Dobostorta is one of the most famous cakes in Hungary
"The word 'dobos' means 'like a drum' in Hungarian.
However, this cake is named after its creator, Hungarian pastry chef Josef Dobos." says Kevin Ryan.
Dobos torte or Dobosh is a Hungarian cake named after its inventor, a well-known Hungarian confectioner, József C. Dobos in 1884.
It is a five-layer sponge cake, layered with chocolate buttercream and topped with thin caramel slices.
The sides of the cake are sometimes coated with ground hazelnuts, chestnuts, walnuts or almonds but the original cake is with out a coat, since it was a slice of a big cake. Dobos' aim was to make a cake that would last longer than other pastries, in an age when cooling techniques were limited. The caramel topping helps keep the cake from drying out.
The cake soon became popular throughout Europe as it was different from all others. It was simple but elegant, as opposed to the multi-layer, flaming cakes of the age.
Its other secret was its use of fine buttercream, which was very little known at the time; cake fillings and frostings were usually made with cooked pastry cream or whipped cream. The chocolate buttercream and the batter of the cake were both invented by Jozsef C. Dobos.