Tantalising Chocolate Torte


chocolate torte


Check out my husband Peter’s tantalising chocolate torte!

Following this BBC recipe here but with his own little twist, he promises it’s epic!

Importantly, it’s super simple to make-I’m told, haha!


200g/7oz 70% dark chocolate, chopped
3 large free-range eggs
110g/4oz unsalted butter, diced
150g/5oz brown sugar
60g/2oz self-raising flour
3 tbsp orange liquor (we like filfa liquor)
pinch salt

For the chocolate glaze:
100g/3½oz dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), chopped
60g/2oz unsalted butter, diced
1 tbsp orange liquor (optional)


Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Prepare a 23cm/9in cake tin by lining it with non-stick baking parchment and greasing the sides.

Place chocolate in a medium sized bowl over a pan of boiling water.

Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks and put into different bowls.

Stir the chocolate.

Once it’s melted, remove from the heat and beat the butter into the chocolate until it melts into a shiny liquid.

Add the sugar to the bowl with the egg yolks and whisk until light and fluffy.

Stir the chocolate mixture into the egg yolk mixture and add the orange liquer.

Idelaly using an electric whisk, whisk the egg whites with the salt until stiff peaks are formed.

Stir a spoonful of egg white into the chocolate batter mixture then fold in the remaining egg whites into the cake mixture.

Pour the cake mixture into a greased tin and bake for 40-50 minutes, until it is firm to the touch.

Remove and cool for 5-10 minutes, then turn out onto a cake rack to finish cooling.

To make the glaze, place the chocolate into a bowl set over a simmering pan of hot water. Once melted beat in the butter and liquer.

Leave to cool for 5-10 minutes, until it’s a gloopy mixture.

Spread the glaze over the cake and down the sides using a palette knife and serve.

Photograph ©Peter Broadbent .


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59 Responses

  1. Sharmin

    This looks so delicious. Love chocolate cake and I cannot believe this has no calories in it, amazing. You’ve got one talented husband 😉 *Books ticket to Leeds* xx
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    • Honest Mum

      Haha! Thanks darling Shar, hope you do book and come see us soon x
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  2. Sophie at Franglaise Cooking

    This looks amazing – we’re quite big fans of chocolate desserts in this house, so this one will need trying out I think! Thanks for giving us a shout-out from last week – really made my day 🙂 And yes please for an invite to the Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest board x
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    • Honest Mum

      Yay thanks lovely and my pleasure, adore your posts. I’ve invited you to the board x
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  3. Angela

    Wow – lucky you for having a hubby who can bake. Looks fab!
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  4. Alice Megan

    The rule in my house is all my baking is 0 calories! This looks delicious might have to give it a go
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  5. Notmyyearoff

    That looks so nice and it looks like its ok to make too – I always worry things like this might be too hard or complicated!
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  6. Merlinda (@pixiedusk)

    Thats really tantalizing. I am actually thinking of chocolates at the moment, craving and theres nothing in the house so its painful (Im PMSing) and seeing this is torture =P

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    • Honest Mum

      @Merlinda oh no, run to the nearest shop, quick!
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  7. Alison

    Now I want some, I shouldn’t have looked
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  8. Emma Kershaw

    Wow that looks absolutely amazing! I’m so gutted I’m on a diet right now 🙁 Popping over from the Share With Me link up xx
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  9. Hannah Parker

    It is NOT good for me to be looking at this right now. I want to eat chocolate so bad right now!!

    Definitely on the food porn list 🙂 xx
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  10. Mel

    This torte looks like my kind of dessert! Thank you so much for mentioning the recipe I linked last week. I have just added my quick and easy chorizo pasta. Will be back later tonight to comment on the mouth-watering recipes from this week! x Mel
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  11. mel @mydaysni

    This looks absolutely divine! Who doesn’t love chocolate, and if I served it with fruit like you have, then I could make it count towards one of my 5 a day!
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    • honestmum

      Haha, totes 5 a day although now they’re recommending 7!
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  12. Mama and more aka Zaz

    We are so chocolated-out after hubby’s bday, but could possibly squeeze this one in too! Thanks for hosting xx
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  13. Sonia Constant

    I love the look of this, Chocolate Torte is so yummy and I have never attempted to make it on my own before. How exciting that I have a recipe to follow now!
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  14. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    Ooh, gone sweet <3 …Already wishing for a proper kitchen!! But loving our roadtrip 😉
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  15. Jenny

    This looks delicious. I am doing a dinner at my house soon I definitely will try this for the dessert. Thanks for hosting my lovely. Looks yummy. Can’t beat desserts!
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  16. Mummy Says

    Yum! This looks amazing – and definitely calorie free 😉 I think my husband might need some cooking lessons from yours… X
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