Dobos Torte Recipe

Looking for one of the most exquisite treat that eggs and flour can make? Divine tasting buttery chocolate layers with caramelized sugar top.

Dobos torte is not a dessert for every weekend. It takes some time and a bit of practice in the kitchen to be praised for successfully accomplishing it. So if we feel brave enough then have a go with it.

There is an interesting story behind Dobos Cake.

It is named after a well-respected Hungarian pastry chef, Jozsef Dobos. His aim was to create a cake that had a longer shelf life than other pastries in the age of limited cooling techniques. He presented his spectacular cake in 1885 to King Franz Joseph and Queen Elisabeth. It was a huge success and its recipe a great secret. The cakes were made only in his kitchen in Hungary and distributed in ice filled carts all across Europe.

The chocolate buttercream unknown at the time and invented by him were the main ingredient of the cake with the caramel top designed to prevent the cake from drying out. At the end of his career he donated the secret recipe to the Pastry and Honey-Makers Guild thus making it available for us mortals too.

It is not the easiest cake to prepare but honestly, it is not as difficult as it seems like given that we are all familiar with most of the steps required.

This cake won’t fit into anyone diet plan for sure except if we are on a on sugar diet. However, the top could be tossed off and the sugar in the recipe could be substituted with honey, agave or any other sugar substitute and there we have it: Sugar free Dobos Torte.

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Ingredients

As the Dobos Cake is being a fairly picky dessert to make it is recommended to go by the metric measurement values

Pastry

  • 4 tablespoon / 50g Butter (unsalted)
  • ⅞ cup / 100g Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Baking powder (optional)
  • 6 Eggs (separated)
  • ⅓ cup / 60g Sugar or sweetener of choice

Filling

  • 8.8 oz / 250g Chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon Cocoa powder (optional)
  • 18 tablespoon / 250g Butter (unsalted)
  • 4 Eggs
  • ½ cup / 100g Sugar or sweetener of choice

Topping

  • ½ cup / 100g Sugar
  • 4 tablespoon Water
  • 12 Half walnuts (decoration)
  • 4 oz / 100g Shredded walnuts or any other nuts of choice to decorate the outside of the cake

Kitchen utensils

  • 8½” / 22cm Round cake tins

How to make Dobos torte

Pastry

  1. Separate eggs and put them into two medium size mixing bowls then Put half of the sugar with the egg whites and the other half with the yolks.
  2. Separate-egg-white-from-yolk-gp-SunCakeMomBeat the egg whites until stiff peaks are formed.Beat-egg-whites-gp-SunCakeMom
  3. Separately mix yolks with sugar and beat it until we get a light yellow color.Beat-egg-yolk-gp-SunCakeMom
  4. Sift the flour and optional baking powder on top of the egg yolk and mix it in.Dobos-torte-process
  5. Slowly mix in the egg whites adding just a couple of spoonful at a time.Dobos-torte-process-2-SunCakeMom
  6. Cut 8.6″ / 22cm diamter circles out of baking paper to fit at the bottom of the tray then divide the batter into 6 and create as even Ø7.5″ /  Ø19cm layers as possible. Put layers into the preheat 356°F / 180°C oven and bake them for 10-15 minutes.Dobos-torte-process-4-SunCakeMom
  7. Take them out as soon as we see the edges are light brown. Don’t overbake them as too hard pastry would break.  Save the best layer and put it aside for the top caramel layer. We may put a plate on top of it to stop it from deforming.Dobos-torte-process-5-SunCakeMom

Filling

  1. Melt chocolate.Melted-chocolate-gp-SunCakeMom
  2. Dice butter and beat it for at least 10 minutes until we’ll get creamy and light consistency of it. Fluffier is better.Dobos-torte-process-7-SunCakeMom
  3. In the meantime put eggs and sugar into a double boilerDobos-torte-process-8-SunCakeMom
  4. Beat the eggs in medium heat until it is warm and soft peaks form.Dobos-torte-process-9-SunCakeMom
  5. Take it off the heat and keep beating until it cools down.Dobos-torte-process-12-SunCakeMom
  6. Mix melted chocolate with the fluffy butterDobos-torte-process-13-SunCakeMom
  7. Fold in the beaten eggs carefully.Dobos-torte-process-15-SunCakeMom
  8. Put the cream in the fridge until it’s ready to be use.

Glaze

  1. This is the trickiest part of the whole cake. We need to prepare all the things needed beforehand in reaching distance as we have to work as fast as possible. Prepare and check everything we will need: A sharp knife, butter and the top layer of the cake.
  2. Pour sugar and water into a saucepan and without stirring, cook until sugar dissolves then comes to a boil and the color starts darkening. It is important not to stir it otherwise it is going to crystallize. Instead of stirring swirl the pan and continue to boil until caramel becomes golden brown.Dobos-torte-process-30-SunCakeMom
  3. As soon as golden brown, act fast,Dobos-torte-process-36-SunCakeMom
  4. Pour caramel over the best looking cake layerDobos-torte-process-38-SunCakeMom
  5. Mark the caramel as fast as possible with a buttered knife or even better a spreading tool. Keep buttering the knife between the cuts. The easiest is to cut the glaze into 16 wedges. As we don’t have to estimate where to cut. Half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth…Dobos-torte-process-39-SunCakeMom
  6. We have to finish before the glaze hardens. Be really careful with the hot caramel. Don’t touch or try to taste it. It would burn the skin badly. When the caramel is hot we can mark it first by pressing the knife onto it gently. Later when it’s hardened we can cut it properly. It is a delicate job as the glaze could break easily.Dobos-torte-process-31-SunCakeMom

Assembly

  1. Place the first layer on the cake serving plate as this will make it easier to move it later. Divide cream into 6 evenly then spread filling on the first four layers and stack them.Dobos-torte-process-17-SunCakeMom
  2. Put the fifth layer on top. Now we only have 2 portions of the chocolate cream then spread half of it on top of the layer then cut the cake into a proper circle shape if necessary.Dobos-torte-process-22-SunCakeMom
  3. Cover the outside of the cake with the other half.Dobos-torte-process-25-SunCakeMom
  4. Throw the shredded nuts outside the cake as decoration. It will stick into the cream as it is still soft.Dobos-torte-process-27-SunCakeMom
  5. Place 16 half walnuts on top of the cake around the edge. This is where the caramel glaze slices are going to lean on. Cut the glaze properly and place it on top of the cake. Put a walnut in the middle as a final step. Keep it in a cool place but take it to room temperature half an hour before serving.Dobos-torte-process-33-SunCakeMom

Enjoy! Cherish! Love!Dobos-torte-3-SunCakeMom

After making a Dobos torte there are no more challenges but joyrides and fun adventures on the land of flavors and happiness:

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Dobos Torte

Dobos Torte is one of the most exquisite treats eggs and flour can make. Divine tasting buttery chocolate layers with caramelized sugar top. It's a godess!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Hungarian
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 16
Author SunCakeMom

Equipment

  • 8½" / 22cm Round cake tins

Ingredients

Pastry
  • 4 tablespoon / 50g Butter unsalted
  • cup / 100g Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Baking powder optional
  • 6 Eggs separated
  • cup / 60g Sugar or sweetener of choice
Filling
  • 8.8 oz / 250g Chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon Cocoa powder optional
  • 18 tablespoon / 250g Butter unsalted
  • 4 Eggs
  • ½ cup / 100g Sugar or sweetener of choice
Topping
  • ½ cup / 100g Sugar
  • 4 tablespoon Water
  • 12 Half walnuts decoration
  • 4 oz / 100g Shredded walnuts or any other nuts of choice to decorate the outside of the cake

Instructions

Pastry

  • Separate eggs and put them into two medium size mixing bowls then Put half of the sugar with the egg whites and the other half with the yolks.
    Separate-egg-white-from-yolk-gp-SunCakeMom
  • Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks are formed.
    Beat-egg-whites-gp-SunCakeMom
  • Separately mix yolks with sugar and beat it until we get a light yellow color.
    Beat-egg-yolk-gp-SunCakeMom
  • Sift the flour and optional baking powder on top of the egg yolk and mix it in.
    Dobos-torte-process
  • Slowly mix in the egg whites adding just a couple of spoonful at a time.
    Dobos-torte-process-2-SunCakeMom
  • Cut 8.6" / 22cm diamter circles out of baking paper to fit at the bottom of the tray then divide the batter into 6 and create as even Ø7.5" / Ø19cm layers as possible. Put layers into the preheat 356°F / 180°C oven and bake them for 10-15 minutes.
    Dobos-torte-process-4-SunCakeMom
  • Take them out as soon as we see the edges are light brown. Don’t overbake them as too hard pastry would break. Save the best layer and put it aside for the top caramel layer. We may put a plate on top of it to stop it from deforming.
    Dobos-torte-process-5-SunCakeMom

Filling

  • Melt chocolate.
    Melted-chocolate-gp-SunCakeMom
  • Dice butter and beat it for at least 10 minutes until we’ll get creamy and light consistency of it. Fluffier is better.
    Butter-creamy-gp-SunCakeMom
  • In the meantime put eggs and sugar into a double boiler
    Dobos-torte-process-8-SunCakeMom
  • Beat the eggs in medium heat until it is warm and soft peaks form.
    Dobos-torte-process-9-SunCakeMom
  • Take it off the heat and keep beating until it cools down.
    Dobos-torte-process-12-SunCakeMom
  • Mix melted chocolate with the fluffy butter
    Dobos-torte-process-13-SunCakeMom
  • Fold in the beaten eggs carefully then put the cream in the fridge until it's ready to be use.
    Dobos-torte-process-15-SunCakeMom

Topping

  • This is the trickiest part of the whole cake. We need to prepare all the things needed beforehand in reaching distance as we have to work as fast as possible. Prepare and check everything we will need: A sharp knife, butter and the top layer of the cake.
  • Pour sugar and water into a saucepan and without stirring, cook until sugar dissolves then comes to a boil and the color starts darkening. It is important not to stir it otherwise it is going to crystallize. Instead of stirring swirl the pan and continue to boil until caramel becomes a golden brown.
    Dobos-torte-process-30-SunCakeMom
  • As soon as golden brown, act fast,
    Dobos-torte-process-36-SunCakeMom
  • Pour caramel over the best looking cake layer.
    Dobos-torte-process-38-SunCakeMom
  • Mark the caramel as fast as possible with a buttered knife or even better a spreading tool. Keep buttering the knife between the cuts. The easiest is to cut the glaze into 16 wedges. As we don’t have to estimate where to cut. Half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth…
    Dobos-torte-process-39-SunCakeMom
  • We have to finish before the glaze hardens. Be really careful with the hot caramel. Don’t touch or try to taste it. It would burn the skin badly. When the caramel is hot we can mark it first by pressing the knife onto it gently. Later when it's hardened we can cut it properly. It is a delicate job as the glaze could break easily.
    Dobos-torte-process-31-SunCakeMom

Assembly

  • Place the first layer on the cake serving plate as this will make it easier to move it later. Divide cream into 6 evenly then spread filling on the first four layers and stack them.
    Dobos-torte-process-17-SunCakeMom
  • Put the fifth layer on top. Now we only have 2 portions of the chocolate cream then spread half of it on top of the layer then cut the cake into a proper circle shape if necessary.
    Dobos-torte-process-22-SunCakeMom
  • Cover the outside of the cake with the other half.
    Dobos-torte-process-25-SunCakeMom
  • Throw the shredded nuts outside the cake as decoration. It will stick into the cream as it is still soft.
    Dobos-torte-process-27-SunCakeMom
  • Place 16 half walnuts on top of the cake around the edge. This is where the caramel glaze slices are going to lean on. Cut the glaze properly and place it on top of the cake. Put a walnut in the middle as a final step. Keep it in a cool place but take it to room temperature half an hour before serving.
    Dobos-torte-process-33-SunCakeMom

Notes

Enjoy! Cherish! Love!

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