Somlói Galuska (Hungarian Sponge Cake) has rum-soaked layers of custard, apricot jam, walnuts, raisins and chocolate sauce. Iconic hit! Somló cake could be called the Hungarian Tiramisu. Except richer and more heavenly complex flavors. A bit of work, but easy to make ahead: rum-soaked layers of soft sponge cake, custard cream, apricot jam, ground walnut, raisins topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. The iconic Hungarian dessert was first presented and admired at the World's Fair in 1958 in Brussels.
Somlói Galuska (Hungarian Sponge Cake)
Recipe developed by Diet Desires.
- 2/3 cup raisin, 3.5 oz
- 100 ml hot water
- ½ tsp rum extract
- 4 eggs, separated
- 4 TBSP water
- ¼ tsp lemon juice
- ¾ cup flour, 3.35 oz
- 3 TBSP sugar
- 0.6 oz ground walnut
- 1 TBSP cocoa powder, high quality
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 0.88 oz cornstarch, about 3 TBSP
- 2 cups milk, divided
- 4 egg yolks
- 1.25 oz Truvia Cane Sugar Brand
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ cup water
- ½ tsp rum extract
- 1 TBSP rum
- 3/4 cup water
- ½ cup Truvia
- ¼ plus 1/8 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp rum extract
- 1 cup ground walnut, 3.8 oz, divided
- ¼ cup apricot jam
- 1 TBSP cocoa
- In a mug pour the hot water over the raisins. Add rum extract and rum. Mix and set aside.
- Ground the walnut with a Zyiliss grater.
- In a small bowl mix flour, ground walnut, cocoa powder, and baking powder.
- Separate the eggs. In a medium bowl whip egg whites, water and lemon juice with an electric mixer for 3 min, then add sugar in 3 stages, while whipping 2 more minutes. (Total whipping time will be 5 min.) Stop machine.
- Add yolks, whip with machine 20 seconds, medium speed. Stop machine. Gently fold in dry ingredients by hand with a spatula. Don’t overmix, otherwise batter deflates.
- Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake about 10-12 minutes or until the center springs back when lightly pressed. Set aside to cool in pan.
- In a small measuring cup mix together water, rum extract and ½ tsp rum. Set aside to soak.
- In a 1-Qt saucepan boil water, sugar, cocoa powder together. Turn off heat, mix in rum. Let it cool. Keep it in the fridge for serving.
To Assemble Cake:
- Cut the cooled sponge cake into 3 equal rectangles lengthwise. (Imagine you will make a torte.) Place one piece on a rectangular platter.
- Sprinkle this first layer with 1/3rd of the rum sauce, half of the vanilla custard, half of the raisins and 1/3rd of the ground walnut. Repeat this for another layer.
- The third (top) layer will be slightly different: first spread the apricot jam over the sponge cake layer. (Soften the jam in the microwave for a short interval, if needed.) Sprinkle half of the walnut over it, then the cocoa powder. Cover unsliced “cake” with plastic wrap (don’t worry about the top of the cake). Keep the cake in the fridge till serving. (The cake is better if it is prepared 2 days before serving.)
- Before serving, whip the cream, sugar and vanilla with the electric mixer, till it firm. At this point you can pipe or spoon the whipped cream on each served plate.
To Serve Cake
- Cut half-inch thick slices before serving. Each slice will serve 2 people. In a nice Martini glass, bowl or plate cut the half slices into half inch cubes and place them into each serving dish. Sprinkle the pieces with 1 tsp chocolate sauce.
- Top the pieces with whipped cream. Splash chocolate sauce on top.
- Cake can be store in fridge, or frozen.