Food History

Sacher cake, how it was born and where to find the original Austrian dessert

Who, during a weekend in Vienna, hasn’t indulged in a delicious slice of Sachertorte? The rich chocolate dessert, recognized worldwide as a gastronomic symbol of Austria, is among the most copied by pastry shops but, however appreciable the results may be, its recipe is still jealously guarded in Vienna, where it was born. .

But who created this legendary cake composed of two layers of light chocolate paste, with a layer of apricot or cherry jam inside, entirely covered with dark chocolate glaze? And where can you bite into a slice of the original? Let’s find out more about the history of Sacher.

Sacher cake: the story

We owe the invention of the Sachertorte to the young pastry chef Franz Sacher who made it in 1832 in the Austrian capital. Heir to a wealthy family of hoteliers of Jewish origin and a young court baker, it was Chancellor Klemens von Metternich himself who asked him to prepare a cake for a guest, as the official court confectioner was ill. Sacher, then sixteen, was very fond of chocolate, which he decided to use for his recipe: the result was this extraordinary dessert which, legend has it, made Metternich rejoice at the first taste.

Sacher cake today

Since its invention, the Sachertorte spread successfully first in Austria, then in the rest of the world. Since the original is protected by a trademark that no one has ever licensed, it can be said that today it is one of the recipes that boasts the most imitations ever. Hotel Sacher, the only one to produce the 100% authentic one (complete with a brand, strictly in chocolate, applied to the cake), produces over 270,000 pieces a year, which can also be purchased online.

Sacher cake: where to find the original?

In addition to the Hotel Sacher in Vienna, if you do not want to give in to buying on the web but rather also indulge in a bit of that atmosphere of yesteryear that saw it born, know that the original Sachertorte can also be found at the Hotel Sacher in Salzburg, the Cafè Sacher in Innsbruck and Graz; back to Vienna, at the airport duty-free.

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