Classic European Tortes: Dobos, Sacher & More
Discover accessible techniques for bringing classic European tortes to life with guidance from King Arthur Flour pastry team manager Wilhelm Wanders. To begin, learn how to make Black Forest cake. From building your chocolate genoise layers to filling your torte with cherry brandy-flavored mousse, you'll relish adding this crowd-pleasing dessert to your repertoire. Next, whip up the Sacher torte, an Austrian coffee shop staple. Start with the dense chocolate crumb, add an apricot coating and finish your torte with a cooked chocolate glaze. The Hungarian Dobos torte is next. Find out how to build six free-form layers, fill them with chocolate buttercream and top your torte with an eye-catching caramel fan. Finally, create the always elegant princess torte and finish it with a show-stopping marzipan dome.
Wilhelm Wanders grew up working in his father's pastry shop in Germany. He owned his own chocolate shop in Northern Virginia before settling in New England. Now, he leads King Arthur Flour's pastry team in their Norwich, Vermont, bakery.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Dive into the fascinating history of European tortes and find out what makes these treats so unique. Then, review professional baking tools and the importance of weighing your ingredients.
Get started by making a classic German Black Forest torte. Build layers of chocolate genoise, assemble them atop a sugar cookie base, fill it with a cherry brandy-flavored mousse and sour cherry filling, and top it all off with chocolate shavings.
Up next, master the coffee house classic from Vienna, Austria: the Sacher torte. Whip up a cake with dense chocolate crumb and coat it with apricot preserves before enrobing it in a cooked chocolate glaze.
Create an impressive Dobos torte from Budapest, Hungary. Build six free-form vanilla sponge layers and cover them with a luxurious chocolate buttercream filling, then adorn your torte with a show-stopping caramel fan.
Finally, create Sweden's royal favorite, the princess torte. This festive combination of vanilla chiffon cake, pastry cream and Chantilly cream under a marzipan dome is sure to wow.