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Seeking a chocolate layer cake, lots of layers, with rum involved.

This is a childhood memory. A family friend, a lovely woman from Poland, make this cake. It was tall with several layers, possibly standard layers sliced horizontally, and there was rum. I don't know if it was in the batter or the icing, or both. The cake was very dark and very rich. Mrs. G. kept it in the refrigerator and sliced it very thinly to serve. When I was a young adult, I asked for the recipe and she declined to share it because she'd once given it to someone and it was a failure. That person accused her of sabotaging the recipe. From that story, I take it that the cake might be something more complex than a dump cake. (Though dump cakes have their place.) Anyway, every crumb was precious and I'd love to try my hand. Anyone?

asked by Nora almost 2 years ago

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Lindsay-Jean Hard
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added almost 2 years ago

This isn't exactly what you're looking for, but it does have a lot of layers and involve rum: https://food52.com/recipes...

Any chance it's possible to try asking Mrs. G again? Or another one of her family members?

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HalfPint
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added almost 2 years ago

This is the closest thing that I could find based on your description,
http://www.grouprecipes.com/109695/polish-black-cake.html

Bear in mind that there are lots of variations of this cake, called murzynek, so Mrs.G's recipe was probably her family's version. Good luck!

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Nora
added almost 2 years ago

Thank you, friends. Both of your suggestions look delicious, and likely to satisfy my memory. Sad to say, Mrs. G has passed away and I'm not in touch with anyone who might have had access to her recipe file.

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Nora
added almost 2 years ago

Thank you, friends. Both of your suggestions look delicious, and likely to satisfy my memory. Sad to say, Mrs. G has passed away and I'm not in touch with anyone who might have had access to her recipe file.

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drbabs
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added almost 2 years ago

It sounds to me like you're describing a dobos torte. Perhaps your family friend made the cake chocolate (it's usually a yellow cake) and added rum to the filling. See if this looks familiar. https://smittenkitchen...

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