In response to Dreschc's response, this is a torte, it is suppose to be flat. As for the cool whip with the chocolate, I had the same problem. If you warm up the cool whip a bit, cool down the melted chocolate and keep whipping it, it will evenutally become the chocolate frosting. Or use chocolate cool whip. As for the pieces on top, they soften as the cake sits out, so you are able to cut it. I think they are more for show, but I understand how you feel. I'm not downing Dreschc's response, I'm just trying to come up with some solutions. I'm a pastry chef.