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Searching for the perfect Sachertorte

I recently visited Vienna with my best friend who is a massive foodie and of course one of the first things she said to me when we booked the holiday was “We have to try the Sachertorte”. For those who don’t know what a Sachertorte is, it’s a type of chocolate cake invented by Franz Sacher back in 1832 and has become one of the most famous culinary dishes out of Austria. It consists of a dense chocolate sponge with a layer of apricot jam topped with dark chocolate icing. The original recipe for the Sachertorte is kept in Hotel Sacher known only to the confectioners.

We visited three different places around Vienna and at the end of the holiday there was a clear favourite. I would note that for each place we visited we did have to queue up for at least 15 minutes.

Cafe Demel
A cosy cafe with an abundance of seating where you can watch the confectioners through a glass wall work their magic in the kitchen. The Sachertorte was served without whipped cream which I think was the first mistake. The second was the lack of apricot jam, with each forkful I could taste the chocolatey sponge but it lacked the sweetness from the jam to make it special.

Address: Kohlmarkt 14, 1010 Wien, Austria

Cafe Demel


Cafe Demel chef

Cafe Central
The architecture inside this traditional Viennese cafe is absolutely striking and I can see why it draws in crowds upon first glance. When you enter the cafe an array of cakes will be bestowed upon you, it took my eyes a while to adjust to all the cakes on show. This was the first time I tried the Sachertorte and to be frank I wasn’t impressed. The sponge was really dense and to me tasted like an ordinary over mixed chocolate cake. I wanted to like it but for me something was missing.

Address: Herrengasse 14, 1010 Wien, Austria

Cafe Central


Cafe Central Cakes

Cafe Sacher
Where else to try the famous Sachertorte other than at the hotel where the original recipe resides and is used. The cafe is beautifully decorated, I really liked the large windows panes which let in a lot of natural light unlike the other cafes we visited which were quite dark. The cafe does feel like a tourist trap as most of the customers if not all were tourists looking to get a piece of the original Sachertorte. Despite this the Sachertorte at Cafe Sacher was the most delicious one of them all. The sponge was dense but at the same time melted in my mouth where I could taste the different layers of the cake leaving the dark chocolate icing in my mouth to finish. I was really impressed and can now fully understand why this famous cake is so popular.

Address: Philharmoniker Str. 4, 1010 Wien, Austria


Cafe Sacher


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