rating of one star seems totally unfair... and hence gave it 5 stars to negate that one rating. The 'rater' said that she liked it. Why give it one measly start because her husband said it was 'a lady cake'. What the heck is a lady cake anyway? Stand up for yourself woman! Your opinion counts. At this point I give YOU one star.

Filmlady's Review

May 03, 2015
Made 2  for a Derby party and there wasn't a crumb left.  Everyone loved it (even the guys) and wanted the recipe (even the guys!). Easy to make and less calories than you'd expect from something so sinfully delicious.  Definitely a winner!

Eleutheria's Review

April 30, 2015
This recipe goes perfectly with Derby Day's festivities, especially complementing the mint juleps and (sometimes) the bourbon marinated pork loin.  To anyone thinking this a "lady dessert," (and I have had my share of some frilly insipid desserts at which I internally gagged,) I suggest that he has the palate of a canine and deserves dog food.  This torte has a lovely texture and surprisingly subtle flavors.  I did substitute real whipped cream with a bit of powdered sugar incorporated and I think it improves the dish.

KnockoffCafe's Review

February 11, 2014
Good grief momshome. A lady dessert? You said you thought the cake was "yummy" yet you rated with only one star. Does your opinion not count? Maybe you should remake the cake for your husband using beer...have him eat the whole thing and belch all night. That might make it a man dessert.

RobbinDorrier's Review

May 05, 2013
Best part of our KY Derby dinner

Kygirl77's Review

May 03, 2011
I agree with Bruce about this not being a "lady dessert." What kind of bourbon did you use? Apparently, it wasn't Kentucky Bourbon. You could always decrease the milk and increase the bourbon, if our husband needs his dessert stronger. lol ;+) BTW: The cake is wonderful, made many times and never a bite left. This Kygirl is giving this recipe 5 stars!

hillbillyhobbit's Review

October 26, 2012

Carimia's Review

August 31, 2012

momshome's Review

June 16, 2010
Made this, I thought YUMMY, my husband said it was a 'lady dessert'.... I think he's right! Dump the bourbon, add flavoring extract of choice & serve at a ladies evening. My husand would rather have something substantial, a 2-layer cake or assorted bakery...but that's him. Maybe a re-make of this recipe would help...just my suggestion!