I promised I’d put the recipe for a wonderful chocolate cake online, but I’ll give you slightly more than that– a little history into the origins of the world famous Sachertorte.
C’mon then, grab yourself a coffee or tea, put your feet up and make yourself comfortable, and let’s begin!
I guess Franz Sacher must have performed well enough to have pleased the palates of his master and important guests for he obviously survived his ordeal, but his creation -the Sachertorte- did not really make international acclaim until many years later, and then only after some legal issues over the name had been sorted out.
The cake is made up of two layers of chocolate sponge cake in between which rests a thin layer of apricot preserve. The entire cake is covered with rich dark chocolate icing on the top and sides. Because it is considered to be rather dry to be eaten like that, it is served with unsweetened whipped cream.
Hotel Sacher’s Original Sachertorte and Demel’s production differ mostly in the way they treat the different layers of preserve, each house jealously protecting their treasured formula.
It might just be an unforgettable experience, who knows!
There are many different versions of the “unofficial” Sachertorte, for this exercise though, let me share the recipe I received from a friend of mine, who is a great chef when it comes down to baking and producing sweet temptations… an area in which I display a distinct lack of the necessary skills!
Click here and you will be taken to my virtual kitchen library where I’ve displayed my friend's recipe, and who knows, with a little patience and a lot of determination you too could become an expert Sachertorte baker!
For those who'd rather give the self-baked experience a miss, there's always the possibility of ordering the cake directly online from either the Sacher Hotel or the Demel bakery in Vienna.
Hope you enjoyed all that!
Chocolate covered Smiles,