September 22, 2006 In Europe it is important to appreciate history and Sachertorte is a VERY important part of Austrian history. According to Wikipedia, Sachertorte is a chocolate cake, invented by Franz Sacher in 1832 for Klemens Wenzel von Metternich in Vienna, Austria. It is one of the most famous Viennese culinary specialties.The cake consists of two layers of dense, not overly sweet chocolate dough with a thin layer of apricot jam in the middle and dark chocolate icing with shreds of chocolate on the top and sides. This is traditionally eaten with whipped cream, as most Viennese consider the Sachertorte too "dry" to be eaten without.The trademark for the "Original Sachertorte" was registered by the Hotel Sacher, which was built in 1876 by the son of Franz Sacher.

Not only did we have Sachertorte in Vienna, but we had the official recipe at Hotel Sacher. Other restaurants have tried to replicate this famous cake, but the original reciple has been kept top secret. I was more than happy to participate in this memorable historical outing, it topped any museum experience.

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