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Sacher Torte

Sacher Torte

  • Prep

    1 h
  • Cook

    1 h
  • Ready In

    5 h
Amy A

Amy A

This is pretty darn close to the original classic dessert produced by the Sacher Hotel in Vienna, Austria. It is a dense, not-too-sweet, apricot and chocolate concoction. It is a lot of work but WELL worth the effort!

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  • Calories:
  • 470 kcal
  • 23%
  • Fat:
  • 22.6 g
  • 35%
  • Carbs:
  • 62.8g
  • 20%
  • Protein:
  • 6.5 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 136 mg
  • 45%
  • Sodium:
  • 93 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly butter a 9-inch springform pan; place a circle of parchment paper inside, and butter that as well.
  2. Melt 4 ounces of chocolate in a metal bowl placed over gently simmering water. Stir frequently until melted, then remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
  3. Beat the butter together with confectioners' sugar until creamy. Mix in the melted chocolate, then beat in the egg yolks, one at a time. In a clean bowl, beat egg whites with white sugar until stiff and glossy. Fold into chocolate mixture, then fold in cake flour, until incorporated. Pour into prepared springform pan, and smooth the top.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out dry, about 45 minutes. Cool pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then run a small knife around the edge and remove the sides of the pan. Allow cake to cool completely on the base of the pan. When cool, remove from pan, and remove parchment paper; slice cake in half horizontally.
  5. Bring 1/4 cup water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. When the sugar has dissolved and the syrup is clear, remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons rum. Brush 1/3 of the syrup onto the cut side of the cake bottom.
  6. Puree the apricot preserves with 1 tablespoon of water until smooth. Bring to a simmer over medium heat in a small saucepan, and cook until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in remaining rum, then spread 1/3 of the jam mixture onto the cut side of the cake bottom. Place the top of the cake onto the bottom. Brush the outside of the cake with the remaining syrup, then spread remaining apricot preserves over the top and sides; refrigerate until the icing is ready.
  7. To make the icing, melt 9 ounces of chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave until smooth. Bring the cream to a simmer in a small saucepan, then stir into melted chocolate. Cool slightly, stirring often, until the chocolate reaches a spreadable consistency.
  8. Set the cake on a cooling rack set over a cookie sheet or waxed paper to catch any drips. Pour the icing on top of the cake, and spread around the edges; allow excess icing to drip through the rack. Cool cake to room temperature, then carefully remove from the cooling rack using a spatula. Transfer to a dessert plate and store in the refrigerator. Allow cake to come to room temperature before serving.
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Reviews

Katie
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Katie

4/23/2007

This turned out to be a LOT like the Sacher Torte I had at the Sacher Hotel in Vienna. The only thing I would say is that you absolutely MUST use a high-fat chocolate for this, like a coverture. If the chocolate isn't high in butterfat, the whole thing will turn out too dry. If you want to try with semi-sweet chocolate chips, increase the fat content when you're melting the chocolate. This made me miss Vienna!!!

Sonya M.
9

Sonya M.

7/30/2011

This turned out great. I sliced it into three layers instead of two. I used Czech Orion bitter and cooking chocolate, half dark rum and half Grand Marnier. The cake is not too sweet and is balanced with the ganache. Now I need to try the original.

loiskayaker
7

loiskayaker

4/24/2007

I agree! This is a lot like the real thing. I ued semi-sweet chocolate bits which worked well. When making this, please understand it is NOT a sweet cake. With the apricot filling and chocolate that is what makes it Sacher Torte. Would also suggest serving it with whip cream (mit schlag). I too have fond memories of the Hotel Sacher. This is a keeper for me!

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