Sachertorte, Vienna and Salzburg a Torte-Cake-Chocolate Gourmet Recipe, One of the Best Gifts for Your Palate

A Sacher cake can make you ecstatic? I don’t know you, but this is my reaction every time I taste a variation of this sublime original torte (cake) of Wien (Vienna) Austria! The same reaction I’ve with sweets treats like a stunning Tiramisu cake or a dulce de leche recipe, both make me joyful as well ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve passion with culinary history and how a sweet-step can guide toward a famous hotel and a glorious culinary artistry of sweetness.

Sachertorte a Pastry Art

A Cafe with your Sacher?โ€ฆMeantime we see a Sweet Culinary History

Back to 1832 a 16 years old – pastry chef apprentice Franz Sacher, when the powerful Klemens Wenzel von Metternich Austrian chancellor asked to his kitchen a special dessert for important guests…with 2 requirements: the dessert should be done those night and said, don’t make me look like a dumb!

The problem was that the chief in charge at the kitchen was sick, hence the young pastry cook apprentice took the challenge. Take in mind that werenโ€™t conservatives or refrigerators for the desserts – can you imagine the pressure at that moment?
The daily banquets at that time, required to make the cakes with enough time and must look & taste “fresh”, even passed some days!

The result was a gorgeous gourmet chocolate cake with dense chocolate layers more a fine spread apricot jam between them; all recovered with an extra dark chocolate icing at sides and topโ€ฆa Sacher Torte! Till today the original Sachertorte recipe is a well-kept baking-pastry secret!

The success continues and more than a half century later, Eduard Sacher son of the author of the masterpiece Sachertorte, in 1876 founded the Hotel Sacher overall targeted for selected aristocratic people.

The classical Sacher Torte is served with whipped cream, unsweetened (to not compete in sweetness with the cake) and a โ€œWiener Melangeโ€ in other words, a relative of the Italian cappuccino (coffee with milk). Can I say such a luscious sweet delicacy?

Sacher_Torte_Wien a Secret of a Pastry Chef

Sacher Torte Nowadays

The legendary five-star Hotel Sacher in Wein and Salzburg hosted big personalities in politics, arts and commerce. Celebrities like Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Indira Gandhi, Johm F. Kennedy, Ernest Hemingway, etc are some of the famous that stayed in this hotel. The Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono chose it for a documentary too.
Surely, that many of them enjoyed a pastry art like the Sachertorte!

Nowadays in the modern pastry, the Sacher Hotel continues with an exclusive style to the high society but remaining the original Sacher torte. In different shapes, boxes, you can order by mail and internet or shop it directly in the hotel, if you’re visiting it.
This chocolate cake Sacher are sold 360.000 units per year and the recession it seems can’t beat the sweet tooth of the clients.

Not everybody can order in that way, therefore similar Sachertorte recipes or perhaps sweetly improved ๐Ÿ˜‰ are available to delight in all the world. Maybe not the original Sachertorte but hyper super ones where you might see your face in the coated exquisite chocolate glaze…there’re so many sweet temptations out there.

Sachertorte – Sacher Torte – Recipes

Is this Sacher cake one of your favorite? Or you’ve other ones!

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Photos Credit by Mauricio Pellegrinetti and by Anna Majkowska

24 Responses to Sachertorte, Vienna and Salzburg a Torte-Cake-Chocolate Gourmet Recipe, One of the Best Gifts for Your Palate

  1. Great article Gera! Yum I love Sacher torte but only a small slice as it’s so rich! But it has to be served with freshly whipped cream ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. It is such a decadent, rich looking dessert! Still a secret? I’m surprised some chef hasn’t sold it by now! I liked hearing about the history, thanks for sharing, Gera.

  3. Thankyou for letting us know all about it Gera! I love to know the background of food, it’s often got a much more interesting history than one might have imagined!

  4. @Elra
    Me too Elra this chocolate cake is for OMG lol!!

    @The Duo Dishes
    After finishing this post craving it permanently ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Jessie
    At least in photos. For chocolate lovers is irresistible!

    @Christie @ Fig & Cherry
    Christie only a small slice?? We can lower the whipped cream portion ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Sara
    I tasted similar recipes but I didn't make it either. I've put some recipes to begin!

    @Reeniโ™ฅ
    Totally a sinful cake!! and the original recipe is a secrete like the coca cola, everywhere but nobody knows exactly the original he he ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Olga
    A terrific cake to enjoy Olga! Thanks, this week were completely insane-unhealthy for me!

    @5 Star Foodie
    Natasha if you like chocolate you'll delight with it, like the sweet history behind it ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella
    Thanks Lorraine! Food history is very interesting; to know the roots of what we're eating nowadays.

    @Rosa's Yummy Yums
    Did you try an original one? If it's so, must be gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. @Zerrin
    A dreamy history of a heavenly cake ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Jennifer
    Glad you like it ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll putting your contest in my blog soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Burp and Slurp~!
    I know you’re more savory than sweet but worth to try a tiny slice. You made a history of your life and I want that you achieve all your goals, positively ๐Ÿ™‚

    @VeggieGirl
    You said it: Fabulous!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Thank you for the historical background! I don’t think I’ve ever had sachertorte (perhaps something similar) so I can only imagine how delicious it is from pictures such as the ones here. Gastroanthropology also recently posted about her visit to Vienna and having the ‘original’. More thanks for providing links to recipes at other sites!

  7. I’ve never had the perfect Sachertorte Gera…I love the indulgent plate you’ve posted. Yes with cream would be just the thing I’d like right now.

  8. Did you see the recent article in Saveur magazine all about Viennese pastries? Oh my! Just looking at the photos of the Sachertorte and other goodies made me gain 10 pounds, I’m sure! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Gera-I’d never heard of this Salzburg Torte-Cake before. Where have I been? A wonderful/beautiful dessert.
    Thanks for the history behind this dessert too.
    Looking at the photos NOW I’M READY for CHOCOLATE!!
    Great job on this post Gera.
    J.A.ROSE-BARTLETT

  10. @Tangled Noodle
    My case too! I need to visit Gastroanthropology to view and drool with an ‘original’ ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Passionate About Baking
    No doubt that you can make one totally delicious also ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Soma
    The problem is having only 1 single slice!

    @Carolyn Jung
    No I didnโ€™t, I saw a similar cake at a restaurant recently and I remembered the glorious history. Anyway I need to check the Saveur magazine ๐Ÿ™‚

    @J.A. ROSE
    I doesnโ€™t matter Janet, I’ve the honor to present it here ๐Ÿ™‚ A decadent and sinful cake!

    @Selba
    Happy you like it ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Deelish
    I need also the same, more real cake bites than virtual ones ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. The things I would do for a slice of the real deal. Thanks for linking to my attempt at sacher ๐Ÿ™‚

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