Dobosh Torte (Seven Layer Torte)

Dobosh Torte (Seven Layer Torte)

Yield: 12 Servings

7 Eggs, separate out yolks
3 Egg yolks, additional
3 1/2 c Confectioner’s sugar, (1 pound)
3/4 c Sifted all-purpose flour
1 tb Lemon juice
1/8 ts Salt

1/2 lb (good quality) semisweet or
bittersweet chocolate
1 c Butter
1 ts Vanilla extract
3 Egg yolks *see note
2 tb Confectioner’s sugar

To prepare for baking seven layers (the usual number): Tear off seven piece
of aluminum foil, or baking pan liner paper (NOTE 1), each about 11-inches
long. Spread softened butter lightly over a 10-inch square area in the
center of each piece of foil or paper. Sprinkle with flour.

Shake and tilt the foil or paper to make sure the buttered area is
thoroughly floured and shake off any excess. On the floured area trace a
9-inch circle. (Use any 9-inch circular object as a pattern: the bottom of a
9-inch springform pan, an inverted 9-inch cake tin, or a 9-inch pot cover.)
Repeat with remaining pieces of foil or paper. Set aside.

Place rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees.

In the large bowl of an electric mixer at high speed, beat the 10 egg yolks
for a few minutes til they are pale and lemon-colored. Reduce speed and
gradually add sugar. Increase speed to high again and beat for 5 minutes or
until very thick. Reduce speed and gradually add the flour, then again
increase it to high and beat for 5 minutes more (mixture will be almost
stiff), scraping the bowl occasionally with a rubber spatula. Mix in the
lemon juice and remove from the mixer. (The mixture will be very thick-use
your fingers to get it all off the beaters.)

Beat the seven whites with the salt until they hold a point- stiff, but not
dry. Since the yolk mixture is very thick, actually stir a few spoonfuls of
the whites in to lighten it a bit. Then fold in a few large spoonfuls three
or four times til the mixture lightens.

Gently fold in the remaining whites.

With a large serving spoon, place two or three large spoonfuls of the batter
on one of the pieces of prepared foil or paper. Using the back of the spoon,
spread the batter thin, slowly rotating the paper with your left hand as you
spread the batter with your right hand. Make it thin, but do not leave any
holes in it. A 1/4- inch thickness should give you seven layers. Do not make
the edges too thin. Follow the lines closely, but don’t worry, the edges can
be trimmed later.

Slide a cookie sheet under the foil or paper and bake for 5 to 7 minutes or
until the top is golden brown with dark brown spots. If the layers are
thicker than mine are, they will take longer to bake. If they are not baked
long enough they will stick to the foil or paper. Repeat with remaining
layers. If you bake more than one layer at a time, rotate the positions of
the pans during baking to insure even browning.

When a layer is baked and out of the oven, lift the corners of the foil or
paper and invert onto a rack. Peel off the paper and immediately invert the
layer onto another rack to cool, right side up. (Letting the layer cool
upside down will make it stick to the rack.) When you run out of racks,
layers may cool on smooth toweling that has been dusted with confectioner’s
sugar. When you run out of room, cooled layers may be stacked if you
sprinkle the tops lightly with confectioner’s sugar and place wax paper
between them.

Cooled layers may be trimmed to even the edges. Working on a board, place an 8-1/2 inch or 9-inch pot cover or cake pan on the layer. Cut around with a small sharp knife and then cut with scissors.

FILLING AND ICING: Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot
water on moderate heat. Remove from heat, stir until smooth, and set aside
to cool completely.

In small bowl of electric mixer cream the butter. Add vanilla and egg yolks
and beat well. Add sugar and cooled chocolate. Beat until thoroughly mixed,
scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula.

Place four strips of wax paper around the outer edges of a cake plate.Place
one cake layer on the plate and with a long, narrow metal spatula spread
with a thin layer of the chocolate filling. If you have made more than seven
layers, the filling must be spread very thin, in order to have enough for
all. Place another layer on top, adjusting it carefully so that the edges
are lined up evenly. Continue icing the layers, stacking them as evenly as

Spread the remaining chocolate smoothly around the sides first and then over
the top.

Remove wax paper strips by pulling each one out by a narrow end and
refrigerate cake for at least several hours to set the icing. Store in
refrigerator and serve cold.


  1. If you use baking pan liner paper it must be buttered and floured for
    this recipe or the layers will stick to it.

  2. This is a very firm cake; use a sharp heavy knife for serving.

  3. Dobosh Torte may be made a day ahead, or it may be frozen.

  4. Dobosh Torte is traditionally made with a layer of carmelized sugar on
    top. I prefer it this way with icing on top- it is easier to prepare, easier
    to serve, easier to eat, and, to my taste, more delicious.

NOTES : This frosting contains raw egg yolks!

Recipe by: Maida Heatter’s Book of Great Desserts, 1976, page 25