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Pava Lugonja's Bomba Torta

This was the Lugonja Birthday Cake. It is a traditional cake in the former Yugoslavia and Balkan area in Europe. There are many different varieties of this cake, and this is hers.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Balkan
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 8 minutes
Servings 10 pieces
Author Valerie Lugonja via Pava Lugonja


Ingredients for the Shell:

  • 5 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

Ingredients for the Filling:

  • 5 egg yolks
  • 350 grams icing sugar
  • 250 grams butter
  • 100 grams semi-sweet chocolate , melted

Ingredients for the Frosting:

  • 2 cups whipping cream , whipped

Ingredients for Garnish:

  • candy or decorations of any kind


Instructions for the Shell:

  1. Beat sugar and eggs together; fold in dry ingredients
  2. Spread on parchment covered cookie sheet; bake at 180C for 7-8 minutes, or until top springs back
  3. While still warm, mould it into round bowl; cut pieces to fit, as necessary
  4. Leftover bits will be used to cover bottom of torta; do not cut over end pieces as they will fold over the filling

Instructions for the Filling:

  1. Cream yolks, sugar and butter together well; add chocolate (nuts, raisins, jelly candy, etc.)
  2. Mix until combined well

Putting it together:

  1. Fill shell with filling; fold shell edges over the filling and cover bottom with leftover pieces
  2. Cover with a plate and add a weight; refrigerate overnight, at least
  3. Invert and decorate

Instructions for the Frosting:

  1. Beat whipping cream until thick and spreadable; cover the cake completely
  2. Decorate with candies etc.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve