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You don\'t want ink on your cake.)</li>\n<li>Beat the egg yolks, 2/3 cup of the powdered sugar, and the vanilla in a medium bowl with a mixer on high speed until the mixture is thick, pale yellow and forms a thick ribbon when the beaters are lifted a few inches above the batter, about 3 minutes. </li>\n<li>In another bowl, using clean beaters, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the remaining 2/3 cup powdered sugar until the whites form stiff, shiny peaks. </li>\n<li>Using a large rubber spatula, stir about 1/4 of the beaten whites into the egg yolk mixture, then fold in the remainder, leaving a few wisps of white visible. </li>\n<li>Combine the flour and salt. Sift half the flour over the eggs, and fold in; repeat with the remaining flour.</li>\n<li>Line one of the baking sheets with a circle-marked paper. Using a small offset spatula, spread about 3/4 cup of the batter in an even layer, filling in the traced circle on one baking sheet. </li>\n<li>Bake on the top rack for 5 minutes, until the cake springs back when pressed gently in the center and the edges are lightly browned. </li>\n<li>While this cake bakes, repeat the process on the other baking sheet, placing it on the center rack. When the first cake is done, move the second cake to the top rack. Invert the first cake onto a flat surface and brush the back with water. Allow this to sit for about 2 minutes and then carefully peel off the paper. </li>\n<li>Cool the layer on a cooling rack. </li>\n<li>Continue with the remaining papers and batter to make a total of six layers. </li>\n<li>Completely cool the layers. </li>\n<li>Using an 8\" springform pan or a ring mold as a template, trim each cake layer into a neat round. <br /><em>Note</em>: A small serrated knife is best for this task.</li>\n</ol>\n</p><p><strong>Mocha Buttercream<br /></strong>4 large eggs, at room temperature<br />1 c granulated sugar<br />4 oz bittersweet chocolate (I used a 75% cocoa from Cocoa Barry)<br />1/4 c espresso, cold (I brewed some by stirring boiling water into fresh espresso beans, then strained it through a fine mesh sieve) <br />2 sticks plus 2 T unsalted butter, at room temperature<strong><br /></strong>\n<ol>\n<li>Prepare a double-boiler: quarter-fill a large saucepan with water and bring it to a boil.</li>\n<li>\nMeanwhile, whisk the eggs with the sugar until pale and thickened, about five minutes. Transfer the mixture into the bowl you\'re using for the double-boiler.</li>\n<li>\nFit bowl over the boiling water in the saucepan (water should not touch bowl) and lower the heat to a brisk simmer. Cook the egg mixture, whisking constantly, for 2-3 minutes until you see it starting to thicken a bit. </li>\n<li>Whisk in the finely chopped chocolate and cook, stirring, for a further 2-3 minutes.</li>\n<li>\nScrape the chocolate mixture into a clean mixer bowl and leave to cool to room temperature. It should be quite thick and sticky in consistency.</li>\n<li>\nWhen cool, beat in the soft butter, a small piece (about 2 tablespoons) at a time. The mixer will run for several minutes while you\'re adding butter. </li>\n<li>As soon as you have added all of the butter and you have a thick buttercream, fold in the strong coffee until you have achieved the intensity of flavor you want. </li>\n</ol>\n</p><p><strong><br />Caramel Topping</strong><br />1 c granulated sugar<br />12 T water<br />2 tsp lemon juice<br />1 T neutral oil (e.g. grapeseed, rice bran, sunflower)\n<ol>\n<li>Choose the best-looking cake layer for the caramel top. </li>\n<li>Line a jellyroll pan with parchment paper and butter the paper. Place the reserved cake layer on the paper. </li>\n<li>Cut the cake into 12 equal wedges. </li>\n<li>Lightly oil a thin, sharp knife and an offset metal spatula.</li>\n<li>\nStir the sugar, water and lemon juice in a small saucepan. </li>\n<li>Bring to a boil over a medium heat, stirring often to dissolve the sugar. </li>\n<li>Once dissolved into a smooth syrup, turn the heat up to high and boil without stirring, swirling the pan by the handle occasionally and washing down any sugar crystals on the sides of the pan with a wet brush until the syrup has turned into an amber-colored caramel.<br /><em>Note</em>: Not honey-colored. Amber-colored. This will be deceptive in a stainless steel bottomed-pan, but don\'t be afraid to push the color a little bit. </li>\n<li>\nImmediately pour all of the hot caramel over the cake layer. Using the offset spatula, quickly spread the caramel evenly to the edge of the cake layer. </li>\n<li>Let cool until beginning to set, about 30 seconds. </li>\n<li>Before the caramel cools completely, warm a sharp knife in hot water (and then dry and quickly oil it). Use the knife to cut through ragged edges of caramel that happen when you spread the caramel. </li>\n</ol>\n</p><p><strong>Assembling the Dobos Torta<br />\n</strong>\n<ol>\n<li>Place a cardboard round at the bottom of a ring mold or springform pan. </li>\n<li>Line the inside of the pan with an acetate strip.&nbsp;</li>\n<li>Working carefully, slide the first cake layer to the bottom of the pan, ensuring a tight fit inside the pan. </li>\n<li>Divide the buttercream into six equal parts.</li>\n<li>Spread the layer with one part of the buttercream, carefully leveling it before continuing. </li>\n<li>Repeat with 4 more cake layers, stopping between layers to refrigerate the cake and allow the buttercream to firm up.</li>\n<li>When all layers have been placed and the top is covered with buttercream, chill the cake for 10 - 15 minutes. </li>\n<li>Remove the cake from the pan, but leave the acetate strip in place. Chill for an additional 10 minutes. </li>\n<li>Spread buttercream on the sides of the cake.</li>\n<li>Use a chef\'s knife to lightly score the cake into 12 equal portions. </li>\n<li>In the middle of each portion, pipe a small amount of the mocha buttercream. Use this to prop up the caramel cake slices all the way around the top of the cake. </li>\n<li>For the edge of the cake, pat chopped or whole almonds, or arrange nuts in some interesting pattern. This is purely decorative and is optional. </li>\n</ol>\n\n</p>', created = 1417152258, expire = 1417238658, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:8190aa46ce902283b2f08d4fa5f7eeeb' in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/21429/domains/purplehousedirt.com/html/includes/cache.inc on line 109.
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Daring Bakers

Dobos Torta

Dobos Torta

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.


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