As with many classic European cakes, this one takes it name from its inventor, Jozsef Dobos. The Dobos torte was first introduced in 1885; Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria and his Empress Elisabeth were among the first to taste it. It quickly became a favourite throughout Europe and remains so to this day.
Here in Canada, however, it’s not as well known, outside the European communities, and not many people make it any more. We had a regular guest who ordered one up for a special birthday cake. They were quite relieved to find that we were very familiar with this cake as it is difficult to find these days.
A Dobos torte is made up of seven layers of sponge wrapped in a chocolate buttercream and topped with a caramel wafer. It can be a time-consuming challenge for the home baker as all the layers must be baked individually.
Even in our commercial kitchen it can be time-consuming, so we thought if you’re gonna make one why not make a few. We delivered up the birthday cake to the delight of the birthday girl and the others we put on display in the café where they immediately sold out and the Dobos has been a regular staple ever since.