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Cocoa and rum flavor the soft butter frosting that crowns this airy three-layer cake from Elizabeth Varga of Barberton, Ohio. The recipe came from her Hungarian grandmother.
Elizabeth keeps the pot bubbling at Lorantffy Care Center, a nonprofit nursing home in Copley, Ohio (near Akron). The home began 33 years ago to provide an old-country connection--including meals--to elderly parishioners of the Hungarian Christ Reformed Church next door.
Elizabeth and the rest of the kitchen crew make three meals, many from Varga family recipes, each day for 120 residents. They often go off-menu to fulfill a request for Hungarian beef stew or seven-layer dobos torte. "If they want something special and we have the time, we'll do it," Elizabeth says.