Prinzregententorte is a Bavarian cake, which consists of at least six thin layers of sponge cake interlaid with chocolate buttercream; the exterior is commonly covered in a dark chocolate glaze, there variations with white chocolate covering. Prinzregententorte is very popular in Bavaria and is available in cake shops all year round.
The cake is named after Prince Regent Luitpold, who was Prince Regent of Bavaria beginning in 1886. Its exact origin remains in dispute; among those claimed is that its creators are the Prince Regent's cook, Johann Rottenhoeffer, the baker Anton Seidl, and the baking firm of Heinrich Georg.
Typically, the cake consists of very thin layers of sponge cake, each approximately 25 cm in diameter, with chocolate buttercream on each side. Apricot marmalade may be added to the topmost layer, and the whole is covered in dark chocolate; different decorations are typically used to garnish the cake and give it a more festive presentation at table.
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