One of Vienna’s most famous culinary specialties is sachertorte. This dense chocolate cake was invented by Franz Sacher, a 16-year-old chef’s apprentice, in 1832 for Prince Wenzel von Metternich. After Franz became a full-blown chef, he sold the cake to the general public to rave reviews. In 1876, Franz’s son Eduard opened the Sacher Hotel in Vienna. To this day, the hotel’s original recipe is a well-kept secret.
According to the hotel’s website: “The basis of the entire confection is a chocolate cake, thinly coated by hand with best-quality apricot jam. The chocolate icing on top of it is the crowning glory. It tastes best with a portion of unsweetened whipped cream.” (Learn more about how the cake is made in the above video.)
During our “New Year’s in Vienna” program, we will stay at the Hotel Sacher. During your free time, you might want to treat yourself to a slice of the legendary torte at the hotel’s Café Sacher Vienna. The group will also visit the renowned Demel Café for a light lunch including mélange coffee and traditional Viennese pastries.