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Chocolate Bavarian Torte

Whenever I take this eye-catching torte to a potluck, I get so many requests for the recipe. —Edith Holmstrom, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 2 tablespoons grated semisweet chocolate


  • Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two 9-in. round baking pans. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and salt until smooth. Fold in cream.
  • Cut each cake horizontally into 2 layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; top with a fourth of the cream mixture. Sprinkle with a fourth of the chocolate. Repeat layers 3 times. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 495 calories, 33g fat (16g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 475mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • Taylor
    Dec 23, 2020

    Agree with Karen from Nov. 16, 2020 - - - it says "sprinkle with a fourth of the chocolate" for one step. Where is the step that tells us how to prepare for the chocolate layer??? Looks delicious and would love to make.

  • Karen
    Nov 16, 2020

    Am I missing the step on how to prepare the chocolate layer? It looks delicious

  • MissKarla
    Sep 30, 2020

    First,Oh My Gosh! This is excellent!! I served it at a Women's Retreat at church and had so many requests for the recipe. This is also my husband's new favorite. "Becky" the chocolate the recipe asks for between layers is the grated semi-sweet chocolate. I used an 80% cocoa bar found in the baking isle. I highly recommend this for a delicious dessert for any occasion.

  • Becky
    Jul 26, 2020

    It says to add 1/4 of the chocolate over each layer, but the recipe does not call for any chocolate. Help

  • Mary
    May 21, 2020

    No comment left

  • grantryan
    Feb 23, 2020

    I have been making this since it appeared in Taste of Home magazine in 1996. It is easy and DELICIOUS!

    Mar 5, 2019

    The recipe itself is more like the Hostess " SuzyQ". Any way made as stated - it tasted just like it, my fav as a child. ( I did substitute the 2/3 cup of brown sugar rather than 1/3, as stated by another reviewer) Made for the kids and they love it!! If i want this to taste like the "ding dong" I will add a layer of chocolate icing. I'll let you know how that turns out. :)

  • Patty
    Nov 8, 2018

    I'd change nothing. Absolutely delicious. My husband and family loved it. Thank you

  • Idahogem1
    Apr 12, 2015

    This was really tasty! My cakes came out a bit flat and broke apart a bit when I took them out of the pan so I made the ingredients into a Trifle instead. It was still a hit with everyone and my company took some home!

  • janrose
    Feb 12, 2015

    I can't use whipping cream could I use Cool Whip in place of?