One of the world's most famous cakes, the Sacher-Torte, is the consequence of several lucky twists of fate. The first was in 1832, when the Austrian State Chancellor, Prince Klemens Wenzel von Metternich, tasked his kitchen staff with concocting an extraordinary dessert to impress his special guests.
Klemens Wenzel von Metternich
As fortune had it, the chef had fallen ill that evening, leaving the apprentice chef, the then 16-year-old Franz Sacher, to perform this culinary magic trick. Metternich's parting words to the talented teenager: "I hope you won't disgrace me tonight." The sweet and sumptuous dessert was created from dense chocolate sponge cake layers, apricot jam and a dark chocolate glazing and was served with unsweetened whipped cream.
The extraordinary cake soon gained a cult following, and was deemed "presentable at court". From then on, it was a favorite at the imperial court and soon went on to win the hearts (and palates) of the world.
Since its invention, the Sacher cake successfully spread throughout Austria, then to the rest of the world. The original recipe is protected by a trademark but that hasn't stopped other bakers from attempting to create their own Sachertorte. Indulge in our unique interpretation of this Viennese invention…The Sacher Dome.