|My rough first try at making a dobos torte cake didn't win any pageants, but it tasted great.|
Dobos torte (Hungarian: Dobostorta) is a delicious Hungarian cake that was invented by József C. Dobos in 1884. It is comprised of five to seven thin layers of sponge cake, a coating of chocolate buttercream frosting and a final caramel-coated cake layer that is divided and arranged atop the cake.
Be sure you start the task on a day when you have a large reservoir of good will in your heart and a lot of time to spare. Baking those seven layers will require both.For the daring bakers out there who aren't deterred by my warning above, take heart: even if your Hungarian layer cake looks more like a messy chocolate cake with ambiguous caramel shapes on top, it will probably still taste delicious! Mine certainly did.
Dobos Torte Cake Recipe (Hungarian Layer Cake)
For the cake recipe, I used a combination of two dobos torte cake recipes: One from All Recipes that provided everything but the frosting recipe, and one from Cafe Chocolada that filled that need. I selected the All Recipes recipe because it looked fairly authentic, was in US measurement units, and had lots of visible reviews that I could learn from in order to make my own cake attempt more likely to succeed.
The caramel layer came out a bit uneven and needing more caramel. To avoid this, you'll need to make the top cake layer as thin as possible, coat it with a little more caramel than All Recipes suggests, and work as quickly as possible so the caramel can even out before it cools and sets.
|This delicious Hungarian cake may be a little rough around the edges, but still tasted heavenly!|
|Dobos torte cake is a 5 to 7 layer Hungarian pastry topped with a caramel-coated cake layer cut into spears.|
|A closeup of the dobos torte cake's caramel-coated top layer.|
|A closeup of the thickness of a single dobos torte cake layer|
If you decide to try it, good luck with your own dobos torte cake! If you have any questions about my experience making one, please feel free to leave a question for me in the comments section.