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Apr 25, 2009 08:57 PM

Esterhazy Torte?


I just got back from a wonderful trip to Vienna, where I basically ate cake two to three times a day. This culinary research led me to one conclusion -- the "Esterhazy Torte" is the most friggin' delicious dessert on the planet!!! This Hungarian dessert consists of 6 or so thin layers of a crunchy walnut cakes, layered with buttercream, covered with apricot glaze and fondant. It's ridiculous.

So -- does anyone know where I can find such a thing in Los Angeles? I will DRIVE to get it. And if that isn't in the cards, I'm happy to spend a day or two in my kitchen trying to recreate it, so any recipes or links to recipes would be great too.

Thanks so much!

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  1. I'm not really helping because I haven't had this cake ever, but I believe there's a Hungarian restaurant in the Valley called Maximilian. You could start there. Victor Benes may be another option. Lastly, at the Farmer's Market on 3rd & Fairfax there's a bakery that sells what I'd call "Eastern European" pastries (I have no idea if the owners are Polish or Hungarian or Bulgarian) where you may want to do sweet research as well. Good luck!