Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte

It was the big FOUR for my elder sister. She celebrated her birthday on the first Sunday of the new year. We helped with some of the planning. It was my honour to bake a birthday cake for her celebration. We discussed about the cake which she would like to have. Finally, we confirmed on dark chocolate truffle torte as she is a chocolate fanatic, but dislikes normal flour cakes!
Since she was inviting friends and family members, she needed a cake that is enough to feed about 30 persons. I proposed to make a 2-tier cake for her and she was agreeable. The largest cake that could fit into my oven was 10". So I made a 10" and 8" round cakes for her, and topped them with lots of strawberries and blueberries.
At her request to have one more dessert for her catering food, I decided to make mini Nutella Cupcakes and have them displayed in my 3-tier trays. I also made a mini-tag for it. Some of her friends actually thought that the cupcakes came with the caterer! *grin*
 
Back to the dark, rich chocolate torte. I've made this torte before and I really like it. It is very smooth. It's like the cake version of nama chocolates. You can find the original recipe from Rose Levy here, and a recipe with slight modification from Taste Goblet Blog. The original recipe makes a 8", approx. 1.5" high cake. Actually, a 10" cake is enough to serve about 20-25 persons as the cake is really rich.
For the 10" cake, I doubled the recipe, and made a 2" high cake. This is how I made it.

Recipe for 10" Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte, adapted from "The Cake Bible"

Ingredients:
908g 70% Chocolates, chopped coarsely (You can use any bittersweet chocolates, like Valrhona, Aalst etc)
454g Unsalted butter
12 Large eggs, (600g withou shells)

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 200C. Prepare a 10" springform pan, buttered, and bottom lined with buttered parchment or wax paper; outside of pan wrapped with a double layer of heavy-duty foil. A bigger pan to serve as a water bath.
2. Melt chocolates and butter in a large bowl in a microwave. Check and stir every 5secs. Do not over heat the chocolates. Stir until smooth. Leave aside.
3. Whisk the eggs in another large bowl over double boiler until warm to touch.
4. Remove from heat and continue beating until the mixture triples in volume and holds soft peaks.
5. Fold half of the eggs into the chocolate mixture until it is almost incorporated. It is important that you fold the EGGS into the chocolate and not the other way because this keeps the torte light.
6 Fold the remaining half of the eggs into the chocolate-egg mixture until it is just blended and no streaks remain. Use a rubber spatula to finish folding, scraping up the mixture from the bottom to ensure that all the heavier chocolate mixture gets incorporated.
7. Pour the batter into the 10" pan and place in a hot water bath.
8. Bake for 8 mins. Then cover the top of the cake loosely with a large piece of foil and bake another 16 mins. The cake will look barely done, with centre wobbly, but it’s supposed to be that way.
9. Remove cake from oven and from the water bath and leave to cool for an hour in the pan, on a wire rack. Cover tightly and chill overnight.
10. To remove cake from tin, use a torch, hair drier, or a hot damp towel to wipe the sides of the pan. (I used a blow torch.)
11. Run a thin metal spatula around the sides of the torte and release the sides of the springform pan. Place the plastic-wrapped plate on top and invert the torte onto it. Peel off greaseproof paper at the bottom of the torte. Turn it over again onto a serving plate/board.
12.  Decorate as desired. Or topped it with whipping cream before serving. Enjoy!
Note:
~ Bring the cake out of the fridge about half an hour before serving. When it is softer, you will be able to experience the smooth texture that melts in your mouth.
~ Best served with strawberries or raspberries to complement the dark chocolates.
~ You may add 3 tbsp of sugar if you prefer a sweeter torte. Add it to the eggs when you are beating it.

23 comments:

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...
January 9, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Rose's recipes always have a distinct name, one can easily indentify it. LOL.

BTW, Love those cupcakes.

Passionate About Baking said...
January 9, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Haha...you could tell if you have her books. :) Thanks for the compliment. Got the recipe from a workshop.

Quinn said...
January 9, 2011 at 1:40 PM

That cake looks sinfully rich and yummy. I love tortes but I can never eat a lot because of how rich they are....The cake is beautifully done and the cupcakes are also gorgeously stacked. Great job and lucky sister!

thecoffeesnob said...
January 9, 2011 at 2:07 PM

This truffle torte has been on my to-make list since I first got the Baking Bible some years ago. Now I definitely have to put it on the top of the list!

Jean said...
January 9, 2011 at 3:36 PM

the cake bible is one of my fav baking books! ur chocolate cake look sinfully delicious, can i have a slice pls? hehe

ReeseKitchen said...
January 9, 2011 at 5:36 PM

WOW...this was so beautifuly done!! You did a good job!! Happy Birthday to you sis...:)

j3ss kitch3n said...
January 9, 2011 at 9:25 PM

wow the cuppies are beautiful!

busygran said...
January 9, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Jane, truly indulgent and I can imagine the richness of the torte and I love the contrast of the fruit! Your mini cupcakes look like ferrero rocher!

Biren @ Roti n Rice said...
January 10, 2011 at 5:01 AM

That's a gorgeous cake! You sister is so fortunate to have someone bake her such a lovely cake. Those nutella cupcakes look delicious too :)

Passionate About Baking said...
January 10, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Hi Quinn,
Thanks! Yes, it's very yummy rich! It's only upon special occasion or request then I'll bake this. Otherwise, I won't be able to finish it too!

Hi Laureen,
Ah yes! Move it up your "To-Do" list. It's well worth the calories! LOL!

Hi Jean,
It's my favourite book too! And it was the first book I owned without much pictures! Have you tried this torte?

Passionate About Baking said...
January 10, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Hi Reese,
Thanks very much! She did had a great time!

Hi j3ss,
Thanks! They sure are cute and yummy! LOL!

Hi busygran,
Thanks! I guess one of the better ways to pair a rich dark chocolate will be strawberry, in terms of taste and look! :) Ah yes, the "ferrero rocher" look alike is as good as the chocolate!

Hi Biren,
Thanks for dropping by and your compliment!

Wen said...
January 10, 2011 at 9:27 AM

The mini nutella cuppies look so inviting! I wish to pop one into my mouth... haha! The 2 tier choc cake also very well done! Your sis is so blessed to have you.

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...
January 10, 2011 at 11:12 AM

This is so impressive, Jane! Maybe you will be getting orders soon!

Kitchen Corner said...
January 10, 2011 at 12:03 PM

WOW Jane! That's very pretty cake! And the mini nutella cupcakes look so tempting to me. Drooling..... :P

Passionate About Baking said...
January 10, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Hi Wen,
Thanks! Yes, very easy to pop a mini cupcake, it's one after another! Haha...

Hi Shirley,
Thanks! Ya, who wants to order? ;p

Hi Grace,
Thanks! I'm sure you'll like the truffle torte and nutella cupcakes too!

Jo said...
January 10, 2011 at 3:32 PM

I wonder why this recipe is called "oblivion"? Maybe after having a slice you would be in a happy "oblivion" mood. And by the look of the 2 tier cake anyone would be.

Jess @ Bakericious said...
January 11, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Jane, the cake is so pretty and looks yummy, I like the mini cupcakes too, so nice!

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...
January 12, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Salute! You're incredible, Jane. So much work, and I believe, under pressure to deliver to, right? ;) Am v tempted to try the torte since I have a lot of chocs in my larder. ;)

edith said...
January 12, 2011 at 7:46 PM

always nice to have a reason to party.

Jo said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:52 PM

I wonder why this recipe is called "oblivion"? Maybe after having a slice you would be in a happy "oblivion" mood. And by the look of the 2 tier cake anyone would be.

Passionate About Baking said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Hi Wen,
Thanks! Yes, very easy to pop a mini cupcake, it's one after another! Haha...

Hi Shirley,
Thanks! Ya, who wants to order? ;p

Hi Grace,
Thanks! I'm sure you'll like the truffle torte and nutella cupcakes too!

Passionate About Baking said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Hi Reese,
Thanks very much! She did had a great time!

Hi j3ss,
Thanks! They sure are cute and yummy! LOL!

Hi busygran,
Thanks! I guess one of the better ways to pair a rich dark chocolate will be strawberry, in terms of taste and look! :) Ah yes, the "ferrero rocher" look alike is as good as the chocolate!

Hi Biren,
Thanks for dropping by and your compliment!

Biren @ Roti n Rice said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:52 PM

That's a gorgeous cake! You sister is so fortunate to have someone bake her such a lovely cake. Those nutella cupcakes look delicious too :)

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