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The caramel top of a dobostorte -- help! I cannot figure out how to pour the caramel over the top layer without it draining off and more of it ending up all over the counter than on the cake. Is there some kind of non-stick surface that would resist even this stickiest of caramel?

Also, I have been never been able to cut or even score it into wedges -- either the caramel is too runny and runs back together, or too hard and cracks all over the place.

How can I make the top of this cake look picture-perfect?

asked by Tammy about 4 years ago
3 answers 660 views
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added about 4 years ago

As to your first question greased parchment paper has worked for me. As to your second question, if you want to make it look presentable, try a adding a bit of acid to your caramel to stop the sugar from crystallizing, ie bit of lemon juice or cream of tartar, that way it will set up properly atop your pastry.

Dsc03010
added about 4 years ago

Make the cake layers and filling, then fill and stack the cake. Make the caramel and pour/spread it onto buttered parchment on a baking sheet. Let it cool. When it's firm but not hard, use a lightly oiled pizza cutter or knife to cut it into eight, 10 or 12 wedges, depending on how big you want each serving to be. Let the caramel cool completely. Just before serving, lay the caramel wedges at an angle on the cake--it should look sort of like a pinwheel. Slice between the wedges and serve.

Dsc00426
added about 4 years ago

maybe creating a collar a couple of inches taller than the cake to go all the way around it will create a dam so the caramel has a chance to set. could it also be possible that the caramel is too warm when you pour it? caramel is fairly straightforward, but it can also be challenging, and since you mention that you are having extreme results (too runny or too hard), maybe you just haven't hit upon the magic balance of this particular recipe?