Friday, February 16, 2007

Friday's Feast (kind of)

It's Friday, and I'm posting a recipe. That's my definition of Friday's Feast - I'm such a rebel.
Anyway, I blatantly stole this recipe from Pillsbury. But, it is AWESOME!! I have made it a couple of times, and you can also use frozen strawberries if fresh strawberries are not readily available. This cake rocks!!

Fudge-Strawberry Cream Torte

Brownie Layers
1 box (19.5 oz) Pillsbury® Brownie Classics Traditional fudge brownie mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
3 eggs

Strawberry Cream
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 container (6 oz) Yoplait Thick & Creamy strawberry yogurt
1 1/2 cups finely chopped fresh strawberries

Chocolate Fudge
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (9 oz)

1 teaspoon powdered sugar
6 small to medium fresh whole strawberries, halved

1 . Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottoms of 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray.* Make brownie mix as directed on box for cake-like brownies using oil, water and eggs. Spread half of batter evenly in each pan. Bake 18 to 23 minutes. Cool on wire racks 10 minutes. Run knife around brownie layers to loosen. Place wire racks upside down over pans; turn racks and pans over. Remove pans. Cool completely, about 35 minutes.

2 . Meanwhile, in small bowl, beat granulated sugar and cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Beat in strawberry yogurt until smooth and creamy. Fold in chopped strawberries. Refrigerate while brownie layers cool.

3 . In 1-quart saucepan, heat whipping cream over medium heat, stirring constantly, just until cream begins to boil. Remove from heat. Add chocolate chips; press into cream. Cover; let stand 3 minutes. Vigorously beat with wire whisk until smooth. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

4 . To assemble torte, place 1 brownie layer on serving plate. Spread half of strawberry cream evenly over brownie to within 1 inch of edge. Carefully spoon and spread half of chocolate fudge almost to edge of strawberry cream. Repeat layers, ending with chocolate fudge. Arrange halved strawberries in spoke fashion on top of torte. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

5 . To serve,** sprinkle powdered sugar over top of torte and around plate. Carefully cut torte with hot knife into wedges to avoid “cracking” of chocolate fudge on top. Store loosely covered in refrigerator.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft):Stir 1/2 cup flour into dry brownie mix. Increase water to 1/3 cup. Bake 21 to 25 minutes.


Desert Songbird said...

I may to make this sometime soon. Looks de-lish.

You know, if I bring this to the next pitch in/pot luck, I might give some other women a real inferiority complex....mwahahahahahaha!

Christie said...

wow!! that looks dee-lish! i may have to try it! i totally know what you mean about the baking with the kids, i had kind of a disaster making a cake valentine's day, not to mention the recipe off Martha didn't quite work out in the end. Oh well! But this looks fab!

kfk said...

That must be what heaven is all about! Chocolate and strawberries! Looks scrumptious.

Crazy Working Mom said...

OHMYGAWD...that made my tummy growl and my mouth water just lookin' at it! How scrumptious. :p