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.
This was a very auspicous time for the recipe. I had finally moved both Kaffehaus and Deserts By the Yard from my Wish List to my bookshelf. I had just read about the Dobros Torte in both of these books. I mean,think about it, vanilla sponge, chocolate buttercream, and caramel- is that not the Holy Trinity of Cake?
Here is my production line for the cakes coming together.
I really, really liked the chocolate buttercream. To me it was more like chocolate mousse. The caramel for the topping browned much too quickly. I wondered if that had anything to do with the amount of lemon juice in the caramel (for the record I wouldn’t use anywhere near as much lemon juice in my caramel again). Because I didn’t cook my caramel enough it was a little soft. Nice to eat but I was hoping more for some crunch factor. Next time.
This was great fun. I will absolutely make it again. Thanks for a great pick!