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Chocolate Mousse Torte


4 hours
Skill Level
1 cake

Layers of chocolate cake are delicious enough. Filling each layer with a rich but light chocolate mousse is a chocolate lover's dream. This torte recipe is perfect, no matter the occasion.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
20 minutes
Bake Time
17 minutes
Cool Time
1 hour
Chill Time
2 hours


  • 2/3 cup
    butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup
  • 3
  • 1-1/2 tsps
    vanilla extract
  • 2 cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa or HERSHEY'S Special Dark Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 tsps
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/3 cup
  • Chocolate Mousse Filling
  • 1 tsp
    unflavored gelatin
  • 1 Tbsp
    cold water
  • 2 Tbsps
    boiling water
  • 1 cup
    cold whipping cream (1/2 pt.)
  • 1/3 cup
    powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsps
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa or HERSHEY'S Special Dark Cocoa
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 
oven oven
jelly-roll pan jelly-roll pan
large mixing bowl large mixing bowl
mixer mixer
wire rack wire rack
refrigerator refrigerator
ruler ruler
foil foil

Heat oven to 350°F. Line 15-1/2x10-1/2x1-inch jelly-roll pan with foil; grease and flour foil.


Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to butter mixture, alternately with milk, beating until well blended. Spread batter in prepared pan.


Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Invert onto wire rack; carefully peel off foil. Cool completely.


Prepare Chocolate Mousse Filling. Trim edges from cake; cut cake crosswise into 4 equal pieces, each about 9x3-1/2 inches. Place one layer on serving plate; spread with about 1/2 cup filling. Repeat with 2 more layers; pipe or spread fourth layer with remaining filling. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Cover; refrigerate leftover torte.

Chocolate Mousse Filling:

  1. Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in small cup; let stand several minutes to soften. Add boiling water; stir until gelatin is dissolved and mixture is clear. Cool 5 minutes.
  2. Beat whipping cream, powdered sugar, cocoa and vanilla in medium bowl until thickened; pour in gelatin mixture and beat until stiff. Use immediately. 

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