Raspberry Fudge Torte

Ingredients

Cake
  • 1 box (1 lb 2.25 oz) chocolate fudge cake mix with pudding
  • 1 container (8 oz) sour cream
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
Raspberry Cream
  • 1 package (10 oz) frozen raspberries in syrup, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped
Frosting and Garnish
  • 3/4 cup chocolate creamy ready-to-spread frosting
  • 1/2 pint (1 cup) fresh raspberries

Instructions

1_ Heat oven to 350°F (if using dark or nonstick pans, heat oven to 325°F). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. In large bowl, beat all cake ingredients except chocolate chips with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat 2 minutes on medium speed. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour batter into pans.

2_ Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes. Remove from pans; place on cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour. (Wrap and freeze 1 cake layer for a later use.)

3_ Meanwhile, to remove seeds from raspberries, place strainer over small saucepan; pour raspberries into strainer. Press raspberries through strainer with back of spoon to remove seeds; discard seeds. Stir sugar and cornstarch into raspberries until smooth. Cook over low heat until mixture is bubbly and thickened, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute. Place waxed paper or plastic wrap over surface of mixture; refrigerate 30 minutes or until cold. Fold in whipped cream.


4_ To assemble torte, place cake layer, top side down, on serving plate. Spread with thin layer of frosting. Top with raspberry cream, spreading to within 1/2 inch of edge. Frost sides of torte with remaining frosting. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

5_ Just before serving, arrange raspberries around top edge of torte. If desired, garnish with additional fresh raspberries and mint sprigs. Store torte in refrigerator.

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