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My baking skills are not good enough for me to do this on my own, but I'd love to see an Instructable on making a traditional 7 Layer Cake. I was surprised to find it in the supermarket freezer the other day and wished I knew how to make it (at least in theory). It is usually only found somewhere where there is a large Jewish or Eastern European influence and there seems to be fewer and fewer bakeries making it so I'd love to have a recipe for posterity should I ever be inclined to give it a try. It was the first time I've seen it in California (and it was shipped from a bakery in Brooklyn no less!).

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Lithium Rain (author)2008-04-14

Randofo, what would you give me if I posted this?? :D

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Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2008-04-14

Ack! And I was going to enter my version of it in the Cake contest :-) As long as you don't use ganache, it should be ok though :-p

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Lithium Rain (author)Goodhart2008-04-15

Goodhart, I'll make you a deal. I won't enter my seven layer cake in the cake contest (thereby letting you enter it) if randofo sends the patch to me. Deal?

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Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2008-04-15

Oh I was just teasing really. I don't want to tell you what to do.

Even if you entered it, if it is like the one pictured, mine would be, um a little different :-)

Actually, I am not much of a baker, as I am a cook (two totally different skill sets, really), but the one I made in the past, twice actually, if it turns out again, is a chocoholic's dream :-)

Really, I was just trying to be funny... ;-) But, if you post it here, it may be considered by others as "up for grabs" *shrug*

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Lithium Rain (author)Goodhart2008-04-15

Oh, okay. Well, that's a good point-I would be slightly perturbed if someone won the cake contest with MY recipe. Anyway, I'll bake one so I can take pics and post it as soon as possible.

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Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2008-04-15

Yes, I have got to get out sometime this week and pick up a few supplies....some cream, unsweetened chocolate, almonds, and a few other things :-) I want to make a proper Torte

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Lithium Rain (author)Goodhart2008-04-15

Ah...a purist!:) Ill be making "ghetto" torte...tastes good, but I don't have shortening, so I'll use butter or oil, and I don't have the proper chocolate for the filling/icing, so I'll be using some 63 %cacao dove chocolate...you get the idea. But it'll still be torte.

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Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2008-04-15

I have read somewhere, for those of us not very practiced at Baking, but are half decent at cooking......"While cooking - - experiment; while baking - - follow the recipe :-) I have made a chocolate cake once that tasted wonderful....but it looked like someone had stepped on the middle of it, and then poured Ganache into the center of it (the ganache kind of half melted and flowed into the center.....it turned out like a giant, hard chocolate filled irregular donut. LOL Not pretty, but it tasted great :-)

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Lithium Rain (author)Goodhart2008-04-15

Lol! I am almost done w/ the dobos torte, the layers are chilling, but they are a little soft, I guess I didn't bake them long enough. I thought they would harden when I took them out, like my cookies. They still taste okay, though.

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Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2008-04-22

Well, I got all my ingredients.....now.....where can I purchase a little TIME LOL

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Lithium Rain (author)Goodhart2008-04-22

Yeah it took me FOREVER...I thought I'd never be done.

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Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2008-04-22

Well, having to go to work every day for about 9 hours doesn't help much either. :-) Hopefully by the weekend, and if I don't get it in the contest, well I want to publish my version anyways, that is, if you don't mind :-)

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Lithium Rain (author)Goodhart2008-04-22

Not at all! Go right ahead! :)

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Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2008-04-27

:.-.( I won't have time to get mine in by Contest time, I don't think anyway, but I will publish it anyway since I thought it was so delicious last I made it (not that yours is not, but I haven't tried that yet :-)

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Lithium Rain (author)Goodhart2008-04-27

You have my vote (or rating if you don't get it published in time)!

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Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2008-04-27

It kind of flopped. I will get it in, but it is a single layer (it didn't rise for me, must be old Baking Powder or something). It is kind of ugly too *sigh* I am writing it up even now.

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Lithium Rain (author)Goodhart2008-04-28

It looks great! I wish I could taste it.

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Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2008-04-28

To me it looks like a virtual mess. I do wish I had had more time to do it so it looked right, and so I could have made the layers. *sigh*

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Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2008-04-27

Thanks, I did get it in, albeit not in really good shape. *sigh*

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Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2008-04-17

I have yet to get my ingredients.....tomorrow I hope to purchase them and maybe get the cake done on Sat. (since I am going to a rehearsal dinner Sat night, and Sunday a wedding....) things are going to be tight timewise.

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Lithium Rain (author)Goodhart2008-04-19

Okay Goodhart, I made it and did an ible. Since you seem okay with it, I thought I would go ahead and enter the contest, but if I misinterpreted I 'll retract it immediately. :)

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Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2008-04-20

Oh, you are fine :-) Mine is "less traditional" :-) ingredient-wise It is going to take a bit of my time, so I took Monday off work just to do this (just kidding, I did take Monday off, but the cake is not the ONLY thing I will be doing that day :-)

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randofo (author)Lithium Rain2008-04-15

I'll send you an Instructables patch. Really.

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Lithium Rain (author)randofo2008-04-15

Okay! I'll post how to do it in the next couple days if at all possible. I really want that patch!

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Lithium Rain (author)2008-04-22

I don't see my patch, randofo...

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Lithium Rain (author)2008-04-19

Randofo you owe me a patch!

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zachninme (author)2008-04-15

That one has more than 7 cake layers...

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Goodhart (author)GorillazMiko2008-04-14

ooo ooo I made one of those about a year ago......frantically looks for recipe.....arrrrgh....sometimes called dobostorte, sometimes referred to as a torte. Yes, it is not just baking skills that are needed, but patience. It takes a steady hand....

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whatsisface (author)Goodhart2008-04-15

Torte IIRC is just German for cake isn't it?

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Goodhart (author)whatsisface2008-04-15

I am not sure offhand, from the German wikipedia I got this: ist ein feiner, aus mehreren horizontalen Schichten bestehender Kuchen, der nach dem Backen des Teigs mit Creme und/oder Früchten gefüllt und anschließend verziert wird. Bisweilen wird in Rezepten der französische Ausdruck Tarte verwendet. Which is roughly translated as: Is a fine of several horizontal layers of existing cake after baking the dough with cream and / or fruit filled, and then decorated. Sometimes recipes in the French expression Tarte.

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2008-04-15

Ooops, sorry about the unprintable characters...

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2008-04-14

PS, it looks like you have a 12 layer torte pictured :-)

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