Sachertorte, Vienna, Austria

Sachertorte, Vienna, Austria

Sachertorte  is a specific type of chocolate cake, or torte, invented by Austrian Franz Sacher in 1832 for Prince Wenzel von Metternich in Vienna, Austria. It is one of the most famous Viennese culinary specialties. A chocolate sponge cake, thinly coated by hand with apricot jam and then covered with dark chocolate icing, Sachertorte is named for its 1832 inventor, Franz Sacher gaining fame and fortune for himself. In 1876 his son Eduard opened Vienna’s Hotel Sacher.

The “Original” Sacher Torte has two layers of apricot jam between the outer layer of chocolate icing and the sponge base, while Demel’s “Eduard-Sacher-Torte” has only one. Additionally, the Sacher Torte has a more coarse grain of sponge whereas the Demel Torte sponge is denser and smoother. If you visit Vienna look for this cake and top your Sachertorte with unsweetened whipped cream and drink it with coffee or champagne.

Source: National geographic

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