Decadent chocolate truffle torte

Decadent chocolate truffle torte

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Prep: 50 mins - 1 hr

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Serves 12 in small slices (it's very rich!)
Create a mouthwatering chocolate truffle torte - and there's no cooking necessary!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal331
  • fat29g
  • saturates18g
  • carbs17g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.09g
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  • 250g dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 568ml carton double cream
  • 4 tsp instant coffee granules
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • cocoa powder, for dusting


  1. Get your equipment ready (see tips below). Break the chocolate in small pieces into a large heatproof bowl. Spoon in the syrup and pour in about a quarter of the cream. Stand the bowl over (not in) a pan of hot water over the lowest possible heat and leave until the chocolate has melted, about 15-20 minutes. Remove the bowl from the pan and stir to combine. Leave until barely warm – dip your little finger in to check.

  2. Get your cake tin ready. Do this while you are waiting for the chocolate to melt and cool so you’re not hanging around. Cut open the plastic folder along the bottom, then cut out a disc to fit in the bottom of the tin and 3 strips to line the sides. (See step 2).

  3. Pour the rest of the cream into a very large bowl and tip in the coffee and cinnamon. Whip with a balloon whisk until the cream looks like step 3. When you shake the bowl the cream should wobble like a thick milkshake, and when you dribble some cream from the whisk, the trail it leaves in the cream below should disappear in 1-2 seconds.

  4. Fold the two together. Pour the cooled chocolate into the bowl containing the cream. With the largest metal spoon you’ve got, fold the cream and chocolate together in a figure-of-eight motion. Don’t be nervous – keep going until they are evenly and smoothly mixed and the mixture has a soft, pillowy, downy texture – you will see and feel it thicken as you fold.

  5. Set the torte. Pour the chocolatey cream into the tin and level the surface with the back of the spoon. Put the tin in the fridge and leave to firm up. This can happen in under an hour, but you may need to leave it longer, depending on the coldness of your fridge (you can leave it overnight if this is more convenient).

  6. Unmould and serve. Unclip and remove the side of the tin, then remove the pieces of plastic around the sides. Invert a serving plate over the torte and turn the torte upside down on to it. Lift off the tin base and peel away the plastic. Dust all over with cocoa (including the plate if you wish to be fashionable) and serve in thin slices.

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Comments (93)

ecsavill2012's picture

Has anyone made this with white chocolate? Did you change any of the other ingredents?

clairiem's picture

A fabulous dinner party dessert, very simple but tasted amazing. I lined the tin with plastic as suggested, it's much easier than it sounds and gave a very professional finish. I omitted the coffee an added the finely grated zest of about one and a half clementines instead.

kezza24575's picture

Made for dinner party, added the orange zest instead of coffee...tasted delicious. Don't worry about the plastic folder business it's not required (think the plastic folder may put people off trying it), I made it in a 18cm sponge tin (not spring form tin) lined with clingfilm, it came out in tact and looked great. Very very rich though, tiny slices only!

oaplin's picture

lovely very easy recipe. Second time I made it I put some biscuits in the bottom of small ramekins (or glasses) put this on top and served with Bailey's poured over. Wow! Only needed enough for 6 servings so have frozen remaining chocolate torte in small portions for when I feel like something decadent.

kightfoot's picture

This is a fantastic dessert and so easy to make. I have done this 3 times now and it just gets easier. Everybody wanted more. I did the orange version and it is better than you can buy in the shops.

lolapurrfect's picture

Delicious and easy. I added a few drops of natural orange flavour to my finely grated orange. For decoration a put some mini flakes in the centre. I live in France and all my French guests thought it was amazing -better than any patisserie!

meggiemummy's picture

Very rich, for dinner parties only we think. We reduced the coffee by 1tsp, left out the cinnamon, added 3tbsp of Disaronno and served with raspberries and Amaretti biscuits.

gfnatalie's picture

Hello all,

We've had a lot of questions about the equipment used in this recipe and we're sorry it's taken us so long to get back to you. There was some contextual information missed off the original web recipe- this has now been added from the magazine. Please see the 'equipment' section. I hope this answers all your queries and sorry again we couldn't offer answers quicker. Enjoy the recipe!

BBC Good Food web team

elainemcadam's picture

Simple to make, inexpensive ingredients and so tasty - absolutely fabulous recipe!Iit was the perfect end to our dinner party and I'd have been thrilled to pay for this pudding in a top quality restaurant! I made a boozy orange sauce to accompany this torte by reducing the grated zest and juice of one orange, a splash of orange Cointreau, two tablespoons of caster sugar and a small amount of corn flour to thicken, I sieved the sauce into a squeezy bottle and zigzagged the sauce on a white plate before putting the torte on the top with a chunk of flake and the reserved candied zest from the sieve, and finally a quenelle of cream. My guests were really impressed and it was so easy !!

bakemeacake's picture

This torte is delicious and looked really professional in a glass dome on the dining room table. I want to try it with orange next time. This is a real show-stopper!

bess2001's picture

I made this for my husband as a birthday treat and it was absolutely beautiful......... it turned out exactly the way it should have........ and yes, it is very rich, i served with cream, and you only need a small piece, i made this on saturday night and still got half left, has been kept in fridge and has not dried up or been tainted with smells from other things. I will most definately make this again, and a lot of the other recipes that are here... so a big THANK YOU from me , and of course my chocoholic hubby

vaguegirl's picture

Awesome cake! made this for my birthday. I used blood orange rind and a splash of cointreau. mmm mmm

parham1's picture

Very easy to impress with this recipe. Don't fuss over the plastic, just use greaseproof paper or your preferred alternative, it doesn't matter. With regard to the size of tin, just make it and judge what size container is required. It doesn't matter if the torte comes out very thick or quite thin; just cut pieces accordingly. Be warned, though - it's extremely rich, so a little goes a long way!

charlotte_wood89's picture

I halved the coffee.

margaret-edwards9's picture

Does anyone in charge READ these comments? Queries were raised about size of cake tin etc as ong ago as May 2008, and yet, here we are, nearly in 2012, and no update has been made as to what equipment should be used. Surely it's not beyond the people in charge of this site to update the recipe page with relevant information.

margaret-edwards9's picture

Great recipe, pity no details are given about equipment.

gracie-sheffield's picture

would love to know about the plastic folder? and is there anything non coffee lovers can replace the coffee with? thanks,

georgia_dean's picture

i think that the plastic folder means a polly wolly..which worked for me:) delicious!:D

lhea-ibiza's picture

ok this was fine in the took over night to set tho - so be warned! also next time i might put a little less coffee a massive coffee drinker but there was a definite ever so slightly too bitter edge to it. other than that uber easy and uber tasty! will make again :-)

lhea-ibiza's picture

ok ive just made this 2 hours ago and its been in the fridge since.....just tried to take tin off and defo not set....going to give it over night....but fingers crossed its ok :-S


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