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.
A Dobos Torta is a five layer sponge cake filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with caramel. The Dobos Torta can vary in the number of layers, too. If you check out the Daring Baker blogroll, I'm sure you'll see an amazing variety.
I ended up baking the cake in an 8x8 pan and then cutting that into 9 squares. I then cut each square in half and made three 6 layer tortes. I decided against making the caramel for the top layer of the cake. Instead, I used caramel sauce I had in the fridge. It made things much easier, plus I needed to use the caramel sauce before we move!
The cake was good, but it didn't stand out for me. I think the appeal of this cake comes from the layers and the fact that it looks pretty when sliced. (Nathan said it looks like a Kit-Kat cake!)There was nothing bad about the cake, but also nothing spectacular. Who knows, maybe spreading the top layer with caramel would've made a difference, but I don't think it could possibly make that big of a difference.
As always, check out the DB Blogroll! :)