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Catholic Recipe: Sacher Torte


  • 4 ounces butter
  • 4 ounces sugar
  • 4 ounces softened bittersweet chocolate
  • 7 eggs
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 2 Tablespoons fine bread crumbs


Serves: 6-8

Yield: 1 cake

Prep Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: • • •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:15+

Origin: Austria, Germany


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Also Called: Sachertorte; Flourless Chocolate Cake

This Viennese chocolate cake is the number one favorite for the Trapp family birthday or nameday celebrations.


Beat butter, sugar, and softened chocolate together. Add one egg yolk at a time. Beat 7 egg whites until peaks stand up straight. Add to mixture. Then add bread flour and bread crumbs. Mix in by hand with rubber spatula. Bake slowly in well-greased, floured cake tin. When cool, cut in half horizontally. Spread apricot jam on lower half. Cover with upper half and spread evenly with apricot jam. Let dry for a while.

Recipe Source: Around the Year with the Trapp Family by Maria Augusta Trapp, Pantheon Books Inc., New York, New York, 1955