No Bake {Gluten Free} Mexican Dessert Torte

Gluten Free Mexican Dessert Torte is a simple & delicious spin on a layered cake.

Gluten Free Mexican Dessert

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 #Choctoberfest 2016

#choctoberfest 2016When I was asked to join in #Choctoberfest 2016 I knew it would be a great opportunity to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Latin-inspired chocolate recipes! Today we have a Gluten Free Mexican Dessert Torte and later this week a Peruvian Pisco Chocolate Mousse! Be sure to check out all the great sponsors, including Imperial Sugar, and other great blogs with Chocolate Inspired recipes. Plus, there is a great giveaway! Enter HERE!

Gluten Free Mexican Dessert

A Mexican Love Affair

I love Mexico…not the Cancun Mexico, but the mountains. The small villages. The people. In high school and college, I spent a lot of time in Zacoapoxtla and Puebla. It was my home away from home. Given the opportunity (and if I could get my husband on board), I would move in a heart beat.

My love for Mexico didn’t start in high school, my parents were very purposeful in introducing us to other cultures when we were growing up. Whether it was having something different for dinner or having missionaries from around the world stay at our house, I was exposed to culture constantly.

When I a was little one of the desserts my mom would serve whenever we had company over was this Mexican Torte. It was so simple, but everyone loved it. The original recipe came from The Sunset Mexican Cookbook (Copyright 1976!) and she tweaked it a bit over the years. Now I’ve tweaked it more to make it gluten free!

Gluten Free Mexican Dessert

Gluten Free Mexican Dessert Torte

This dessert is so easy. The trick to making it gluten free is to have gluten free tortillas. I make my own using GF Jules Recipe and flour. It is really easy, but there are also several brands of gluten free tortillas on the market.

Recipe tips:

Dairy Free Option- By using Enjoy Life Chocolate and a Dairy Free Sour Cream (Check out all these alternatives on Go Dairy Free), this can easily be made to suit guests with an aversion to dairy.

Chocolate Shavings- Use a chilled, not frozen chocolate bar. It is to cold it breaks,  and if it is to warm it smushes.

Chill Time- Make sure you make it a couple hours prior to serving, it does need a couple hours to chill.

That’s all folks! Check out the other #choctoberfest recipes and Happy Gluten Free Eating!


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No Bake {Gluten Free} Mexican Dessert Torte


  • 4 Gluten Free Flour Tortillas
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/4-1/2 cup powdered sugar divided
  • 2 cups sour cream


  • Melt chocolate either in the microwave (be careful not to burn!) or over a double boiler. Let cool slightly.
  • Stir in 1 cup sour cream and 1 tablespoon powdered sugar.
  • Combine remaining sour cream with the rest of the 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Add more to taste.
  • Layer gluten free tortilla, 1/3 chocolate mixture, tortilla, 1/3 chocolate mixture, tortilla, 1/3 chocolate mixture.
  • Top with remaining tortilla and spread sour cream mixture on top.
  • Garnish with shaved chocolate.
  • Chill for at least 2 hours.
  • Enjoy!

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    Brianna Hobbs
    December 21, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    This looks so easy to make! I love all the chocolate curls on top. Such a simple, yet elegant, dessert.

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    Emily Recipes to Nourish
    December 20, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    This is such a fun treat! I love how simple it is to make too! SO yummy with all that chocolate and sour cream.

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    December 20, 2016 at 11:05 am

    I love sour cream in desserts. 🙂 This sounds amazing! And easy to make, which is a double win… 😉

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    October 14, 2016 at 1:46 am

    This is a very cool recipe!!! I love cancun too…the people and the sites and the food.. Amazing!

    Meghan |

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    Heather @Boston Girl Bakes
    October 13, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    I’ve been Mexico a few times but never got to try this! Anything chocolate I’m in 🙂

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    October 13, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Did you just make a cake from tortillas? That is genius! Will have to give this a try!

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      October 14, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Yes I did! It is so easy!

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    October 13, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    No bake desserts are the best, and yours looks like the best of the best! Plus it’s chocolate, so….no way it wouldn’t be delicious! ?

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    October 13, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Oh this looks so good! Love that its gluten free!

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      Carrie Wilson
      May 10, 2020 at 2:08 am

      Do you fry the tortillas first?

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        May 18, 2020 at 1:45 pm

        Hi, no I don’t.

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    October 13, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Such a great idea and so easy for a Gluten Free dessert!

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    October 13, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    My future MIL is gluten and lactose intolerant, so this recipe looks perfect for her! Thanks for the dairy free substitutions! This sounds fantastic!

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    J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all
    October 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Oh yum! I love tortes and I LOVE chocolate mousse! You have me hooked with this one!

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    Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
    October 13, 2016 at 11:26 am

    This is a fun idea, how inventive to use tortillas!

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    Katharine Godbey
    October 13, 2016 at 11:15 am

    That looks delicious. I’d never thought of using tortillas in a dessert. How clever!

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    October 13, 2016 at 11:11 am

    My mom just went gluten free! Gonna send this too her! Looks yummy!!!

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    Daniela Anderson
    October 13, 2016 at 5:46 am

    What a fabulous recipe! I would love a big fat slice, oh yes! And if we talk about no bake desserts, that can only make things even better, less work, but great taste.

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    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    October 13, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Oh, that looks so good! I never would have thought to put chocolate and sour cream together! Yum!

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    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    October 13, 2016 at 3:01 am

    I’ve never thought of using tortillas in a dessert what a great idea

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    Just Jo
    October 13, 2016 at 2:52 am

    What a great, quick to assemble dessert. I’ve only seen the Cancún side of Mexico but this pud would bring me a lot closer to the cultre!

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    Platter Talk
    October 12, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Wonderful idea for a rather labor free, wonderful looking and sounding GF dessert. Thanks.

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    The Golden Girl Diary
    October 12, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    This looks so good! I could totally go for one right now!

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    October 12, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Yum! This looks fabulous! I love that it’s no bake. Makes it easy to get your chocolate on fast!

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