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.
The monthly Daring Baker's Challenges are always challenging, and making a vegan version of the recipes that are selected by the hosts makes it even more so. Usually I stick to healthy cooking, making low fat and low sugar substitutes whenever I can - but that was all out the window for this confection!
The Dobos Torte was supposed to be a five-layer sponge cake, and apparently some recipes end up with 12 layers! That would be quite a tall slice of cake. I think that the omission of eggs attributed to less batter in general for mine, and alas, I only had a three-layer cake.
I love how the chopped hazelnuts matched the dark chocolate "buttercream"icing, and the caramel topping was amazing. As I mentioned, this is an extremely sweet dessert, and just a small slice will satisfy any sweet craving.