Great British Bake Off: Dobos Torte

Episode 6: European Cakes

Recipe (Showstopper Challenge): Dobos Torte

Do you know what a Dobos Torte is? Yeah, neither do I. Or rather, neither DID I. I had to do some research to figure out this Technical Challenge. The Dobos Torte is a multi-layered cake with a lot of caramel garnish. The emphasis here is on the caramel work, which is where I concentrated my efforts. I wanted to do an Eastern twist on flavors so I made a green tea layer cake with kinako filling and then a smaller black sesame layer cake, also with kinako filling. And then caramel – lots of it!

To be honest, I was a little intimidated by this challenge. My caramel game has never been very good. It’s probably because I’m scared of it. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve never really emotionally healed from my first crystallization, or the scalding hot liquid but I tend to shy away from caramel-heavy projects. But I was determined to make this one spectacular.

IMG_3471Green tea layers & black sesame layers.

Even though it is a cake, I actually made the cake the second priority in this project. I really just wanted it to be the beautiful prop for the caramel decoration I had envisioned in my head. I didn’t want to make the cake too precious, so it was a simple layer cake with a flavoured whipped cream filling.

Here are the caramel “molds”. I was thinking I wanted the cake to be in a caramel cage with circular elements.

Caramel MoldsI used a cake round (same circumference as the bottom cake), a round 6″ cake dome and a ladle.

Caramel on MoldsThe caramel kept slipping off the parchment, so off it went! It stuck a lot better when cooler too. You can see where I am going with the dome-shaped decoration…

Caramel on LadleThe ladle wearing its caramel wig proudly! 

IMG_3505And here is the final product! So my idea was to have the ladle “bowl” sitting on top of the inverted dome, but it didn’t quite work out.

IMG_3491I used some caramel threads & shards to add more height. 

IMG_3489Top view.

Dobos Torte

A couple of slices of Dobos Torte – happy to say it was quite tasty!

Overall: 8/10

My cake game wasn’t on point – but look at that caramel work! Can I say my fears were overcome? Not quite…but I’m definitely more confident.

Up next the Showstopper Challenge!

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