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Hungarian Gerbeaud Cake (Zserbó szelet)

Gerbeaud cake is probably the best known Hungarian dessert. I am sure if you hear the name of Hungarian Gerbeaud, you associate with the Café Gerbeaud in heart of Budapest. But to me, this word “Gerbeaud” means this wonderful and delicious homemade layered cake with walnut and apricot jam filling, covered with chocolate. Christmas and Easter is just unimaginable without this excellent cake, I always make it with my Mom. This dessert was invented by a Swiss born French confectioner (Emil Gerbeaud) who lived and worked in Hungary.

Hungarian Gerbeaud Cake, Zserbo

Hungarian Gerbeaud Cake - Zserbó szelet

Gerbeaud Cake (Zserbó) is a delicious layered yeast cake with an apricot walnut filling, covered in thin chocolate glaze. Traditionally it is a holiday dessert, made at Christmas or Easter time. Gerbeaud cake is probably the best known Hungarian dessert, I grew up eating it all the time. 
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine Hungarian
Servings 8 people


  • Saucepan
  • Baking tin
  • Rolling Pin
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Big bowl


For the dough

  • 17.6 ounces all purpose flour 500 grams
  • 8.8 ounces butter 250 grams
  • 0.9 ounces fresh yeast 25 grams
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 yolks
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 0.4 cup whole milk 100 ml
  • 1/2 lemon zest