Dobos Torte


I joined this fantastic, dedicated, inspiring and fun group of bakers last March: The Daring Bakers. I wanted in on the amazing and hugely popular–yet highly secretive–monthly challenge. You can’t “reveal” the recipe and results until the designated date.Let me tell you, most of the recipes the “hosts” (it’s different every month) pick ones that I would not willingly subject myself to by my own choice. That’s the beauty of it. Even if you can clearly see the recipe is The Tome of recipes, you still go ahead because you know that several hundreds of the other members are doing it with you…through days, nights, arm/back/leg pain in the kitchen, several trips to different markets to procure all the ingredients, thinking of variations to make,…until you all come up with the results, take a bite and pat yourself on the back.

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.

Every month, I tell myself that I’m going to finish the challenge way ahead of the 27th deadline and reveal. Then I think about having to keep it to myself for days or weeks! That’s hard. I finished this last Tuesday and took photos, then more photos of the sliced cake the next day. Then forgot to post. Haha. This is classic.

The finished cake was a beauty to behold!

Dobos Torte -- August 2009 Daring Bakers Challenge

I’ve never made buttercream in my life, and having a taste of this cake’s fresh chocolate buttercream was dreamy. I was Mmm-Mmm–Mmm-ing at 3am while gliding in the kitchen.

Download the PDF recipe for Dobos TorteAnd that’s all I’m going to say for now. Wait until I post more photos later. Sorry, foodies, cooks, bakers, and food voyeurs, it’s a busy day ahead. Please come back later. :) I will also let you know what I did to have an almost stress-free slicing of those pesky, sticky caramel slices!

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    • joy says

      I bake or cook when I couldn’t sleep. I might as well be productive than stir endless in my bed. Haha. And I’m used to chocolate before sleep. LOL. Very bad. Thanks a lot hun!

    • joy says

      Thank you! I love the fan effect, too. The caramel wedges were too challenging to eat for me, though, but our guests loved them!

    • joy says

      Thanks so much Angela! And thank YOU for co-hosting this challenge. I always look forward to our DB challenges, precisely because of the lovely outcomes! :)

    • joy says

      Thanks Danielle! I posted more pics last night, finally. It definitely is the joy of each challenge…just knowing that it will somehow work out in the end, however difficult the process, is enough consolation. It’s a bonus if the final product is worth the hard work! :)

    • joy says

      Thanks!!! It was a huge hit among our house guests. Good thing we had people over, or I would have eaten the cake by myself.


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