Almond Brownie-Cherry Mousse Torte

Catherine White, West Palm Beach, FL, Bake-Off® Contest 44, 2010 Finalist

Almond Brownie-Cherry Mousse Torte from Pillsbury™ Baking

Tags: Cakes, Dessert/Sweets

  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Ready Time: 100 min
  • Yield: 10 servings


  • 1 (18.4 oz.) box Pillsbury™ Family Size Milk Chocolate Brownie Mix
  • 2/3 cup Crisco® Pure Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 EGGLAND’S BEST eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 jar (10 oz.) maraschino cherries, drained, 2 teaspoons cherry juice reserved
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 container (8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/4 cup Fisher® Chef’s Naturals® Natural Sliced Almonds, toasted*

Preparation Directions

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Generously spray 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. Line bottoms of pans with cooking parchment paper; spray paper with cooking spray.
  • In large bowl, stir brownie mix, oil, water, eggs and almond extract 50 strokes with spoon. Divide batter evenly between pans.
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from edge of pan comes out almost clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Carefully invert brownie layers from pans onto cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, finely chop cherries. In large bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, cherries and 2 teaspoons cherry juice with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Fold in whipped topping. Refrigerate while brownies cool.
  • To assemble torte, place 1 brownie layer, bottom side up, on serving plate. Spread half of cherry mixture over top of brownie. Top with remaining brownie, top side up; spread or pipe remaining cherry mixture on top. Sprinkle almonds around edge of torte. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve. Store covered in refrigerator.
  • TIP *To toast almonds, spread in ungreased shallow pan; bake uncovered at 350°F 6 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until light brown. Remove from pan to plate to cool.

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Nutritional Information Per Serving

Serving Size (1 slice, 1/10 of torte), Calories 590 (Calories from Fat 280), Total Fat 32g (Saturated Fat 11g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 60mg, Sodium 210mg, Total Carbohydrate 75g (Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 57g), Protein 5g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 8%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 4%, Iron 10%.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

* Ensure all recipe ingredients are gluten free by referencing the ingredient labels, as products may vary. If uncertain, contact the ingredient manufacturer.