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Austrian Sachertorte

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The Sachertorte is an elegant chocolate cake filled with apricot jam, covered with a smooth, fudge-like chocolate glaze and decorated with chocolate piping. Each slice is served with a generous portion of schlag (unsweetened whipped cream) to balance sweetness with texture.
Austrian Sachertorte Recipe | SideChef
The Sachertorte is an elegant chocolate cake filled with apricot jam, covered with a smooth, fudge-like chocolate glaze and decorated with chocolate piping. Each slice is served with a generous portion of schlag (unsweetened whipped cream) to balance sweetness with texture.
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Total Time
1hr 30min
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Ingredients

US / METRIC
Servings:
12
Serves 12
6
Eggs , room temperature, separated

Cake

3/4 cup
Chopped  Bittersweet Chocolate
1/2 cup
Unsalted Butter , room temperature
1 cup
Powdered Confectioners Sugar
1 cup
Cold  Heavy Cream

Apricot Glaze

1 1/4 cups
Apricot Jam
or Apricot Preserves
2 Tbsp
Water

Chocolate Glaze

1/2 cup
Water
1 cup
Bittersweet Chocolate , chopped

Writing Chocolate

1/4 cup
Chopped  Bittersweet Chocolate
1/2 tsp
Vegetable Oil
up to 1 tsp
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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
554
FAT
29.0 g
PROTEIN
5.5 g
CARBS
69.9 g

Author's Notes

Yields 12-16 servings.

The cake can be stored for up to 2 days in an airtight container at room temperature.

For your egg whites to whip properly, you need to make sure that they and every bowl, spoon, or whisk that touches them are 100% free of any fat (ie, egg yolks) or grease. I like to wipe down my bowl and whisk with a vinegar-moistened paper towel to make sure they are totally grease-free. Be very careful when separating your whites and yolks: even a speck of yolk in the whites can prevent them from whipping up properly.

Use high-quality bittersweet chocolate in this recipe – the ingredients are fairly simple, so quality makes a big difference!

Definitely use a cardboard cake round to assemble the cake on – it will make it much, much easier to move the cake after glazing it.

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) with a rack in the center of the oven. Butter and flour the sides of a 9-inch springform pan, then line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.
Step 2
Place the Bittersweet Chocolate (3/4 cup) in a heat-proof bowl and heat over a small saucepan of barely simmering water or in the microwave until just melted. Set aside and cool completely while stirring often.
Step 3
Place Unsalted Butter (1/2 cup) in a large mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until very light and creamy. Add the Powdered Confectioners Sugar (1 cup) on low speed then increase to medium speed and beat again until light and creamy.
Step 4
Beat in the Eggs (6) , one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
Step 5
Add the cooled chocolate and Vanilla Extract (1 tsp) and beat until well-mixed and very light and creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
Step 6
In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites with about 1 Tbsp of the Granulated Sugar (1/2 cup) on high speed until foamy. Gradually add in the rest of the sugar and continue beating the whites until they form soft, shiny peaks – they should hold their shape but flop over on themselves.
Step 7
Vigorously stir about 1/3 of the whipped egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it, then gently fold the remaining egg whites into the chocolate mixture with a spatula until just a few wisps of egg white remain. Do this carefully so as not to deflate the egg whites.
Step 8
Stir together the All-Purpose Flour (1 cup) and Fine Sea Salt (1 pinch) and sift half of it over the chocolate mixture. Fold in with a spatula until almost incorporated. Sift the remaining flour and fold to combine completely.
Step 9
In a prepared springform pan, spread the batter evenly and bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Meanwhile, make the apricot glazing.
Step 10
To make the apricot glaze, boil the Apricot Jam (1 1/4 cups) and Water (2 Tbsp) in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir until the mixture thickens about 2-3 minutes. Strain through a wire mesh sieve and keep warm until ready to use.
Step 11
Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edge to loosen it from the pan and remove the sides. Carefully invert the cake onto a rack and remove the bottom of the pan and parchment paper, then turn the cake right-side-up onto a rack and allow it to cool completely.
Step 12
Turn the cake upside-down so that the flat side is on top. Cut the cake horizontally into two even layers.
Step 13
Place one cake layer on the 8 1/2-inch cardboard cake round and spread it generously with about half of the apricot glaze. Allow it to soak in.
Step 14
Place the second cake layer on top and spread the top and sides with the remaining apricot glaze. Work quickly before the glaze has a chance to set and use a metal offset spatula to smooth the top. Allow the apricot glaze to set once it's smooth.
Step 15
To make the chocolate glaze, place the Granulated Sugar (1 cup) and Water (1/2 cup) in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Step 16
Attach a candy thermometer and cook, stirring, until the mixture reaches 234 degrees F or 112 degrees C, about 5 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the Bittersweet Chocolate (1 cup) . If it thickens, return it to low heat and add few drops of water if necessary.
Step 17
This glaze should be smooth and shiny. Turn off heat and stir the glaze for 30-60 seconds to cool it slightly, then immediately use it to glaze the cake.
Step 18
Pour the chocolate glaze over the top of the cake, first around the edges, then in the middle. Spread the excess glaze over any bare spots using a metal offset spatula. Before the glaze has a chance to set, move the cake to a serving platter.
Step 19
To make the writing chocolate, heat Bittersweet Chocolate (1/4 cup) until just melted and stir in Vegetable Oil (1/2 tsp) to get a pipeable consistency. Let the mixture cool down a little if it's too runny. Place the mixture into a disposable piping bag.
Step 20
With the writing chocolate, pipe the word "Sacher" in the middle of the cake and add any decorative flourishes you wish. Chill the cake until the glaze is completely set, at least 1 hour.
Step 21
To serve, let the cake come to room temperature for about one hour before serving. Whip the Heavy Cream (1 cup) to soft peaks.
Step 22
Cut the Sachertorte into wedges with a large sharp knife dipped in hot water and wipe off the blade between cuts. Serve each slice with a dollop of whipped cream.
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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
554
% Daily Value*
Fat
29.0 g
37%
Saturated Fat
18.0 g
90%
Trans Fat
0.0 g
--
Cholesterol
139.9 mg
47%
Carbohydrates
69.9 g
25%
Fiber
2.2 g
8%
Sugars
51.5 g
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Protein
5.5 g
11%
Sodium
48.9 mg
2%
Vitamin D
0.5 µg
2%
Calcium
49.6 mg
4%
Iron
1.0 mg
6%
Potassium
90.6 mg
2%
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