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What is "Sachertorte"?
A ‘Sachertorte’ is a chocolate sponge cake, which is filled and or coated with apricot jam, and then covered with a plain chocolate glaze. It is served with ‘Schlagobers'(whipped cream) on the side. I once spent 8 months in Vienna, and very few days went by where I did not have Sachertorte and coffee at a coffee shop, and I have to say, I have yet to come across a proper example of this cake outside of Austria.
The ‘Sachertorte’ is the most famous of all Viennese cakes, in a country (Austria) where cakes are taken very seriously indeed. It was the subject of a celebrated court case between the Hotel Sacher, and Demel, a well-known Viennese Coffee House. The dispute was over who had the right to affix the ‘Genuine Sachertorte’ seal on his cake. Hotel Sacher won, which may have put an end to the legal issue, but did not by any means end the debate. Both Hotel Sacher and Demel’s ship Sachertorte all around the world in delightful wooden boxes. See Sacher.com
‘Schlagobers’ is the name of a ballet with a score and libretto by Richard Strauss – a group of children in a Viennese Cake shop find the confections coming to life. I for one, would love to see it being performed. A Sachertorte come to life would leave me with an epic dilemma – do I devour it, or let it live?