Chocolate Torta

4.50 from 6 votes

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A piece of chocolate cake on a plate
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We are starting our new year on Platter Talk with with one our very finest.  No, we’re not talking about the delicious dessert featured here.  What we are referring to is one of our finest boys.  We have six of them and everyone is a favorite, depending on the day of course.   Today it is our pleasure to turn the oven over to Joe, our nearly 12 year old sixth grader.  A while back he put together a great blueberry pie.  Sticking with his favorite course of dessert, Joe did a bang-up job with this chocolate torta.  Take a look and then have a taste.  Right now, we proudly turn over the keyboard to our rising baker.

three kids baking a torta
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A few weeks ago, my dad and brother Isaiah were having a lazy day here at our cottage and they saw a chef making this recipe while watching Create TV.  My dad thought this looked like a good recipe to make for Platter Talk and when he asked if I wanted to do it, I said yes!

A close up of a piece of chocolate cake
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While this torta was baking, it rose very high and we thought that maybe we should have used a pan with higher edges.   Since we are at our little lake cottage, we have a limited amount of kitchen supplies.

A piece of chocolate cake on a plate
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While making this torta, my dad taught me how to separate the egg white from the yolk.   I used something that looks like a small cup with slots in it that held the yolk of the egg while the egg white slid through the holes.

A close up of a slice of chocolate cake with whipped cream
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After I made this torta, my dad started to make supper and we are letting this cool.  All of us kids are waiting until after supper to eat this torta.  I think it’s going to be good!  Dad’s note:  This was good.  In fact beyond “good.”  Moist, chocolatey and easy enough for a novice.  The boys have already informed me we will be making this one again, soon. -Dan

A close up of a piece of chocolate cake on a plate
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Chocolate Torta

4.50 from 6 votes
Recipe from Chef George Hisrsch
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Yield: 12 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1-1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 egg white, beaten into whole egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • Lightly grease a 9-inch cake pan; set aside.
  • In small bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  • In large bowl, combine cocoa and granulated sugar until blended.
  • With wire whisk, beat in water, then melted butter, egg, egg white and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add flour mixture and beat until smooth.
  • Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • On wire rack, cool for ten minutes in pan.
  • With small spatula, loosen cake from sides of pan. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely. Place on plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar.


Calories: 133kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 133mg, Potassium: 129mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 175IU, Calcium: 14mg, Iron: 1.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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