Other than France and Japan, some of the best cakes I have tried come from Vienna. Vienna, capital of Austria, is the land of music, theatre and opera and can I add – beautiful beautiful cafes. And never leave Vienna without trying the Sachertorte.
The Sachertorte is a chocolate cake and one of Vienna’s most famous culinary specialties. The Original Sachertorte is only available in Vienna and Salzburg. As with all types of popular food, there are many variations around, with the “Original” being sold at Sacher Hotel and the other “original” at Demel café.
The story of this cake began in 1832 when the coachman of Europe ordered a particular dessert but the chef was not unavailable. The young and quick witted apprentice Franz Sacher came up with a soft and fluffy chocolate cake with tasty apricot jam under the icing. Sacher’s son Eduard continued his legacy and this cake was later served at Hotel Sacher since 1876. And that is a very long history.
The hotel was an easy find even though we were all first time visitors, located between the State Opera House and famous shopping street Kärntner Straße. Both the exterior and interior were impressively elegant – full of the artistic spirit and olden day charm.
The waiter was also a charmer, slowly introducing all the brilliant delights of the café and making the girls laugh hard at his jokes.
We finally got hold of the world famous Sachertorte, with two layers of dense and rich chocolate cake, a thin layer of apricot jam in the middle and dark chocolate icing on the top and sides. As most Viennese consider the cake too dry, it was also served with unsweetened whipped cream on the side.
If there is one word to describe this cake, it would be “Royal”.
The other desserts such as the apple pie and ice coffee were equally a joy to have. Having your cake in the middle of a stunningly scenic Vienna is indeed a wonderful life moment. (The Original Sachertorte can also be ordered online – $29 Euros for 1 kg excluding shipping.)
Sacher Hotel, Betriebsgesellschaft mbH, Philharmonikerstraße 4, A-1010 Wien, Vienna Austria
Opening Hours: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm (Mon – Fri), 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (Sat)
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