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.
I ended up making this randomly last night. I knew that I was going to make it but I kept putting it off each time. I had all the ingredients on hand, surprisingly. But I was missing the crucial nuts for the outside :)
I decided that when I was going to make the Dobos Torte that there was no way that I could make a full recipe because I can’t eat this by myself and even if I had help I would still be left with quite a bit of leftovers.
I also got a call from my doctor yesterday telling me that my cholesterol was a little high, however, I failed to ask how high so I will be calling back Thursday for that. It wasn’t a surprise since it runs in my family, but it was a bit of a shocker since I am in pretty good shape, eat decent, and I am 27. I guess that means I will go to the gym more often (more yoga and biking) and start to eat better. Which means no more baking full recipe. The plan was to make 1/3 of the sponge recipe, 1/2 of the chocolate buttercream recipe, and 1/3 of the caramel recipe. It ended up being just enough to make one 6″ torte.
While making the caramel I realized that I didn’t have any lemon juice so I ended up substituting key lime juice that I had in the fridge. I also used chocolate chips instead of whole hazelnuts to hold up the caramel triangles, which worked out perfectly. Ignore the chocolate buttercream piped in the center. I was starting to make a rosette and then got completely distracted, opps. It reminds me of the posts on Cake Wrecks where they have the poop cakes. Someone was piping brown icing on something, like a cupcake, and ended up using a plain round tip and is just looks like poo, unfortunately. See it in all its glory. My favorite is the last picture :)
I thought this was fantastic. I have only had a small slice, but I am totally going to be making myself a cup of coffee and eating a slice of this later. LOVE IT!!!!