Herrentorte means Gentleman’s Cake. And a Savoury Herrentorte is a savoury cake for gentlemen. Or anyone really. I ate this one.
I found it so hard to choose a dish from Germany. One of my favourite cakes is Black Forest Gateau. I’d live on it – if it was possible to live on cake healthily. Oh, what a sweet world that would be…
Naturally the first thing I checked out was other German cakes. They look really really good. I was particularly taken with the Danauwelle cake. The cake is a layer of plain pound or sponge cake, marbled with a layer of chocolate sponge or chocolate pound cake, some cherries, a layer of a type of baked very rich vanilla buttercream which is topped with chocolate and/or a cherry or raspberry ganache or glaze.
I found a vegan recipe for it which looks amazing. But I find vegan recipes often don’t work when you try and make them gluten-free.
Even with the regular version, the vanilla buttercream sounded sort of complicated. I guessed I’d have to make it a few times. And I’m the kind of eejit who will still eat attempts that aren’t quite right anyway. And just thinking about eating that much buttercream made me decide to choose something I knew I’d get right first time.
I really do want to make the Danauwelle cake at some stage though because it just looks so good.
Why I opted for the Savoury Gentleman’s Cake
So I decided to opt for something I knew would work. I looked again at all the different sorts of German cakes I could make. And it was actually while searching through images for a different cake that I came across Herrentorte.
Herrentorte means gentleman’s cake. It’s usually a multi-layered cake covered in some sort of ganache. Again, they look amazing. So I was thinking of making a layered chocolate sponge cake, with salted caramel buttercream filling and covered with a chocolate ganache. And I could just use the usual chocolate flourless sponge from the Black Forest Gateau and the caramel chocolate cake bars.
And also I thought it would be the simplest thing to make. But after making this I’d say baking a cake is usually simpler.
How I made this
I just sort of took things I had and started knocking this together. It was only as I started making it I realised I should have thought up some sort of the recipe first.
I made this just for one person. But the recipe is for four people. I’m advising making it in individual portions. Because gluten-free loaves are generally not as big as wheaten loaves so it’s just easier to make individual portions.
I did think about making a layered no-bake savoury cheese cake using McCambridge’s gluten-free soda bread – turned into crumbs and bound together with a little bit of butter. But the only suitable tin I have for this is for a six portion cake. And at the moment it would all be eaten by just me. And I might have to make it a few times. So …
Yes, another cake I want to make at some stage. I’ve definitely got a lot of inspiration for recipes from this post.
So how did it turn out?
I liked it. But it looked a bit daft. I had 4 filling layers when I made it and I’m going to take out one of those layers in the recipe. Because it actually looked a little like a Leaning Tower of Sandwich. And this is for Germany not Italy.
It’s an avocado layer I’m taking out. The covering has a good bit of avocado in it so I think it’s more balanced without the second avocado rich filling. My favourite part of this is the cream-cheese and smoked salmon filling. So I wanted to make that more dominant.
I did enjoy this savoury herrentorte though. In fact I’m pretty sure I’m going to make it again. And it’s kind of heart-healthy with all the avocado. OK calling it heart-healthy may be a stretch – but it’s balanced.
Have I been to Germany?
No. I haven’t. And I was intending to go this year. So yeah, it’s disappointing that didn’t happen.
So here is a list of some places to visit:
- 25 Best Things to Do in Germany
- I thought this area looked especially lovely – the Moselle Valley
- 10 odd tourist attractions in Germany you shouldn’t miss
- The Best Cultural Activities in Germany
- 20 Must-Visit Attractions in the Black Forest
I’ve no idea what Germany is like for coeliacs or the gluten-intolerant – because I haven’t been there … *sigh*. But I found this guide from Coeliac UK which may be helpful.
I know this is a recipe post but I just wanted to say – congratulations America on your recent election!!! I’m delighted Biden and Harris won. I know it’s annoying for Americans, but who is in charge of your country matters a lot to many countries throughout the world. However you voted sending you the very best wishes – and positive vibes. Stand united and be the strongest you can be.