The name is Somlói galuska which means something like Dumplings Somló-style, but I doubt it has anything to with the Somló Hill area. And it’s only called dumplings because of the form, but it’s actually basic sponge-cake with a twist.
So, you’ll need a big batch of basic sponge cake batter that you divide into three equal portions. Leave one as it is, add cocoa to the next, and ground walnut to the third. Bake them one by one on a greased baking tray and let them cool a bit.
Make a syrup from water, rum, vanilla extract, lemon peel and sugar.
You’ll also need vanilla custard made from egg yolks, milk, vanilla extract, and a little flour.
Place one sponge-cake on a tray, sprinkle with syrup and spread third of the custard on it.
Place the next sponge cake on top and repeat the process with the remaining two layers. Some recipes call for raisins between the layers and apricot jam and cocoa powder on the top.
Set the cake aside and prepare the chocolate syrup/topping : melt dark chocolate, add rum, sugar and vanilla to taste and a little water or milk. Heat until smooth then cool.
How to serve?
Cut pieces from the layered cake with a spoon (thus the dumplings), drip some chocolate syrup on them and top with whipped cream. I swear, it’s heavenly!