Jul 8, 2012

Chocotorta #SundaySupper

I've been wanting to post about this recipe forever, which is not much I know, since I started blogging five months ago. It just got, regularly, thrown down to the bottom of the list.

But everything has it's day, and today, our wonderful Sunday Supper group's theme is Kids in the Kitchen.
I don't have kids, but if there ever was a favorite kid´s icebox cake in this country that is Chocotorta (choco for chocolate and torta means cake). The most requested one by far. Everybody's happy when the b-day cake is this one. And I include adults. It's gotten to the point where it started being the 'it' dessert at restaurants. For children and their parents. 

Of course it's easy as cookies and cream, though in this case we use sour cream and dulce de leche. What else, right? That sweet, milk jam appears everywhere around here, and it won't go away. It´s our national treasure. The original has store bought chocolate cookies. 

My 'cake' consists, on one part, of homemade chocolate wafers. As far as I know and tried, there are none better than the ones I made here. They come from Alice Medrich, the chocolate queen, and were posted by this wildly popular blogger. They have the right amount of sweetness and dark chocolate. 

They combine perfectly with the coffee used for dipping and with the creamy mixture of sour cream and milky jam. The tanginess of the cheese is what sets this combination of ingredients apart from others. It´s essential to the final result. Whipped cream could be used, but it won't be the same. There are some things that should be left as they are, because they are fantastic already. This icebox cake is one of them. It's so much more than the sum of it´s parts. 

I barely made it to this post, after spending two full days in the kitchen, baking for two clients whose orders were finally delivered saturday afternoon. I slept 4 hours, so forgive my messy pictures because the fact is, it needed many more hours of refrigeration before attempting to dive in. Hey, I could've said my nephews made it... but they didn´t. What you see is the work of a sleep-deprived fully-grown adult.

For kids the wafers can be dipped in coffee or simply water if they're toddlers. I, no surprise here, add some kahlua to the mix.
The assembled cake should be refrigerated for a day or so, so that the cookies become moist and soft and the flavors blend. The knife should cut through it with no crunchy surprises.


The amount of wafers and sour cream mixture is a matter of taste. You can adjust how much of each you use according to how sweet or chocolaty you like it. Of course, store-bought chocolate wafers or plain chocolate cookies can be used.

Makes 4 to 6 servings


Chocolate Wafers (via Smitten Kitchen)
1 1/2  cups sour cream
2 cups dulce de leche
¾ cup hot coffee
¼ cup Kahlua or other coffee liqueur (optional)


Mix sour cream and dulce de leche in a medium bowl until smooth.
In a small shallow bowl, mix coffee and liqueur if using. Dip one side of the wafers in the coffee mixture, and arrange in single layer, in the bottom of pan. I use a rectangular one that holds three layers of 8 wafers each.
Put about 1 ¼ cups sour cream mixture, spreading evenly. Repeat with remaining wafers and filling.
Refrigerate a day.

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The #SundaySupper Group was as excited as I was to have the Kids in the Kitchen this week.  They quickly met with their loved ones and inspired each other to come up with these fabulous recipes that we will share with you this week starting at 3 pm EST.

Start your day:
·         Panko Encrusted French Toast Sticks ~Doggie At the Dinner Table 
·         Pineapple Not-Upside Down Muffins ~In the Kitchen with Audrey
·         Bacon, Egg & Sausage Breakfast Cups ~Daily Dish Recipes 
·         Buttermilk French Toast with Homemade Cinnamon – Raisin Bread ~What Smells So Good

Healthy Snackers:
·         Snack Attack: 3 Healthy Choices for Little Nibblers ~Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

Main Squeeze:
·         Whole-wheat Pretzel Dogs ~Family Spice
·         Poblano Mac ‘N Cheese ~Juanita’s Cocina
·         Coconut Chicken and Shrimp ~Super for a Steal 
·         Lunie and Mini-me’s Grilled Pizza ~Cravings of a Lunatic
·         Hedgehog Meatballs and Chili Dog Pie ~Cooking by the Seat of our Pants
·         Walking Tostada ~Shockingly Delicious
·         Mini Sausage Rolls ~Small Wallet Big Appetite
·         Mini Corn Dog Muffins ~In The Kitchen With KP
·         Mexican Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers with Homemade Guacamole ~Cupcakes and Kale Chips
·        Golden Potato Patties ~My Trials in the Kitchen 
·         Grilled Chicken Wings in Sesame Flavors ~The Queen’s Notebook
·         Spaghetti Tacos ~Girlichef
·         Parmesan Corn on the Cob ~Home Cooking Memories 
·         Yum Yum Salmon  ~Family Foodie
·         Pad Thai ~Meal Planning Magic 

Sweet Treats:
·         Chocolate Slab ~Happy Baking Days 
·         Chocolate Chip Cut-Out Cookies ~Chocolate Moosey
·         Self-Crust Coconut Pie ~Magnolia Days
·         Wolf’s Wonderful Peanut Butter-Brownie Fudge Sundaes ~The Weekend Gourmet
·         Cookies and Cream Ice Cream ~The Messy Baker Blog
·         Healthy Creamy Caramel Apple Parfaits with Greek Yogurt ~Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
·         Chocolate and Salted Caramel Pudding Pops ~Hezzi-D’s Cooks and Books
·         Chocolate Cheese Turnover ~Basic and Delicious 
·         Oatmeal and M&M Cookies ~That Skinny Chick Can Bake
·         Purple Blueberry Cake ~Tora’s Real Food
·         Tropical Popsicles ~Pippi’s in the Kitchen Again
·         Carrot Cupcakes ~Diabetic Foodie
Brenda is hosting this special event  and we would love for you to join us.  We will be sharing great family recipes all afternoon and want you to share yours with us! 
Our #SundaySupper live chat will start at 3 pm EST.  Follow us on twitter by using hashtag #Sundaysupper or using Tweetchat.
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  1. Oh my goodness. This is a divine looking sweet treat. What kid wouldn't love making and eating this (including me)!


  2. Oh my God that looks so yummy! That cake + coffee = heaven!

  3. That looks insanely good. (Visiting you from #SS)

  4. Oh girl, I don't think you have to have kids to see how delicious this is. Totally pinning this to make with my kids when they get home. Yum!!

  5. This cake looks SO delicious! So creamy and decadent, I want to dive on in!

  6. What a rich and creamy dessert! Fabulous

  7. What a fun dessert! My kids will have a ball with this one. Love that you are part of our #Sundaysupper Movement. Thank you for all your support!

  8. This looks gooey and delicious! YUM!

  9. This looks absolutely amazing! I can totally eat this for breakfast, right? :)

  10. This would definitely go over well with my kids. And with the adults as well...did somebody say Kahlua!?

  11. Oh my gosh, you had me at "choco", but then you threw in the dulce the leche, and I was hooked. This is DIVINE ! Thanks for sharing your #SS recipe and visiting my blog!

  12. Oh, my gosh...this must taste amazing! It looks like mocha heaven to me!!!!

  13. I'll bet kids (and big kids) love this.

  14. That's delicious looking! Thanks for sharing!

  15. I would take out the coffe but would deffinitely try the rest, looks aamzing!!!

  16. I can see why this is popular in Buenos Aries...and I think it would be popular in San Antonio, Texas too. Like...in my kitchen?!?!? Love cajeta...and cookies...and imagine it's perfectly rich and sweet!!

  17. Okay, I seriously need a piece of this torta. It looks amazing. Yum! Happy #SundaySupper!

  18. This is fantastic. It just looks so steal worthy. I want to reach in the screen and make it disappear.

  19. I love Kahlua, this would be dangerous in my house.

  20. No wonder it's such a hit, it looks absolutely scrumptious!

  21. Whoa! That sounds sinfully rich and delicious!

  22. i haven't made a dessert yet that used chocolate wafers but good lord! i really should! this looks sinful!!!

  23. Gosh...this looks mouthwatering! Kahlua and dulce de leche..this is a killer combo!

  24. OMG, this looks so decadent and worth every single calorie, plus, it's so easy to put together - which is a plus. I bet this would be great with some kind of peanut butter cream! That said..since stretching out the story because some emailed and requested that, I now have to tie up other loose ends to finish it. Yikes, it could go on forever LOL BUT, it won't..I'm going to shove as much as I can into my next part :)

  25. This does not look like the product of a sleep-dprived woman at all, Paula. It just looks deliciously fabulous.


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