[Photograph: Squire Fox]

A messier version of the Hungarian seven-layer Dobos Torte, this cake combines the classic flavors of chocolate and caramel, suspending them between moist layers of yellow cake. Old School Comfort Food gives the recipe.

Tips: Chef Alex says not to be "afraid of the caramel; just cook the sugar over low heat until dark amber and pour it right over the cake." She's right on target: the hot caramel reacts with the chocolate frosting exactly the way you expect it to; a little messy, a little crackly, and a lot inviting.

Tweaks: This makes an excellent birthday cake. Decorate with multicolor nonpareils to add to the caramel crackle.

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