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Pecan Torte with Smooth Chocolate Glaze

This Pecan Torte with Chocolate Glaze is a perfectly textured cake made with chopped pecans, eggs, sugar, flour, and vanilla. Serve it with some fresh cream for an over-the-top taste.

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Pecan Tortes was always one of my favorite desserts growing up. There was something extra special about eating this textured cake after dinner. Every time, it hit the spot just right. I’m so happy I can share this recipe with all of you.

When you take a bite of this gourmet-quality cake, you’d probably think it took hours to make. Maybe even several dozen ingredients. Wrong!  You’re only 11 ingredients and less than two hours away from enjoying this Pecan Torte if you start now!

Key Ingredients

Pecan torte ingredients eggs, vanilla, baking powder, pecans, butter, flour, sugar, heavy cream, dark chocolate, and butter.

Pecans are a great nutty addition to a chocolate dessert. I love to add them not only to this torte, but so many more recipes.

Flour, baking powder, and salt make up the dry ingredients for the cake base of this torte recipe.

Sugar sweetens things up while vanilla extract adds a touch of warmth.

Unsalted butter adds flavor while making sure this pecan torte has a gentle crumb.

Eggs give baked goods their structure and stability. 

For the Smooth Chocolate Glaze, you will need heavy cream, unsalted butter, and dark or milk chocolate

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How to make this tasty Pecan Torte

Step 1: Preheat the oven

Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray or butter the cake pan (I used a 9″ spring form pan). You can use parchment paper if you’d like.

Step 2: Dry Ingredients

Mix the dry ingredients: nuts, baking powder, salt and flour.

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Step 3: Butter and Sugar Mix

Using an electric mixer, beat the softened butter then add half of the sugar. Keep beating until creamy.

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Step 4: Adding the Eggs

Add in egg yolks one at a time and continue beating.

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Step 5: Mix the Egg Whites

With an electrical mixer, mix the egg whites with the rest of the sugar and vanilla extract, till white and fluffy.

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Step 6: Add the Egg Whites

Using a large spatula, fold in the fluffy egg whites into the butter and sugar.

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Step 7: Combine Wet Ingredients with the Dry Ingredients

With a spatula, add in the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients (nuts, flour and baking powder).

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Step 8: Bake

Put into the greased prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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For the chocolate glaze:

Step 1: Melt chocolate

Over a barely simmering pot of water, place a bowl on top and melt the chocolate.

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Step 2: Add butter

Add in unsalted butter and melt.

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Step 3: Add vanilla and cream

Turn heat off and whisk in 1 tsp vanilla extract and heavy cream until glossy.

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Step 4: Pour over the cake

Pour the chocolate glaze over the cooled cake and it is ready to enjoy!

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Expert Tips

  • Make sure the torte is completely cooled down before pouring the chocolate glaze on. 
  • Making this recipe will wow your guests during the holidays. It’s great for brunch during an extra sweet occasion!
  • This Pecan torte goes great with coffee. No joke!
  • Check the doneness with a toothpick, making sure it comes out clean. In that way, you’ll know that you have baked the pecan chocolate torte completely.
  • Add a subtle new flavor by toasting the pecans just until fragrant to enhance their nuttiness without any bitterness.
  • The chocolate glaze is best made on the stove in a double boiler.

Recipe FAQs

How do I make the chocolate glaze smooth?

Chocolate glaze turns out grainy when the chocolate is overheated. Melt it gently for a smooth texture.

How long should I let the torte cool before adding the glaze?

Allow the torte to cool completely, about 45 minutes to an hour before pouring the glaze for best results.

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Chocolate desserts are my favorite to make! Here are some more recipes you’ll enjoy:

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Pecan Torte with Smooth Chocolate Glaze

This Pecan Torte with Chocolate Glaze is a perfectly textured cake made with chopped pecans, eggs, sugar, flour, and vanilla. Serve it with some fresh cream for an over-the-top taste.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Allergy: Vegetarian
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings10 people
Calories: 617kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pecan, chopped
  • cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softned
  • cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Glaze

  • 5 oz dark choclate, or milk
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softned
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Spray or butter the cake pan (I used a 9" spring form pan).
  • Mix dry ingredients together except for sugar: nuts, baking powder, salt and flour.
    2 cups pecan,, ½ tsp baking powder, ¼ tsp salt, ⅓ cup flour
    dry-ingredients-in-a-white-bowl
  • Beat softened butter then add half of the sugar. Keep beating until creamy.
    1 cup unsalted butter,, 1¼ cups sugar
    sugar-and-butter-in-a-silver-bowl-with-hand-mixer
  • Add in egg yolks one at a time and continue beating.
    5 large eggs
    butter-sugar-and-egg-yolks-being-mixed-in-a-silver-bowl-with-hand-mixer
  • With an electrical mixer, in a separate bowl, mix the egg whites with the rest of the sugar and vanilla extract, till white and fluffy.
    beaten-fluffy-egg-whites-in-a-white-bowl-with-hand-mixer
  • Using a large spatula, fold in the fluffy egg whites into the butter batter.
    5 large eggs, 2 tsp vanilla extract
    pecan-torte-batter-being-mixed-with-egg-whites-in-a-silver-bowl-with-a-spatula
  • With a spatula, add in the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients (nuts, flour and baking powder). Put into the greased pan.
    pecan-torte-dough-raw-in-a-pan
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
    baked-pecan-torte-in-a-pan

For the chocolate glaze:

  • Over barely simmering pot of water, place a bowl on top and melt the chocolate.
    5 oz dark choclate,
    chocolate-in-a-silver-bowl
  • Add in unsalted butter and melt.
    ½ cup unsalted butter,
    chocolate-glaze-being-mixed-with-butter-in-a-silver-bowl
  • Turn heat off and whisk in 1 tsp vanilla extract and heavy cream until glossy.
    2 Tbsp heavy cream, 2 tsp vanilla extract
    chocolate-glaze-being-mixed-in-a-silver-bowl-with-a-whisk
  • Pour the chocolate glaze over the cooled cake and it is ready to enjoy!
    pecan-torte-on-a-wire-rack

Notes

  • Make sure the torte is completely cooled down before pouring the chocolate glaze on. 
  • Torte can also be chilled in the fridge. 
  • Make sure to beat the egg whites till fluffy and stiff. 

Nutrition

Calories: 617kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 223mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 1043IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1mg
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