This raspberry chocolate torte is an elegant, yet easy dessert that is perfect for any occasion. The raspberry coulis takes it to the next level and is as easy to make as the chocolate torte.
Not sure what a raspberry coulis is? Well, I actually hadn’t either…until I made this delicious sauce and found out it has a fancy name.
- Valentine’s Day progressive dinner
- The perfect raspberry chocolate dessert for Valentine’s Day, date night, or a progressive dinner
- What is a chocolate torte?
- One saucepan method
- How to make a gooey and fudgy chocolate torte
- What is a coulis?
- How to make a raspberry coulis
- Raspberry Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Coulis Recipe
Valentine’s Day progressive dinner
On Valentine’s Day, we celebrated by getting together with a few neighbors for a Progressive Dinner.
For those of you that have never heard of a Progressive Dinner, it is a dinner party in which successive courses are prepared and served at different locations, usually the residence of one of the hosts.
If you have never done one I highly recommend it.
It’s so much fun!
And if you do it, then consider this easy Slow Cooker Red Wine Braised Beef Ragu as your main course as it is elegant, easy, and mostly make ahead.
The perfect raspberry chocolate dessert for Valentine’s Day, date night, or a progressive dinner
Every Valentine’s Progressive Dinner needs a Valentine’s themed dessert. As the host for the dessert course, I decided we were going with the traditional Chocolate and Berries…… X 2.
Yes, I said TWO chocolate berry desserts, the first a decadent Chocolate Torte with a Raspberry Coulis and the second a White Chocolate Peppermint Covered Strawberry. They were both phenomenal and the perfect ending to our Valentine’s Evening.
What is a chocolate torte?
A chocolate torte is similar to a chocolate cake however it is a little more dense, and a little more fudgy due to the small amount of flour (or no flour). It may seem fancy but chocolate tortes have surprisingly few ingredients that are usually found right in your pantry.
- chocolate (the good stuff)
- pure vanilla extract
- flour (sometimes)
One saucepan method
This chocolate torte recipe is so incredibly easy, you can make the batter in one saucepan. The butter is melted directly in a sauce pan and then all other ingredients can be mixed directly in the saucepan before adding the batter to the prepared pan.
How to make a gooey and fudgy chocolate torte
First, prepare the spring form pan. Combine the powdered sugar and cocoa in a small bowl. Stir well. Coat a 9 inch spring form pan with butter along the bottom and half way up the sides. Add the sugar/cocoa mixture and turn the pan until it’s coated well. Shake out the excess sugar/cocoa.
Wrap tightly with 1-2 layers of aluminum foil to prevent spills in your oven.
The star of the show in a chocolate torte is, well…the chocolate. So make sure to use the good quality stuff! I recommend using a chocolate with 60% or more cocoa content, like a bittersweet or dark chocolate.
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Remove from the heat, add the chocolate chips, and stir until the chocolate chips are melted. Add the sugar and stir well. Cool slightly and then add the eggs, vanilla and salt. Stir well. NOTE: make sure you allow the mixture to cool before adding the eggs or you will have scrambled eggs in your batter.
Add the flour, stir until just combined, then pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake at 325 degrees for about 38 to 42 minutes or until the middle is just set (no jiggling when the pan is moved). A toothpick will NOT come out clean when inserted into the middle. Let the torte cool for 20 minutes, then run a knife around the edges and remove from the pan. Garnish with raspberries.
Just look at the inside of this decant, fudgy chocolate torte.
Now that your chocolate torte is complete, you need to dress it up with a homemade raspberry coulis.
What is a coulis?
Coulis is a french sauce that made from pureed and strained fruits or vegetables.
How to make a raspberry coulis
Making a raspberry coulis is also surprisingly simple.
Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the raspberries soften and break apart, about 5 minutes. Stir well to mash up the raspberries and then strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve into a small dish. Allow to cool. Serve a small spoonful with the torte. A little goes a long way.
Looking for additional elegant and easy Valentine’s Day or special occasion desserts? Try this Whipped Vanilla Bean Ricotta Cream with Macerated Strawberries and Balsamic Reduction.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Raspberry Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Coulis Recipe
- springform pan
- fine mesh strainer
- 2 sticks unsalted butter
- 1 ¼ cups bittersweet chocolate chips (or chocolate of choice)
- 1 cup sugar
- 5 large eggs.
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
For the pan:
- butter for greasing the pan
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- 1 cup raspberries (tightly packed)
- 4 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 325.
- Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
- Remove from the heat.
- Add the chocolate chips and stir until the chocolate chips are melted.
- Add sugar and stir well. Set aside to cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the cocoa powder and powdered sugar.
- Grease a 9 inch spring form pan with butter and then dust with the cocoa powder mixture.
- Shake out the excess.
- Wrap the outside of the pan tightly with aluminum foil. Set aside.
- Add the eggs to the slightly cooled chocolate mixture and stir well.
- Add the vanilla and salt, stir well.
- Add the flour and stir until just combined.
- Pour into the prepared pan and spread to even out the batter.
- Bake at 325 for about 38-42 minutes or until the middle is set and slightly firm to the touch (a tooth pick inserted into the middle will NOT come out clean).
- Remove from the oven and cool for at least 20 minutes before removing from the pan.
- Prior to removing the torte from the pan, run a knife around the edges of the torte to prevent sticking.
- Garnish with raspberries.
- For the coulis, add all ingredients to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer.
- Simmer until the raspberries soften and break apart, about 5 minutes.
- Stir well until all are well mashed.
- Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve into a small dish.
- Allow to cool.
- Serve a small spoonful with the torte. A little goes a long way