Chocolate torte is a type of chocolate cake made with many eggs and usually ground nuts or even bread crumbs instead of, or in addition to, flour. It originated in Central Europe.Sweet icing is a common element in most tortes.
A number of European tortes don't have layers, but, when the cake is layered, a thick covering of icing is placed between the layers, and there is almost always icing on the tops and sides as well. (In America, wedding cakes are sometimes called tortes.)
The most well-known chocolate tortes include the Austrian Sacher torte,
the many-layered Hungarian Dobos torte, and the German Black Forest Cake:
Sacher-torte is a legendary chocolate cake, thinly coated by hand with superior-quality apricot jam.
It was invented in 1832 by Franz Sacher in Vienna, Austria.
It's one of the most famous Viennese culinary specialties.
Dobos Torte or "Dobosh Torte" is a celebrated Hungarian cake invented in 1884 by József C. Dobos, a well-known Hungarian confectioner. Dobos's goal was to make a cake that would last longer than other pastries.
It's a five-layer sponge cake, layered with chocolate buttercream and topped with thin caramel slices that help prevent the cake from drying out.
Sometimes the sides of the cake are coated with ground hazelnuts, chestnuts, walnuts or almonds but the original cake does not have a coating.
Black Forest Cake
"Black Forest Cake" (American) and "Black Forest Gateau" (British) are the English names for the southern German dessert "Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte"--literally, "Black Forest Cherry Torte".
Typically, Black Forest Cake consists of several layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer.
The cake is then decorated with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings. In some European traditions sour cherries are used instead of the maraschinos.
Traditionally, Kirschwasser (cherry brandy) is added to the cake. Other liquors are also used such as rum, which is common in Austrian recipes. In the United States, Black Forest Cake is most often prepared without alcohol.