Aug 27
2009

A Daring Dobos Torta

in Daring Bakers

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.

The Dobos Torta is a famous Hungarian sponge cake named after it’s creator, a Hungarian baker named József C. Dobos, who invented it in 1885. The torta is made up of multiple layers of sponge cake, filled with a rich chocolate buttercream, and then topped with thin wedges of caramel.

Instead of making one big cake, I made two smaller cakes. I baked sheets of sponge cake (rather than circular pieces) and then cut them into rounds with a large circular cutter.
Then I whipped up the chocolate buttercream,
covered the two top rounds of sponge cake with the caramel,
and assembled the two tortas.
This was a very fun cake to try out. The sponge cake was delicious and moist, and the chocolate buttercream was divine. I wasn’t as fond of the caramel–it was a bit too lemony, but overall the cake was delicious! My favorite part was the buttercream. I’m going to be specifically filing that part of the torta recipe away for future use. It’s good enough to whip up and serve as a chocolate mousse as it firms up a bit in the refrigerator–smooth, creamy, and chocolatey.


Go to here if you’d like the recipe!

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Tamakikat August 27, 2009 at 2:29 am

Yummo!

I'm going to have to have a chocolate and coffee to get over those pictures.

TK

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london August 27, 2009 at 4:15 am

i enjoy your series how you start and last one is mind blowing…..

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Cristine August 27, 2009 at 5:43 am

Gorgeous pictures! Your tortes look great!

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Barbara Bakes August 27, 2009 at 6:11 am

Nicely done! I wish I'd done something tiny and creative too!

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eatlivetravelwrite August 27, 2009 at 6:11 am

Wonderful – one of these days I need to be daring enough to enter the DBC!!!

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maybelle's mom August 27, 2009 at 6:58 am

i agree, totally fun to try out. yours are adorable.

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Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction August 27, 2009 at 7:55 am

Looks beautiful! I went with the mini-tortas, too, but yours seem to have turned out much better than mine.

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Mary August 27, 2009 at 8:21 am

What a creative presentation. Your tortes look delicious.

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Bob August 27, 2009 at 8:53 am

All right, this is killing me. This is the third one of these I've seen in the past 15 minutes. Need… torte…

It looks fantastic! :)

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Tartelette August 27, 2009 at 9:08 am

They turned out so cute and perfect! Bravo!

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Kamran Siddiqi August 27, 2009 at 9:10 am

This looks great! I like that you used the round cutter to make the cakes round! Great job! :D

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Jen August 27, 2009 at 9:18 am

that looks fantastic!! great shots!!

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Peggy Bourjaily August 27, 2009 at 11:56 am

Photos are gorgeous! The cake looks amazing. Hoping to get in on the next challenge!

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Jenn August 27, 2009 at 12:08 pm

I love that they're individual potions. Though, that wouldn't stop me from having two. hehe…

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Engineer Baker August 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Those little cakes are absolutely adorable – so cute! I love how you swirled the buttercream; mine was a little too stiff for that, and didn't turn out as nicely.

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Simply Life August 27, 2009 at 5:47 pm

WOW, those look soooo good! I would definitely want that as my dessert!

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Simply Life August 27, 2009 at 5:47 pm

WOW, those look soooo good! I would definitely want that as my dessert!

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Holly August 27, 2009 at 6:03 pm

I LOVE that you did mini cakes, they look beautiful!

I never would have thought about using the buttercream as a mousse. Great idea! I think I'll save the buttercream recipe just for that purpose.

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Aran August 27, 2009 at 6:37 pm

cute little ones! well done!

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Sara August 27, 2009 at 7:31 pm

This looks absolutely amazing!!
Sara
http://ourprivatekitchen.blogspot.com/

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Jill August 27, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Beautiful! I love the mini tortas! :)

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Fahrenheit 350° August 28, 2009 at 1:39 am

This just makes me feel worse about my own attempt! This is fabulous… I've got to stop waiting until the last minute!

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Julie August 28, 2009 at 9:25 am

Ouch. I'm hurt. How could you make Hungarian food without me? :-(

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Gaby August 28, 2009 at 10:32 am

soooo cute!!! love them!

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Shanda August 28, 2009 at 11:05 am

Wow! That looks delicious & beautiful!

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Julia @ Mélanger August 28, 2009 at 5:04 pm

I love your cute little round tortes. Great idea!

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Linda August 28, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Your cake looks sooo cute! each layers of your sponge looks soo soft. Beautiful creation =D

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Helene August 28, 2009 at 11:33 pm

This is intense work but they are amazing. They look so good.

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angelia mcgowan August 29, 2009 at 6:37 am

Great pictures! I love the layers, looks so yummy!

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Valerie August 31, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Mega cute!

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Bert | UPrinting.com September 2, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Thank you for one method of sharing some of tutorial, a learning exercise for everybody that feeds their mind all over. What a nice tutorials more post.

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Chris May 31, 2012 at 10:10 am

The link isn’t working! Do you have a different link to the recipe that you can share?

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 31, 2012 at 10:18 am

@Chris — Thanks for letting me know! Always sad to see a blog go by the wayside. :( I’ve updated the link to a blog that is still sharing the recipe. Here you go! http://www.notquitenigella.com/2009/08/27/dobos-torta-daring-bakers-august-2009-challenge/

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