I need to start off by saying that I'm kind of phoning this post in and as a result there are no pictures. My apologies. I've been attempting to recover from some things for the last couple of weeks and instead of cooking, baking and taking detailed shots of the finished product, I've instead been applying vapor rub like a boss and eating organic spaghetti O's out of a can. Yeah. Paints a purty picture doesn't it?
Anyway, here is an extremely easy and delicious recipe that my mom used to make for us. If you want to get fancy you can of course make the batter and whipped cream from scratch BUT then again you could just knock this cake out with minimal effort using mixes and look like a hero.
Easy Chocolate Torte
*Note: the cake mix requires additional ingredients that aren't listed below.
1 chocolate cake mix
2 packages (4 oz each) Baker's semi-sweet chocolate bars
3/4 c. unsalted butter
1/2 c. chopped, toasted almonds (optional but they add a nice crunch)
1 8 oz cool whip topping
Bake the cake mix in two 9-inch rounds. Once cooled, split each round in half. Melt 1 3/4 worth of the chocolate bars, butter and nuts (if using). Spread 1/2 of melted chocolate mixture on first layer. Place second cake on top and spread 1/2 cool whip topping. Alternate with remaining layers, ending with cool whip. Grate remaining chocolate bar and sprinkle on top with a few nuts (if using). You could even add fresh mint, strawberries, raspberries, cinnamon, etc. if you want to add a little extra flair.