Tuesdays with Dorie: Chocolate Amaretti Torte

April 14, 2009 at 2:55 am | Posted in cakes & tortes, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 40 Comments

chocolate amaretti torte

Much like the Chocolate Armagnac Cake from last month, I actually made this Chocolate Amaretti Torte while we were still living in Sydney, and I’d been keeping it in my pocket ever since.  Hmmm…do we see a pattern here with me jumping the gun on the luxurious chocolate cakes??  I am so glad that Holly chose it for TWD this week, because now I can say out loud that this is one of the best Dorie recipes we’ve made (thank you!)!

Since I was in London last week, I was pretty pleased to have the TWD recipe be one that I’d already made.  On the other hand, if I had been home, I would definitely have baked this torte again.  It is seriously…soooo…good.  And so easy, too, that Dorie dubbed it “fifteen minute magic.”  All the ingredients need is a quick whiz in the food processor, and the batter’s done.  The cake that comes out of the oven is a low-rider…not very high, but really intensely flavored with chocolate and almonds.  (And, by the way, I just used cheapo grocery store armaretti cookies with no problems.)  Don’t skip the bittersweet chocolate glaze or the almond whipped cream– with very little effort, you’ll have a dessert that’s fit for a swanky dinner party!

 chocolate amaretti torte

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan (she also has a take on it here on Epicurious), or read Phe/MOM/enon.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. What a decadent cake variety… love it!!

    So lucky that you were in London last week!!

  2. love the flavours and the cake is gorgeous

  3. Your chocolate glaze on top looks heavenly, and I love the sprinkles of almond and amaretti. Great job!

  4. No matter when you made it or ate it… just as here, on the pages of your blog, it last a lasting impression! You have a way of making everything look so decadent! Beautiful, Steph!

  5. Your torte is gorgeous!! Glad you enjoyed it. It was a bit too rich for me so next time I’ll probably leave the ganache off.

  6. quelles photos gourmandes ! c’est super réussi 🙂

  7. Oh…it just looks so fabulous.

  8. Always one step ahead! It looks fantastically delicious! I loved the almond whipped cream as well!

  9. Let me be the first to say how DELICIOUS and ELEGANT your cake looks. Great job.

  10. Lovely! This looks beautiful and rich.

  11. I did skip the almond cream unfortunately. Your torte looks great. I love the added almonds on top!

  12. Yum, that looks absolutely scrumptious!

  13. Ciao ! Your torte really looks great ! I skipped both creame and ganache but Easter was too much !

  14. Awesome torte! We loved it here. Great photos!

  15. Looks great!

  16. So glad you loved the cake. I like it and the batter was awesome but thought it might be a little too much chocolate. However when covered with whipped cream, it was great.

  17. Your torte looks amazing. I didn’t make the almond whipped cream and next time I make this cake I definitely will. It sounds wonderful.

  18. Yum looks beautiful! I love your photos… Great lighting! are you using lights?

    • Carolyn– Thanks for your comment. I don’t have lights…just try to shoot in a spot with good natural lighting (right now, all my photos are taken on my windowsill!).

  19. I didnt get a chance to bake this week, but will definitely have to catch up with this one!

  20. I’m so glad you loved this one too! It is ridiculously good and easy (which was exactly why I chose it)! Thanks so much for ‘baking’ along with me 😉

  21. Looks delicious! I think I’ll make the Almond Whipped cream next time. Great job.

  22. Your torte looks fabulous!

  23. I didn’t make the whipped cream either, but I think I missed out on something that would just take this over the top. I liked this a lot…yours looks wonderful.

  24. Fun that you had this made ahead of time. The cheapo amaretti cookies worked for us as well! 🙂 Beautiful photos!

  25. Your torte will definitely please dinner guests!

    BTW, hope you had a fantastic time in London. 🙂

  26. Your torte looks amazing. And the pictures are outstanding.

  27. Oh it looks so good, your photos are great! I really wish i made the almond cream now.

  28. As I commence my prep for a 3-day smoothie cleanse… this was sheer temptation torture.

  29. Your glaze looks beautiful. I agree, I liked this very much, even if I only take one bite, trying to lose weight. How hard is that to do when baking with Dorie?

  30. Lovely, angelic, divine!

  31. wow.. looks great and totally agree, the cake was great !!

  32. Nothing like a head start on a chocolate cake! It sounds like you truly enjoyed it – it wasn’t so popular in our house. But next weeks dessert is really good!

  33. I agree that this is a deceptively simple but swanky dessert to wow friends! I love your “low rider” description!

  34. freakin’ beautiful! awesome flavor combo.

  35. Mmm, I’m all about super-chocolate, too! This torte looks amazing. And by the way, sooo jealous that you were in London!! I wish I could’ve gone with you.

  36. Wow, great torte right? I LOVED it and will make it again soon full sized. Love your photo (as always).

  37. This looks absolutely scrumptious!

  38. i forgot to get heavy cream for the almond whipped cream… i will definitely have to try that next time! your cake looks delicious! 🙂

  39. So very pretty. Major drool going on here!!

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