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Skill Level: Advanced Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • PUMPKIN FILLLING(recipe follows)
  • SIMPLE COCOA GLAZE(recipe follows)
  • Sliced almonds (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Line 15-1/2x10-1/2x1-inch jelly roll pan with foil; generously grease foil.
  2. Beat egg yolks in large bowl on medium speed 3 minutes; gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating 2 additional minutes. Stir together flour, cocoa, 1/4 cup sugar, baking soda and salt; add to egg yolk mixture alternately with water, beating on low speed just until batter is smooth. Stir in vanilla; set aside.
  3. Beat egg whites in medium bowl until soft peaks form; gradually add remaining 1 tablespoon sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold beaten egg whites into chocolate mixture until well blended. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan.
  4. Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly. Immediately loosen cake from edges of pan; invert onto clean, slightly dampened towel. Carefully peel off foil. Cool completely.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare PUMPKIN FILLING. Cut cake crosswise into four equal pieces. Place one piece on serving plate; spread about 3/4 cup filling over top. Repeat layering with remaining cake and filling, ending with cake layer. Prepare and spread SIMPLE COCOA GLAZE over top; garnish with almonds, if desired. Refrigerate until serving time. Refrigerate leftover torte. 18 servings.
  6. PUMPKIN FILLING
  7. 1 cup canned pumpkin
  8. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  9. 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  10. 3 tablespoons shortening
  11. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  12. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  13. 1-3/4 cups powdered sugar
  14. Combine pumpkin and flour in small saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, just until mixture comes to a boil (mixture will be very thick). Remove from heat. Beat with whisk until creamy and smooth; set aside. Cool completely.
  15. Beat butter and shortening in small bowl until creamy; add spices. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Slowly blend in pumpkin mixture. Refrigerate until ready to use. About 2-1/4 cups filling.
  16. SIMPLE COCOA GLAZE
  17. 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  18. 1 tablespoon HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  19. 1 tablespoon water
  20. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  21. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  22. Melt butter in small saucepan over low heat; add cocoa and water. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens; do not boil. Remove from heat. Gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla, beating with whisk until smooth and thickened.