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Tortilla Torte

[Photographs and original illustrations: Cakespy]

Composed of tortillas stacked over chocolate cream filling and topped with a billow of fluffy white frosting, this torte visually resembles fancy stacked sponge cakes, but ultimately makes for a very different dessert experience. The tortillas take a bit of getting used to—they will remain lightly chewy even when the chocolate has had a chance to set— but the taste sensation is unlike any other dessert I've ever tried. The floury taste of the tortillas mixes quite pleasantly with the rich chocolate-sour cream filling (which is also great by the spoonful) and the complementary tangy sweetness of the sour cream frosting.

Recipe Notes: I used homemade tortillas, which were a little more "irregular" than a typical store-bought variety--hence the air bubble and lightly "toasty" look that you see on some of the tortillas in the photo.

When slicing this torte, be sure to use a very sharp knife, because the thick torte will be quite solid in texture.

About the author: Jessie Oleson is a Philadelphia-based writer, illustrator, gallery owner, and cake anthropologist who runs Cakespy, an award-winning dessert website. Her first book came out in October 2011; she is currently at work on her second book.

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