Seriously delicious, this cake is unleavened, thus Kosher for Passover, but no matter what time of year you make it, it is always a treasure of Austrian and Jewish cookery.
Viennese Chocolate Torte for Passover

Viennese Chocolate Torte for Passover
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Recipe type: Baked Goods
Cuisine: Austrian
Serves: 1 torte
  • 8 eggs, separated
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted, cold
  • 1/4 Cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 2 Cups ground walnuts
  • 1/3 Cup cake meal
  • 1/3 Cup potato starch
  • 2 oranges peeled sectioned
Orange Filling
  • 10 ounces jar apricot preserves
  • 1 orange peeled and section
Chocolate Glaze
  • 1/2 Cup orange juice
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  2. Have an ungreased 10-inch tube pan 4 1/2 inches high.
  3. Beat egg yolks with 1/2 Cup sugar until very thick. Blend in chocolate, orange juice and rind. Mix 1 cup nuts with cake meal and potato starch. Fold into yolk mixture.
  4. With clean dry beaters, beat whites until foamy. Gradually beat in remaining 1/2 cup sugar until stiff peaks form. Gently fold yolk mixture into beaten whites. Turn into tube pan and bake 55 to 60 minutes, until cake tests done.
  5. Invert pan on rack and let cake hang until completely cool.
  6. Remove from pan and slice cake in half horizontally. Spread orange filling over top of bottom half. top with second layer. Coat cake with glaze. Garnish with remaining 1 cup nuts and the orange sections.
Orange filling
  1. Melt preserves; stir in orange sections. Cool 5 minutes.
Chocolate Glaze
  1. Heat orange juice. Remove from heat, add chocolate, stirring until melted smooth. Cool 5 minutes.

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