Monday, January 17, 2011

Wafer Cake


Now here's a treat, made from magic. You buy a box of "Tortenboden" at the German grocery store, and take out the eight paper-thin layers of crisp wafer. Cut them in half so they'll fit on the platter, spread Nutella on each of them, stack them, and then cover them with cocoa-and-sugar enhanced whipped cream. After half a day, the wafers soften up just a little, and when you cut into it, you see what appears to be myriads of chocolatey layers.

Then you stop looking, and start eating.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think I could go for this!

M

sarah said...

*love*

YayaOrchid said...

Sounds so easy and delicious! It certainly LOOKS delicious! I only wish we had a German grocery or bakery in our area.

Sage said...

Yum! But, this post is a week too late! I live in Denmark and went shopping on the German border just last week :(

Tortenboden and a giant (they have one that's like 5 kilos) tub of Nutella are on next trip's shopping list :)

Hana - Marmota said...

Wow. A Nutella cake. That must be sweet.
And it looks good.

good_to_be_home said...

My family does something similar with graham crackers. Looks good!

Margo said...

Why have I not yet made one of these icebox cakes?! They are so simple and look so appealing. And nutella is soooo good. I've been making ours, using angry chicken's easy peasy recipe. (http://thriftathome.blogspot.com/2010/04/homemade-nutella.html)

Shelley in SC said...

I can do this! I can do this!

Maria said...

We used to make those back in Vienna, but with chocolate butter cream instead of the nutella and without the cream. I love the way they taste once they get soft. Wish we had a German grocery (or at least that Aldi would carry those wafers).

Suzanne said...

My girls make this but with chocolate graham crakers, called Ice Box Cakes:-) They feel so accomplished...LOL!

Val said...

Very yummy! They make similar cakes in Russia, which are so, so good.

Lisa said...

I finally tried Nutella just recently - yumm.

Lisateresa

nicole said...

Ok, as a german living in germany I'm now left wondering what kind of Tortenboden you're buying that has wafers in it! Do you by any chance have a picture of the packaging it came in?

Sarah said...

My Mom makes something similar, but with thin chocolate cookies (the size and texture of swedish ginger snaps, but chocolate) laid out in a long roll with whipped cream between each cookie and over the roll. She leaves it to soften in the fridge for a day, and serves it with fresh raspberry sauce. Amazing!

Anna said...

The box says "zum selbstfullen"--wafers for fancy cakes. Surely they're on every street corner :)

Cynthia said...

My mouth is watering!

Eva Girl said...

WOW! That sounds amazing! It looks so pretty too : ) I will have to look for these wafers next time I go to the market!

willowcaroline said...

We have done something similar with thin chocolate cookies and whipped cream, as mentioned earlier.. but for a summery fun version, we layer ice cream sandwiches, with whipped cream and sometimes raspberry jam. (Good recipe here:http://mennonitegirlscancook.blogspot.com/2009/08/ice-cream-dessert.html )
Same idea, larger scale, and perfect for hot summer days.

nicole said...

Anna, thank you for the reply. Sadly, the only Tortenböden I can find are the spongecake type. I wonder if it's a east-german thing now. I may have to go and google :-D

Anonymous said...

According to my German mother-in-law, who lives and bakes in Germany, oblaten were used to make the cake. Tortenboden is a sponge-like cake that is usually topped with fresh and glazed. Hope this helps those readers who want to try the delicious recipe.

Amy said...

Hey! Tortenboden! We recieved a Torte for Christmas from a friend. It looks like it's the samet hing. We had no idea what it was, but it ended up being really good. We just ate it straight. This is the first time I've ever heard of it anywhere else. Ours came from a Lithuanian bakery. Perhaps that's why ours is spelled just "Torte" instead of "Tortenboden".

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