This German cake recipe makes an icing with apricot preserves to deliver an elegant chocolate cake.

1 to 9 - inch springform


  • 5 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • 5 eggs

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened

  • 4 (1 ounce) squares chopped semisweet chocolate

  • 6 tablespoons strong brewed coffee

  • 1 ½ cups confectioners' sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ cup apricot preserves


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Have all ingredients at room temperature.

  2. Melt the 5 ounces of the chocolate in a double boiler over hot water. Remove from heat and let cool.

  3. Separate the eggs. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat the egg yolks in gradually until light in color. Add the melted, cooled chocolate and beat it in. Gradually add the sifted flour to the batter.

  4. Beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry and fold them into the mixture. Pour batter into one ungreased 9 inch springform pan.

  5. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 50 to 60 minutes. Allow cake to cool completely before removing from pan and icing. Once cool remove from pan and slice cake horizontally. Set top half aside and spread filling of pureed jam between the layers. Cover top and sides with warm Sachertorte icing.

  6. To Make Sachertorte Icing: Melt 1 tablespoon butter and 4 ounces chocolate in a double boiler over hot water. Add the coffee and beat well. Sift and add the confectioners sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Spread the warm icing on the top and sides of the torte

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

417 Calories
21g Fat
55g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 417
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 118mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 46g
Protein 5g
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 45mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.