This impressive-looking dessert is at the top of my list of speedy standbys. It's simple to make because it starts with a boxed brownie mix. Then the nutty brownie layers are dressed up with a fluffy frosting that has a rich creamy texture and irresistible maple taste.
What You Need:
(Makes: 12 servings)
1 package of brownie mix (13x9 inch pan size)
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
2 cups of heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons of instant coffee granules
1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
1 & 1/2 teaspoons of maple syrup or maple flavoring
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Chocolate curls or additional walnuts, optional
What to Do:
STEP 1) Prepare the batter for brownie mix according to package directions for cake-like brownies. Stir in walnuts. Pour into two greased 9 inch round baking pans.
STEP 2) Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted 2 inch from the edge comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
STEP 3) In a large bowl, beat cream and coffee granules until stiff peaks form. Gradually beat in the brown sugar, maple flavoring and vanilla.
STEP 4) Spread 1 & 1/2 cups over one brownie layer; top with second layer. Spread remaining cream mixture over top and sides of torte. Garnish with chocolate curls or walnuts if desired. Store the leftover cake in the refrigerator.
STEP 5) Enjoy!