Some of my favorite Holiday Recipes come from my childhood. Those special meals, and those very very very special desserts that only showed up on the table once a year. Dobos Torte is one of those. My Mom has the BEST Dobos Cake Recipe! She would layer plain cake with thick Chocolate frosting in a loaf form. Then it would go into the refrigerator until it was solid. We’d all get thin slices of this wonderful rich dessert (and maybe I’d go back and shave off another piece or two when no one was looking).
After my Opa died, it was harder to get the “special ingredients” from Germany that we needed for the cake, and so it has been years since my mom made this delicious treat.
Flash forward a few years (not going to say how many…. ) and I want to recreate the Dobos Torte for my Holiday Table. The world has shrunk considerably, how hard can it be to get the recipe and ingredients? Well…. Turns out…. Mom had been taking a few shortcuts along the way….A traditional Dobos Torte is thin layers of Cake with a Chocolate Buttercream between the layers, and a layer of caramel on top. And it’s a lot of work… so… she just stopped making it.
Feeling slightly deflated …. I sort of let it go…. Until this month’s Food & Wine Magazine arrived (some people like looking at Porn… I like looking at pictures of fancy food). And there it was, a recipe for a REAL Dobos Torte. I had to try. After all, how hard could it be?
Ok, the thing is… those pictures in magazines look SPECTACULAR, the stuff from my kitchen, not so much. But, I gave it a go, and you know what? It may not look like the picture in F & W, but it certainly tastes delicious, and it does bring back one of my favorite flavors from childhood. I made a few adjustments (Jonathan Sawyer covers his Dobos Torte with Meringue, then used a Brulee Torch to brown it up. Show of hands… how many of you have a kitchen torch? (Ok, we’ll just let that part go.) Mostly, I just made it easier for a home baker to make… based on what I generally have in my kitchen and refrigerator. (Jonathan may not approve…. But the odds of him coming to dinner are slim anyway…and by the way… if you do decide to drop in Jonathan, give me a heads up so I can throw all the kid’s shoes in a closet).
There are step-by-step photos too…. just look below the recipe. You can do this!
Best Dobos Torte Recipe
Rectangular Cake Platters for Dobos Tortes
Step by Step Photos Make the Best Dobos Torte Recipe
Prepare the Pans
Add Powdered Sugar To The Egg Whites
Beat until stiff and glossy
Add Sugar To Egg Yolks
Egg Yolks will lighten when beaten
Add 1/4 of Egg Whites
Fold in the rest of the Egg White
Spread into Prepared Pans
Ready for the oven
Looks like this when Baked
Beat the Egg Yolks with Sugar
Heat the Half and Half with Cocoa Until Hot
Slowly pour it into the egg yolks… whisking steadily
Put the egg/half and half mix back on stove and stir until 160 degrees
Pour through Strainer into Bowl of Chocolate Chunks
Let melt… then stir until smooth…. Let cool completely
Beat Butter until creamy, then add in cooled chocolate mixture
Should be smooth and thick and yummy
SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED
Trim Cake Edges
Cut into 4 inch wide Strips
Looks like this… you will have an extra one (that’s for you to taste)
Sprinkle with Powdered Sugar
Lay the First Piece on a Rectangle of Cardboard
or a serving Dish
Spread 1/2 cup of Buttercream over Cake
Cover the Whole Piece
Continue the Layering
Don’t worry about cracked pieces… it will be covered with Buttercream
Cover the Whole Torte with Buttercream
Slice and Eat
Tools You will Need to Bake the Best Dobos Torte
KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire RedKirkland Signature Non Stick Parchment Paper, 205 sqftNordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half SheetCuisinart Set of 3 Fine Mesh Stainless Steel StrainersWilton 409-7716 Angled Icing Spatula, 13-Inch, BlackPyrex 3-Piece Glass Measuring Cup Set