Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: Holy Yum...Best Cake Ever...Chocolate Bavarian Torte

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Holy Yum...Best Cake Ever...Chocolate Bavarian Torte

If you are a follower of my blog (thanks, by the way!) you'll remember reading that last weekend my family gathered to celebrate various birthdays over the last couple of months.

And in true style, my mom made the birthday cake. It was heavenly. Chocolate upon chocolate, upon whipped cream, upon more chocolate. If you like chocolate (does anyone not?) you'll love this cake.

Best part? It's simple. While my mom was reading the recipe over the phone to me yesterday, I was actually shocked at how simple it is. The base is a devils food cake mix, which couldn't make it any easier.

And for all you gluten intolerant folks out there, this mix could easily be swapped out with your favorite gluten free or homemade mix, and it would be one in the same.
It is OK to indulge every once in awhile. Trust me, you'll be fine, one slice won't kill ya!


Chocolate Bavarian Torte
1 devil's food cake mix (w/o pudding)
8 oz. cream cheese
2/3 c. brown sugar
1 t. vanilla
1/8 t. salt
2 c. whipping cream
2 T. grated chocolate

Mix cake as directed. (For a healthier version, simply mix 1 can of pumpkin into the dry cake mix - trust me it works!). Bake in two round cake pans. Cool slightly, remove from pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

Using a mixer, beat whipping cream until fluffy. In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese, brown sugar, vanilla and salt until fluffy. Fold in whipped cream.

Slice each cake layer into two (totaling 4 layers). Spread 1/4 c. of whipped cream and shavings of chocolate in between each layer. Make sure to place the rounded part of the top layer facing up, this will help to prevent crumbs getting into the cream (you want it to look pretty on top, don't you?). Top with more shaved chocolate.

Cover and refrigerate overnight. Keep refrigerated while storing.


Unfortunately, this cake won't last long. Trust me, it tastes like a gourmet version of a Hostess Swiss Cake Roll. Except those have fake ingredients, this doesn't.

On a side note:


All you do is enter the bar code (next to the exp. date) on your milk carton, and this website will tell you where your milk came from. In some cases it will also tell you which farm/plant it came from, but mine just brought up the state.

Ours was from New Mexico! Considering I live in Iowa, that was a little disturbing. I should be buying local.

Do you buy local dairy products? Produce? Meat?

Personally, I cannot wait until May where our outdoor farmer's markets open around here!

20 comments:

  1. This look so yummy! Can I have a piece please..

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  2. That cake looks absolutely fantastic!! I love chocolate and whip cream so much, so it is right up my alley!! It also looks so photogenic :)

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  3. hot daaaang girl, that cake looks awesome! do you think it would make a good breakfast? ;)

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  4. That cake looks huge, and delicious. It's cool that it uses a boxed cake mix too!

    If you make boxed cake with just the mix and a can of pumpkin does it really turn out? How big of a can of pumpkin do you use?

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  5. Wow that cake looks DELICIOUS!!!

    I am fortunate that there is an open-air farmers market near me that is open year-round! I get local dairy, produce, and meat there every week. :)

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  6. Samantha - yes, using one can of pumpkin (15 oz) I believe, works out everytime! It will seem like you need to mix something else in, b/c the batter is really thick, but it works I promise! Then you don't have to use eggs, oil, etc. and you get the added fiber from the pumpkin.

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  7. I will definitely have to wait till my husband gets home to make that one. I eat the whole darn thing haha. I have no self control when it comes to sweet things. I did save the recipe though :)

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  8. Um, that site, http://www.whereismymilkfrom.com, creepy. And yet, everyone NEEDS to know this stuff! Watch Food Inc. It's crazy.

    Oh, secret, I'm not 100% raw or vegan- although I like to think that I am. I eat mostly raw and vegan but I do like my fish every once in a while. And my boyfriend makes some mean lamb burgers.

    And I love reading your blog! You have great recipes! :)

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  9. That cake looks wicked. And easy! My birthday's coming up : ) I'm afraid to try the milk thing, but I'm doing it immediately when I get home. The Farmers' Markets can't open soon enough!

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  10. I'm not a big chocolate fat and I've never had a Swiss Cake Roll! haha When I moved in w/ Johnny he made me try a Twinkie and a Big Mac b/c I had had neither before either! I think the craziest my mom got when we were little was buying corn chips and generic soda for parties. I wasn't ever raised on that stuff so when I eat it now it just seems too greasy, sweet, salty, etc. I guess a blessing in disguise, huh?!

    I checked my milk and it's Illinios! Woohoo! But it didn't have any further info. In the summer our Jewel has diff. signs in front of produce to tell which is local and even sometimes which farms items come from. I think it's safe to bet that everything in the winter is probably shipped in!

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  11. i agree 100% about the farmers market! its too bad we dont live somewhere where we could have fresh produce all year round :(
    im totally going to check out that site!

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  12. Yummmmm. I love that cake!! Your mom is one smart cookie!
    And I do like to buy locally when I can. Farmers markets make me happy. It's one of my favorite things to do on the weekends in summertime

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  13. Yum-o!! Definatly gonna make this....for my sisters birthday-she LOVES chocolate!!
    Thanks for the recipe:)

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  14. Oh I will so have to make this! Thanks for linking it up to Lisa's site!

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  15. The cake does look scrumptious! I like the description like Swiss Cake Roll. Our farmers market won't start until late June. :-(

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  16. That just sounds fantastic!! I will have to make it! And I'll have to check my milk though I think it's at least from my state. Thanks for linking up!

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  17. That just sounds fantastic!! I will have to make it! And I'll have to check my milk though I think it's at least from my state. Thanks for linking up!

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  18. Yum-o!! Definatly gonna make this....for my sisters birthday-she LOVES chocolate!!
    Thanks for the recipe:)

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  19. Yummmmm. I love that cake!! Your mom is one smart cookie!
    And I do like to buy locally when I can. Farmers markets make me happy. It's one of my favorite things to do on the weekends in summertime

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  20. Wow that cake looks DELICIOUS!!!

    I am fortunate that there is an open-air farmers market near me that is open year-round! I get local dairy, produce, and meat there every week. :)

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