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7 Layer Cake Answered

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
Lithium Rain

13 years ago

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

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

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
Lithium Rain

Reply 13 years ago

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
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

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
Lithium Rain

Reply 13 years ago

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
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

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
Lithium Rain

Reply 13 years ago

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
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

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
Lithium Rain

Reply 13 years ago

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
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

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

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 13 years ago

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

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

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
Lithium Rain

Reply 13 years ago

Not at all! Go right ahead! :)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

:.-.( 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
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

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

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

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
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

It looks great! I wish I could taste it.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

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
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

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

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

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
Lithium Rain

Reply 13 years ago

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
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

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
randofo

Reply 13 years ago

I'll send you an Instructables patch. Really.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 13 years ago

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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zachninme
zachninme

13 years ago

That one has more than 7 cake layers...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

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
whatsisface

Reply 13 years ago

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

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

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
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Ooops, sorry about the unprintable characters...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

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