Recipes and Cooking Desserts & Baking Cakes Tortes Dark Chocolate Torte Be the first to rate & review! Strawberry-balsamic jam takes the place of more traditional apricot jam as the filling in this special occasion cake. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on April 28, 2015 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Edmund Barr Prep Time: 45 mins Chill Time: 30 mins Cool Time: 2 hrs Bake Time: 30 mins Total Time: 45 mins Servings: 14 Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 5 ounce 90- to 99-percent-cocoa chocolate or unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped ½ cup butter 6 egg whites 6 egg yolks 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla ⅔ cup all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 ¼ cup sugar ¾ cup strawberry-balsamic jam* or apricot preserves 1 recipe Chocolate Ganache (see recipe below) Chocolate Ganache 6 ounce 70-percent cocoa chocolate or semisweet or bittersweet ½ cup whipping cream Directions In a medium saucepan melt chocolate and butter over low heat; transfer to a bowl and cool completely. In a large mixing bowl let egg whites stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Grease and lightly flour a 9-inch springform pan, set aside. Stir egg yolks and vanilla into the cooled chocolate mixture (mixture will become stiffer). Set chocolate mixture aside. In a small bowl stir together the flour and baking powder; set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat egg whites with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add the sugar, about 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed about 4 minutes or until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Fold about one-third of the egg white mixture into chocolate mixture. Fold chocolate mixture into remaining egg white mixture. Sift about one-third of the flour mixture over the egg mixture; gently fold in. Repeat twice, sifting and folding in one-third of the flour mixture at a time. Spread batter into the prepared pan. Bake about 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool cake completely in the pan on a wire rack. Meanwhile, stir jam or preserves to thin; set aside. Prepare Chocolate Ganache. Loosen cake from sides of pan and remove sides. Carefully remove bottom of pan from cake by loosening the cake with a knife. To assemble, cut cake horizontally into two even layers. Place the bottom layer, cut side up, on a wire rack set over a piece of parchment or waxed paper. Spread the jam or preserves on top of the cake layer on rack. Top with the second cake layer, cut side down. Pour Chocolate Ganache over torte, spreading as necessary to glaze top and sides completely. If any glaze has dripped onto the paper, spoon that glaze over the torte. Chill cake on rack until glaze is set, about 30 minutes. Carefully transfer cake to a serving platter. Makes 14 to 16 servings. Chocolate Ganache Coarsely chop the chocolate; set aside. In a medium saucepan bring the whipping cream to boiling over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Add the chocolate (do not stir). Let stand 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Cool for 10 minutes. *Note: Find strawberry-balsamic jam at specialty kitchen shops. Or, stir together 3/4 cup strawberry jam and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 291 Calories 17g Fat 34g Carbs 4g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 14 Calories 291 % Daily Value * Total Fat 17g 22% Saturated Fat 10g 50% Cholesterol 95mg 32% Sodium 95mg 4% Total Carbohydrate 34g 12% Total Sugars 25g Protein 4g Vitamin C 1.2mg 6% Calcium 30.3mg 2% Iron 1.4mg 8% Potassium 156mg 3% Folate, total 20.2mcg Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg Vitamin B-6 0mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.