Sachertorte (UK: /ˈzæxərtɔːrtə/, US: /ˈsɑːkərtɔːrt/, German: [ˈzaxɐˌtɔʁtə] (listen)) is a chocolate cake, or torte of Austrian origin,[1][2] invented by Franz Sacher,[3] supposedly in 1832 for Prince Metternich in Vienna.[4][5] It is one of the most famous Viennese culinary specialties.[6]

Sachertorte from the Hotel Sacher, Vienna
Place of originAustria
Region or stateVienna
Created byFranz Sacher
Main ingredientsChocolate sponge cake, apricot jam, dark chocolate icing
Franz Sacher
Sachertorte sold at a café
Sachertorte from Budapest
Sachertorte as a present
Café Sacher shop interior


According to Franz Sacher's son Eduard, Sachertorte was invented by Franz, when he was an apprentice under Chancellor Metternich's chef, one maître Chambellier. The story goes that Franz was required to create a novel cake when the chef was ill.[7] The Metternich connection was probably invented by Eduard many years later, to appeal to "Viennese nostalgic for their imperial past".[5][8]

Sachertorte remains popular in Austria and worldwide.


The cake consists of a dense chocolate cake with a thin layer of apricot jam in between two halves, coated in dark chocolate icing on the top and sides. It is traditionally served with unsweetened whipped cream.[7][9]


The "Original" Sacher Torte has two layers of apricot jam between the outer layer of chocolate icing and the sponge base, while Demel's "Eduard-Sacher-Torte" has only one. Demel's cake is denser and smoother.

Some of the various recipes for cakes similar to the "Original" are listed below. For example, at "Graz-Kulturhauptstadt 2003", a festival marking the city of Graz being declared cultural capital that year, "Sacher-Masoch-Torte" was presented (its name alluding to Leopold von Sacher-Masoch), using redcurrant jam and marzipan.

Production and sale of the "Original Sacher-Torte"

Hotel Sacher's "Original Sacher Torte" is sold at the Vienna and Salzburg locations of the Hotel Sacher, at Cafe Sacher branches in Innsbruck and Graz, at the Sacher Shop in Bolzano, in the Duty Free area of Vienna airport, and via the Hotel Sacher's online shop.[10][11]

The recipe of the Hotel Sacher's version of the cake is a closely guarded secret. Those privy to it claim that the secret to the Sacher Torte's desirability lies not in the ingredients of the cake itself, but rather those of the chocolate icing.[12] According to widely available information, the icing consists of three special types of chocolate, which are produced exclusively by different manufacturers for this sole purpose. The hotel obtains these products from Lübeck in Germany and from Belgium.[13]

The Hotel Sacher has gone to great lengths to distinguish the Original Sacher Torte from other variations. This includes four golden corners on the wooden box, the wood engraving of the Hotel Sacher Wien as well as "Das Original" and "Hotel Sacher Wien" in writing in the inside of the lid, and bordeaux red wrapping paper with a Biedermeier motif.[14]

In 1934, the Demel pastry shop started selling "Eduard Sacher-Torte", while the Sacher Hotel sold the "Original Sacher-Torte". The hotel's owners sued Demel for trademark infringement, and won in 1938. The lawsuit was appealed after the war, and the hotel was eventually given the exclusive right to call its version "the original".[15][16][17]

See also


  1. "Video- How To Make Sachertorte". Tablet. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  2. "Celebrating The Sacher Torte". The Forward. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  3. Gerber, Louis. "Hotel Sacher Vienna".
  4. Bell, Bethany (31 May 2007). "Happy Birthday, cake". BBC News. Retrieved 31 May 2007. It was created by chance one day in 1832 when the chef to the chancellor, Prince Metternich, suddenly fell ill. His 16-year-old apprentice, Franz Sacher, was called in to create a dessert that would not disgrace the prince and the Sachertorte was born.
  5. Michael Krondl, Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert, ISBN 1569769540, 2011, p. 290: "my best guess is that the Metternich creation story originates with Eduard Sacher"
  6. "Sachertorte". VIENNA – Now. Forever.
  7. "Original Sacher-Torte". 3 November 2015.
  8. "Sachertorte". Sachertorte (in German). Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  9. Original Sachertorte (German) Archived 13 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  10. "Sacher Shops |". EN. Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  11. Savic, Ogi (14 November 2017). "Die Königin unter den Schokoladenkuchen Sacher Torte". itinari (in German). Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  12. "Rezept Sachertorte". (in German). Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  13. "Die berühmte Sacher-Torte". (in German). Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  14. "Sweet Secret". Sacher. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  15. Michael Krondl, "Sachertorte", The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, ISBN 019931361X, p. 589
  16. Welle (, Deutsche. "Wie die Sachertorte zu ihrem Namen kam | DW | 19.12.2016". DW.COM (in German). Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  17. "Wiener Sachertorte: Geschichte, Erfindung, Rechtsstreit Hotel Sacher vs. Demel". Retrieved 8 March 2022.
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