Daring Dobos

I’m finally here with the Daring Baker Challenge for August, the Dobos Torta. It has an interesting history as a cake invented for keeping longer than other pastries of its era.  The recipe was k ept secret until it’s inventor, Jozsef C. Dobos, retired and gave the recipe to the Budapest Confectioners’ and Gingerbread Makers’ Chamber of Industry, provided every member of the chamber could use it freely. I’ll bet he would have a food blog if he hadn’t retired in 1906.

I had intended to make this as a birthday cake for my MIL who just arrived this weekend, but it didn’t quite work out that way. Still, we enjoyed the cake together.

The sponge cake and the buttercream are just sort of ‘meh’ in my opinion.  We’ve had buttercream similar to this before, and while I understand their utility and place in the realm of desserts, it’s just not my personal favorite. The cake layers were very easy to make and baked quickly as they were so thin.

I think the thin layers look just fabulous with the thin layers of buttercream. I really like the way the buttercream holds its shape and firms up in the fridge, making for easy cutting. The real highlight of this challenge for me was the caramel. I think I didn’t get it as hot as I was supposed to, because mine came out softer than I had expected it to. Still, this was greater success than I have managed before with sugar play and I was able to make a few interesting shapes with it and twist some to drape around the cake. It drooped easily if it warmed at all, but it was cute while it lasted. I wish I would have had some hazelnuts to prop up the caramel cake wedges on the top, because I love that look.

Thanks to Lorraine and Angela for a fun challenge!

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 Dobos Torte based on a recipe from Rick Rodgers’ cookbook Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Caffés of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.

6 Responses

  1. Love that sugar play especially the sugar twirls on the side of the torta. Great that you loved the dessert. Wonderful effort and result. Cheers from Audax in Australia. Love your photos.

  2. Beautiful. Looks delicious!!

  3. gorgeous torta!! love the sugar effects! great job! =)

  4. Beautiful cake! I love how you played with the caramel. I especially like how you got it to drape on the sides. Great job!

  5. The top part was delicious. I really liked it.

  6. This is great — just found out that this torte was the Daring Bakers challenge. As I told An Amateur Baker in Sidney, whose blog I just found and who also took part in the challenge, this was my husband’s favorite cake from childhood, and I had Pekara Bakery make one for his birthday last month.

    Your version looks gorgeous, and I love the fun with caramel aspect. 🙂

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