How to make it

  • To make the cake, put your rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour or line with circles of parchment paper 3 round baking pans (one 6-inches, one 8-inches and one 10-inches).
  • Separate the eggs. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, work the butter until creamy, slowly adding 1 cup of the sugar, stopping the mixer once in a while to scrape down the sides of the bowl, until the mixture is light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition, until the mixture is pale yellow and ribbons form. Add the water, vanilla, lemon juice, and zest.
  • In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, whip the egg whites and salt for 2 minutes. Slowly add the remaining cup of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold one-third of the whites into the egg-yolk mixture to lighten it. Fold in the remaining egg whites in two additions. Sift the flour and baking soda into the cake batter, then gently fold it in.
  • Divide the cake batter between the three prepared pans, smooth the surfaces, and bake for 25 minutes the 6-inch cake, 30 minutes for the 8-inch cake, and 35 minutes the 10-inch cake, or until the cake springs back when pressed.
  • Allow the cakes to cool in their pans for 15 minutes. Remove the cakes from the pans invert them on top of the pans. Remove the parchment paper and cool thoroughly before continuing the torte.
  • To make the rum syrup, in a small 2 quart saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the rum.
  • To prepare the butter cream, in a double boiler, heat the egg whites and granulated sugar until the sugar is barely dissolved; do not overheat or the eggs will scramble. In an electric mixer, filled with a whip attachment, whip the egg whites and sugar mixture until the mixture becomes cool to the touch. While machine is running, add bits of butter and confectioners' sugar until all is incorporated.
  • To make the pastry cream, in a saucepan heat the milk with a piece of lemon zest for flavor; do not let the milk come to a boil. In a separate bowl, mix together the egg yolks, vanilla, cornstarch, and sugar. Slowly add the milk, taking care to temper it first. Add 1/2 cup of the milk into the egg mixture, stir, and then stir in the remaining milk. Place the pan back on top of the stove and whisk over medium heat until the mixture thickens (about 15 minutes). Remove the pan from the heat and spread on a cookie sheet covered with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming on the top and cool in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • It is now time to assemble the cake with its decorations. Put the melted chocolates in a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip.
  • To assemble the torte, cut each cake layer in half and brush both sides with rum syrup. Cover each bottom half with cooled pastry cream topped with shaved chocolate.
  • Cover each bottom half with a top half. Put each cake on a cardboard cake base. Trim the cake tops and sides as necessary. Cover each cake with prepared butter cream, using a metal spatula. Put the cakes in the refrigerator to chill. Place extra butter cream in a pastry bag with star tip. Reserve.
  • Soften and roll out the marzipan so that it is 1/8 inch thick then sprinkle it with cornstarch and confectioners sugar. Cover each cake with marzipan, cutting off any excess, and rolling it out to use for decorations.
  • Put the smaller cake on top of the medium cake, and the medium cake on top of the large cake. Decorate the torte with the reserved butter cream on the borders and a melted chocolate design on top. Finish with marzipan decorations and extra shaved chocolate, if desired.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • From Dottie Theriault's Collection

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  • ttaaccoo 9 years ago
    This sounds fabulous and utterly divine!! thanks!!5555555555
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    " It was excellent "
    sunny ate it and said...
    wow, making this is a serious commitment!
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  • crystalwaters 11 years ago
    Thanks for sharing this delightful recipe, have bookmarked!
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    " It was excellent "
    recipediva ate it and said...
    This is our favorite cake for birthdays in our house. I never made it home always bought it. Thank you so much for a wonderful post!
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