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.
A side profile of one of my mini dobos. We were supposed to take the time to evenly cut out all the sponge cake layers, coat everything in the chocolate buttercream after stacking and garnish with hazelnuts or some other nut...but I took the busy mother's route instead. The taste is still impossibly good. There is so much butter in the buttercream but yet it doesn't taste that way at all. Very rich and creamy and worth repeating on its own.
The caramel-coated sponge cake pieces on the top were a mild failure for me but I included them in the pictures nevertheless. The torte tastes delicious but, like many of the challenges, it involves so many steps and so much time that it makes it impractical for a casual gathering. But that's my thought being now almost 9 months pregnant and having to take care of my almost 1-year-old on top of it. Simple, quick and delicious would be really nice!