Friday, August 28, 2009

Decadent Dobos Torte

The August 2009 Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Angela of A Spoonful of Sugar and Lorraine of Not Quite Nigella. They chose the spectacular DobosTorte based on a recipe from Rick Rodgers' cookbook Kaffeehaus: ExquisiteDesserts from the Classic Caffés of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.

The Dobos Torta is a five-layer sponge cake, filled with a rich chocolate buttercream and topped with thin wedges of caramel. (You may come across recipes which have anywhere between six and 12 layers of cake; there are numerous family variations!)

It was invented in 1885 by József C. Dobos, a Hungarian baker, and it rapidly became famous throughout Europe for both its extraordinary taste and its keeping properties. The recipe was a secret until Dobos retired in 1906 and gave the recipe to the Budapest Confectioners' and Gingerbread Makers' Chamber of Industry, providing that every member of the chamber can use it freely.

This can be a time consuming cake, so be sure to allow enough time. Pretty much a whole day for those not super fast in the baking department. Just think there are bakers in Hungary, making about 100 of thesea day. A job I would not love, for sure!

I myself have made this before back in the 80's, I wasn't so thrilled with it, or I would have made it again sooner. But, I'm always up for a challenge. And if you are up for the challenge, check out Angela's site for the recipe HERE.

Best of Luck.....It really is delish if you have the time!

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