Peanut Butter Oreo Torte

This torte is both elegant and fun. A rich chocolate torte is covered in peanut buttercream and topped with Oreo cookies and crumbs.

Serves: 12Hands-on: 35 minutesTotal: 9 hours 20 minutesDifficulty: Medium


Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup butter, cut into ¼" cubes, divided
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 6 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1 cup superfine sugar, divided
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • ¼ tsp. cream of tartar
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • 6 Oreo cookies, cut in half
  • ¾ cup Oreo cookie crumbs

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a 9" springform pan with parchment paper.
  • Melt the chocolate and ½ cup butter in the top of a double boiler over hot, not simmering, water, stirring continuously. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Blend in the vanilla extract. Set aside. Whisk together the egg yolks and ⅓ cup superfine sugar until thick. Add the chocolate mixture and flour. Set aside.
  • Whip together the egg whites and cream of tartar, using an electric mixer on a high speed, until soft peaks form. Sprinkle in the remaining superfine sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Gently fold a third of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Repeat until all the egg whites are incorporated.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs when inserted in the center of the cake. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. The center will fall slightly as it cools. When cool, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Cream together the remaining ½ cup butter, peanut butter, and confectioners’ sugar using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy. Add the cream, continuing to beat for 15 minutes.
  • Frost and decorate the torte with peanut butter frosting. Arrange the cookie halves, cut side down, in a circle in the center of the torte. Gently press cookie crumbs into the side of the torte, and sprinkle any remaining crumbs on the top.