Chocolate Mocha Mousse Torte


Chocolate Nut Cake
  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ dark chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted if desired, finely ground
Chocolate Mocha Mousse
  • 4 oz semisweet baking chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted if desired


1 _ Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan.) Spray two 9-inch cake pans with baking spray with flour.

2 _ In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, sour cream, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed until moistened, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in 3/4 cup ground almonds. Pour into pans.

3 _ Bake 33 to 41 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Refrigerate layers 45 minutes before slicing.

4 _ Meanwhile, place chocolate in medium bowl. In 2-quart saucepan, heat whipping cream just to boiling. Pour hot cream over chocolate; let stand until mixture is melted and smooth when stirred. Using whisk, beat in espresso powder and sugar. Refrigerate chocolate mixture 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until cold. Beat cold chocolate mixture with electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form, about 2 to 3 minutes.

5_ Cut each cake layer horizontally into 2 layers. (To cut, mark side of cake with toothpicks and cut with long, thin knife.) On serving plate, place 1 bottom cake layer, cut side up, frost top with about one-fourth of the mousse. Repeat with second and third layers. Top with remaining cake layer and mousse. Sprinkle sliced almonds around top edge of cake. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until firm enough to easily cut before serving. Store covered in refrigerator.