Chocolate Fruit Endeavor Torte
Celebration is one of the ways to express ourselves and give appreciation for many things to many people. Food is one of the ways we, as culture, love to create beautiful moments that stay with us for a long long time. Food is Memories. That phrase comes from the movie “The Hundred-Foot Journey” which is a classic to watch and take it all in! Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal exercise their best skills in what it takes to create a memory with every single bite.
Watch the movie. But the lesson to take away from it is that food is indeed one or our strongest ways to say many things like “I care about you;” “I wish you a beautiful day;” “What a great MOM you are!” “Let’s make a unique gift for our DAD.” And that list can go on and on.
This Chocolate Fruit Endeavor Torte is about celebration of tastes. And this grand dessert’s gotta be experienced with someone! Share your emotions – together. Take small bites to enjoy every morsel. And in the moments like these, you shall experience something more profound than anything else that will bring you together closer in understanding and touching your souls with compassion, love and deep friendships.
And looking back, you will smile and remember how it felt. Then, why not to cook up a storm in the kitchen this weekend or when it is a good time for you (there’s no better time than now!), and invite those who we care about to celebrate the tastes and flavors of this life’s torte – together?
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt (you can use Greek yogurt)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups whole-wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup good-quality cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup milk (I prefer whole, but skim milk will work fine)
- 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 pint fresh strawberries
- 1/2 pint fresh blackberries
- 1/2 pint fresh blueberries
- 2 big bunches of green or red grapes
- 1 pint raspberries
- 1 homemade whipped cream recipe or store bought (1 tub)
- Store-bought chocolate syrup for drizzle
- 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar, optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare (spray or butter and flour) two 8-inch round cake pans.
- Warm the coconut oil in microwave for up to 30 seconds; you want it softened or even melted (but not hot to the touch).
- Pour coconut oil into stand mixer with paddle attachment.
- Add in brown sugar, applesauce, egg, yogurt and vanilla extract, and mix until combined.
- In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder.
- With mixer on low, slowly add a third of the dry ingredients into the applesauce mixture, alternating with the milk. Keep alternating until the dry ingredients and milk are gone.
- Remove bowl from stand mixer and fold in chocolate chips by hand.
- Divide batter between two cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 22 to 26 minutes or until an inserted toothpick is removed clean. (Cooking times can vary depending on quality of ingredients and weather conditions.)
- Cool cakes in pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to wire rack.
- Rinse all fruit so that it is shiny and clean.
- Prepare whipped cream (and prepare chocolate sauce if you are making from scratch).
- Place one cooled layer of cake on cake stand and cover in about 3/4 cup of whipped cream.
- Place a strawberry that is a about 1 to 1 1/2 inches high in the center of the cake, upside down. This will help the whipped cream to not schmoosh out when you place the next layer on.
- Now take some of your fruit and spread it around the edges of the cake. Because this is a naked cake, you will want to pay attention to how you place the fruit on the edge.
- Once cake is covered in fruit, place next layer of chocolate cake on top. Starting with a bunch of grapes that are still attached to the vine, place grapes on cake and then start building up around them. Fill in with blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, and place a few more grapes around to balance the color.
- Finally, place some strawberries around the edge and maybe even one on top.
- Drizzle chocolate sauce over cake and chill until ready to serve. If you want to add confectioners’ sugar, sprinkle immediately before serving.
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