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Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)

Sacher Torte: Vienna’s Famous Sweet Treat


Historical Cafe Sacher
Vienna is well known for a few different foods, but Sacher Torte takes the cake (literally). The “Original Sacher Torte” (or Sachertorte, as it is spelled locally) is still served at the five star Hotel Sacher and the adjacent Cafe Sacher. Stepping through the front doors of this opulent café feels like stepping back in time; the period decor is beautiful and the white tie service was really fun to experience–although I felt very under dressed in jeans and a long sleeved shirt!

Christmas trees outside Cafe SacherCafe SacherBeautiful interior--Cafe Sacher

This dense chocolate cake is one of the most unique I have ever tried. The not-too-sweet layers of chocolate cake surround a light layer of apricot jam. The top is covered in a dark chocolate ganache and an unsweetened whipped cream (my favorite part) on the side is a must. Each decadent slice comes with a dark chocolate medallion proclaiming its status as “Original.” Apparently there’s been an ongoing argument for over a century over what version is authentic.

Vienna's famous original Sacher torteSacher torte and a latte

Original or not, all I know is that it was really unique and delicious! My mom and I paired our slices with lattes and then Turkish coffee, Vince washed his down with Fanta. Blech!  Both of the coffees went really well with the chocolate treat. Our visit to the café was the perfect way to spend an afternoon in the city.

My mouth is watering just looking at the photos!

When can I get back to Vienna again?!


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8 thoughts on “Sacher Torte: Vienna’s Famous Sweet Treat

  1. Pingback: Two Thumbs Up for Vienna’s U-Bahn (Metro) « Girl Meets Bulgaria

  2. Perfect combination! I love turkish coffee and the sacher torte.. guess next time I will try them together!

  3. Wow that looks incredible! I definitely had something like that in Vienna but I couldn’t claim it’s “original” status.

    • It was! I am sure they all taste the same. It seems like it would be a fairly basic recipe (there are some knock-offs online). Maybe I will try making it someday…or just go back to Vienna for a slice!

  4. Everything goes down better with a Turkish kaffe!

  5. Ooh, it looks delicious! 🙂

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