The Seven Years’ Cake War: Sachertorte

Emma Rose Millar


With its velvety chocolate icing and lashings of tangy apricot jam, Sachertorte has become Austria’s national dessert. But the history of this luxurious chocolate cake is as rich and as dark as the Sachertorte itself.

In 1832 Prince Clemens Lother Wensel Metternich, the Austrian State Chancellor placed an order for a special dessert for himself and his dinner guests. Orders were sent to the court kitchen where there was instant mayhem; the royal pastry chef was sick. When it became clear that none of the cooks knew what to make, the 16 year old apprentice, Franz Sacher rolled up his sleeves and set about creating a dessert which was to be celebrated to this day. According to legend the recipe came from his sister Anna. The prince’s guests fell in love with the indulgent chocolate cake, and the Sachertorte was born.

klemens_von_metternich_bio Prince Clemens Lother Wensel Metternich

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Mum, chocolate maker, author of THE WOMEN FRIENDS: SELINA and the award-winning novel FIVE GUNS BLAZING.
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