An early Holiday gift from me to you.

by Soma Sengupta

Choc TorteIt’s that time of year!  Perhaps you’re hosting or perhaps you’re attending.  In any case, below I give you my favorite dessert recipe.  It’s so easy a child can do it to perfection.  Just melt, mix, pour, bake.  And out comes the most intense chocolate experience.  I accompany this with whipped cream (beat heavy cream with sugar and vanilla extract until semi stiff.  Use your senses, taste & smell & DO NOT overwhip.  If you raise your beater, cream should hold, but needn’t stand up & salute) and strawberry sauce (thaw a container of frozen strawberries or any berries and liquefy in a blender or by a hand-held).  Both are ridiculously easy to make too but are celestial accompaniments to this torte.

Soma’s Holiday Chocolate Torte     


  • 8 oz semisweet chocolate (Baker’s is fine, but go wild if you want);
  • 8 oz salted butter
  • I cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (this cannot be imitation.  Trust me!)
  • 4 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350.

Butter at 9″ round cake pan, line the bottom with a round of parchment paper cut to fit, butter the paper and dust the pan with cocoa powder, shake out excess.

Place broken up chocolate and melt with the butter in a heavy saucepan over lowest possible heat & cover.  Or, you can place the pan in another pan containing simmering water.  Remove cover when partially melted & stir.  When fully melted, remove from heat and stir in sugar, stirring until no sugar granules are visible.  Add the eggs one at a time, whisking after each addition.  Pour into pan and place in a jelly roll pan, adding a small amount of hot water. Bake about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let cool.  REFRIGERATE OVERNIGHT.

Run a sharp knife around the rim, place a cake plate or cutting board over the top of the pan, and turn it over, bang several times if you need to dislodge the cake.

Let stand for 30-45 minutes until sides are soft enough to be smoothed with a knife. Remove parchment round.

You can serve the whipped cream on the side.  I spread all of it (I usually whip 2 cups) in a thick layer, as thick as the torte, on the torte. It looks spectacular!  If you do this, refrigerate the iced torte.

If you don’t ice, sprinkle the entire top with cocoa powder.  Sometimes, the top can look a little messy, but this makes it look beautiful.

Easy?  The best things are.

Good luck, enjoy and let me know how it goes.

Happy Holidays!



  • Jayne Cho

    This is a great recipe. I tried it and it worked out perfectly!


  • Yvonne Jaworski

    Great recipe. My friends loved the torte.