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Mint Chocolate Torte

This recipe is a combination of two different ones—the chocolate cake from my childhood and the filling from a pie I saw in a cookbook. The flavor is reminiscent of an after-dinner chocolate mint. —Nadine Taylor, Durham, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    14 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • FILLING:
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • Dash salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 to 3 drops green food coloring, optional
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine cocoa and water until smooth; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder. Add the milk, mayonnaise, eggs, vanilla and cocoa mixture; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For filling, combine the marshmallows, milk and salt in a small saucepan; cook and stir over low heat until marshmallows are melted. Remove from the heat; stir in peppermint extract and food coloring if desired. Transfer to a bowl; refrigerate until chilled.
  • Fold in whipped cream. Place bottom cake layer on a serving plate; spread with a third of the filling. Repeat layers twice.
  • For topping, combine chocolate chips and cream in a small saucepan; cook and stir over low heat until chips are melted. Drizzle over top and down sides of cake. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 391 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 348mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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