Friday, February 25, 2011

mocha brownie torte

this recipe was recommended to me by a fantastic cook, and i made it as a surprise for valentine's day. it was perfect, b/c the dinner i made was a bit more complex and this recipe is very very simple.  it didn't end up actually being a surprise, since conroy's a sneak who peeked in the fridge. so, i should warn you if you want to surprise someone with this, it takes up a far bit of space in the refrigerator.
it's the whipped cream flavor that really makes this "cake". although, next time i try it i'm going to add some crunchy peanut butter to the brownies, instead of walnuts. (but, i gotta say , the walnuts worked out well). 
w/o the frosting on top.

1 package of fudge brownie mix
1/4 cup of water
2 eggs
1/2 c chopped nuts
1 1/2 c chilled whipping cream
1/3 c brown sugar
1 tbs instant cofee
shaved chocolate

heat oven to 350.  grease and flour two round 9X1 1/2 inch layer pans.
mix brownie mix with eggs and water, stir in nuts. 
spread in the pans and bake for 20 min. (this makes the brownie's more cake-like. if you want more standard brownies, add 1/4 c oil to the mix).   take out, let cool for about 5 min, and then cool the cakes (on wire racks, or what have you) until room temperature or cooler.
in a *chilled* bowl, beat the cream until it begins to thicken. gradually add the sugar and coffee until it's stiff.  
fill the layers with ~1 c  of the whipping cream mix.  add the remaining to the top of the torte (i didn't do this part until i served it up). sprinkle with chocolate shavings and chill for at least an hour. 
a variation of this recipe that i am definitely going to try is adding maple to the whipped cream mixture. what can i say, i'm a mainer and i'm a sucker for some family-made maple syrup.


  1. Naw. I'm coming to visit. :-)
    You had bettwer be linking this up on Monday at my par-tay!!

  2. I'm going to pretend I never read this post. Accck. I've lost 8 pounds and have 12 more to go. I may just have to stare at the photo and hope that doesn't put on the pounds.

    Thanks for the brownie tease...

  3. I just wanted to let you know that I featured this project on my blog Marvelously Messy. Go to this link to see it and get your button if you'd like:

    Thanks for linking up and be sure to come back next Monday!!

  4. Yum!

    This is a wonderful little blog and thank you for linking to places that give sex workers a voice!

  5. Oh this is going on the short list to make! Looks awesome. I just came across your blog,and I am so glad I did!

  6. Oh man this looks so good! Bookmarking it right now. I'm so glad to see that you linked up this week! Thank you so much for sharing this at Recipe Sharing Monday. I hope to see you back next week!