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

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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

416.7 calories; 5.1 g protein; 54.8 g carbohydrates; 110.5 mg cholesterol; 118.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2003
My husband has been begging me to make this torte since he went to Vienna and had the real thing. It came out nicely though not exactly the same. A nice cake for company nontheless. The coffee is a nice addition into the frosting - not too strong as I was afraid it would be. Read More
(22)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/01/2009
My grandparents live in Vienna and i've spent summers there my entire life. This is not the sachertorte i have enjoyed at the Hotel Sacher on countless occasions. This recipe is too moist not like the famed- whichever you take that to be. This cake tasted somewhat like a box mix- the flavors were not as deep to me probably a result of the quality of chocolate in the States versus Wien. If you use the whipped cream as is tradition do not sweeten it it overpowers the chocolate. The cake is not meant to taste like a Hershey bar as many Americans like. The difference is desserts are on a completely different level in Austria. Pastry and sweets are time-honored proud traditions- usually unchanged for centuries. On the up side i imagine this would be a nice deviation from a simple cake possibly for a birthday. I suppose i will simply have my Omi ship them to me in the States. Read More
(28)
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2003
My husband has been begging me to make this torte since he went to Vienna and had the real thing. It came out nicely though not exactly the same. A nice cake for company nontheless. The coffee is a nice addition into the frosting - not too strong as I was afraid it would be. Read More
(22)
Rating: 3 stars
07/01/2009
My grandparents live in Vienna and i've spent summers there my entire life. This is not the sachertorte i have enjoyed at the Hotel Sacher on countless occasions. This recipe is too moist not like the famed- whichever you take that to be. This cake tasted somewhat like a box mix- the flavors were not as deep to me probably a result of the quality of chocolate in the States versus Wien. If you use the whipped cream as is tradition do not sweeten it it overpowers the chocolate. The cake is not meant to taste like a Hershey bar as many Americans like. The difference is desserts are on a completely different level in Austria. Pastry and sweets are time-honored proud traditions- usually unchanged for centuries. On the up side i imagine this would be a nice deviation from a simple cake possibly for a birthday. I suppose i will simply have my Omi ship them to me in the States. Read More
(28)
Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2003
My husband has been begging me to make this torte since he went to Vienna and had the real thing. It came out nicely though not exactly the same. A nice cake for company nontheless. The coffee is a nice addition into the frosting - not too strong as I was afraid it would be. Read More
(22)
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2009
this sachertorte was excellent. In Vienna I went to the Sacher hotel to try Sachertorte. It was dry and uninteresting. My sister later went to Vienna and tried 3 tortes also dry. This tasted like I expected one to taste. It was very moist even a week later a small piece refrigerated was still moist. The frosting is delicious thanyou. Read More
(21)
Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2004
I liked this recipe the torte was moist and tasty. However I found the icing too sweet. I had a hard time cutting the cake in half but that might be my technique - someone told me that a thread works best to cut it in half but that did not work for me. The cake cooked in 30 minutes for me but my oven is weird (even with an oven thermometer) so I won't blame the recipe. It also shrank from the sides of the pan and I was worried that it might be too dry - it wasn't. I used saskatoon/raspberry jam instead of apricot because I didn't think I would like apricot. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2004
The frosting is what makes this cake. You can substitute a bit of coffee liqueuer 1 to 2 tablespoons (whatever it takes to making spreading consistency) for the coffee. Cake is nice with a dollop of whipped cream on it. Bites without frosting or whipped cream are just average. I usually go for deeper chocolate flavor. Don't freak out at the crackled crust on top when you pull it out of oven... icing covers it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2003
Very good. I had made a similar recipe before but it wasn't as good. (I didn't include the coffee.) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2011
I'll have to confess that with this cake I start with a dark chocolate cake mix made in 2 round cake pans. I follow the chocolate icing and filling mix to the tee. After taking the cake out of the 2 round cake pans I slice off the top to even it out. Fill and make the frosting to pour over it. I've done it this way for years - ALL who eat this RAVE about it. It's the filling and the frosting that "make" this cake. It's to die for. My family calls it "THE" cake and make requests for it. I've made it for many a family and social gathering...it's always a hit. Sorry I cheat but time is short and this tastes like or better than a completey homemade cake...much easier and it NEVER fails! Very moist and absolutely to die for!! Chocolate lovers you won't be disappointed!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/11/2011
This torte was excellent. I cooked the icing for about 10 minutes over the double boiler and the texture was perfect. I pureed low-sugar apricot preserves in the blender which also worked well. The only difference I could tell from the real Austrian torte was the color of the cake. This was much lighter in color than the one we had in Salzburg. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/10/2011
I don't think this can technically be called a Sachertorte. Although it's original recipe is kept under as much lock and key as the Coca Cola formula there are certain key ingredients. An apricot glaze and unsweetened cream are the two ingredients that differentiate this from just a typical chocolate cake. I enjoyed the fact that this recipe was easy to make but at the end it was not impressive nor was it what I expected. Read More
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