Delicious Sacher torte and a sweet weekend gathering

Sacher torte, what do we do when there's only one slice left?

Me and my big mouth.

That's what I thought after haphazardly volunteering to prepare the cake for our weekend gathering. I have almost forgotten that I have a seven month's old baby girl and that preparing for big number of guests wouldn't be that simple. Specially now that she has improve drastically her psychomotor abilities. Meaning she's everywhere and could be pulling anything. (Grrrrrr, but still very very cute). I was thinking of making something simple and easy but then again my craziness for cooking is much stronger than my brain telling me "be logic, be logic". So I ended up buying 800 grams of dark chocolate, 500 grams of freshly picked from the farm raspberries and a two dozen of naturely grown farm eggs in the market last Friday. In short, I baked a Sacher Torte for almost twenty guests. I have never tried making this famous Austrian chocolate cake nor tasted them for that matter. I adopted my recipe from the french site of Austrian Tourism Office explaining how to make this cake and I used Pierre Herme's raspberry chocolate recipe for my glaçage.

Everybody loved it! I suppose for they were speechless and just all headed on finishing their slices on their plate.

Fresh lilas from the garden adorn the table

If you were wondering what was the occassion, it was my dad in law, sis in law, his fiancé and my brother in law's birthday celebration. No fancy menu this weekend just some green vegetable terrine and endive salad for entrée, fondue bourguignone for the main course and apple tart, sacher torte and champagne for the dessert.

Sacher Torte (you can check the original recipe here)
(recipe for one cake)
200 g of dark chocolate
8 egg yolks
120 g of melted butter
10 egg whites
1 tsp of Vanilla essence
a pinch of salt
180 of sugar
120 of sifter flour

Beat the egg yolks. Fold in the melted butter, vanilla essence and melted chocolate. Dust the flour and mix until homogenous. Whisk the egg. Add the salt; put the sugar little by little and continue whisking until it forms its peak. Put one fourth of this mixture on the chocolate mixture. Mix carefully then add directly on the whisk egg whites and mix gently. Pour this mixture on two round pans (of 22cm in diameter and 4 cm depth) with buttered baking paper inside. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 180° celsius.

Chocolate Raspberry Glaçage
14 cl of heavy cream
150 g of raspberries
20 of butter
200 g of dark chocolate

Put the raspberries on an electric mixer and blend it. Pass this purée on a streamer to remove the seeds. Melt the chocolate in bain marie and in a separate casserole warm up the heavy cream. Put the warm heavy cream on the melted chocolate and mix delicately. Add the raspberry purée. Add the butter and continue mixing;

Assembling the cake. Put a raspberry preserves on the middle of the two cakes to stick them together. Then pour in the chocolate glaçage; Let it stand in the fridge for at least two hours.

The famous yogurt-apple tart of my sister in law

Parade of champagne glasses, anything becomes great with a glass of champagne


tigerfish said...

"...what do we do when there's only one slice left?.."


Manggy said...

Hahaha! Gorgeous! I love Sacher torte! I'm not sure it could feed twenty though-- I could finish a quarter of it on my own :P

Deeba PAB said...

Hey Dhanggit...that sachertorte looks divine! The last time I made one from a net recipe, I wasnt too happy. Maybe I'll try this next time. And what beautiful lilas & a fab pictures. many birthdays & so much festivity. You must have had a blast!! Lovely post!

Peter M said...

Dhanngit, I too made the Sacher Torte and then I tried the real thing at the Sacher Hotel. Verdict? The home version was just as good as the the hotel version which cost me 15 euros with the coffee.

Chibog in Chief said...

Tigerfish, hehehe there wasnt fight for the last slice.;i cheated them all heheh

Manggy, good thing you never get fat with that appetite!!

Passionate baker, thanks dear :-) the recipe i used was good but i think i over bake the cake..because i use a baking pan much was good but it could have been really good hehehe

Peterm, im sure your version could beat the real are a magician peter!!

L Vanel said...

Looks like it was a really nice party!

docemdy said...

Dhanggit, you take the nicest pictures. They all look so yummy that you're making me hungry.

Finla said...

Wow delicious cakes. I will go for the chocolate one.
Sacher torte is my favourite cake.
Here at home itoo do the meat fondue, whichi think is so good when there is a lot of guests.

Cakespy said...

I've always considered the Sacher torte to be one of the classiest and loveliest desserts. Yours is just perfect! And your last sentiment is so true--everything is a pinkies-out affair when you have champagne.

Catherine Wilkinson said...

D, you are just the most charming girl. I want to kiss your baby girl! And smell the lilacs! Drink the champagne. And take that last slice of cake!

Deborah said...

I have seen teh Sacher Torte in a few cookbooks and have always wanted to try it. It looks so delicious!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I can well imagine the silently intent eating. :-)

Sidney said...

Wow! You can do the world famous Sacher Torte?!

desie said...

sounds like you had a gorgeous lunch. that Sacher Torte looks delish. i hope you are enjoying spring!

Gloria Baker said...

Really love Sachetorte and this looks wonderful!!! I place one a time ago but yours look sooo yummy!!!!!!! xxxxGloria

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Oggi said...

Sacher torte is one of my favorite desserts ever! I haven't had it since I left Manila. Now I want to bake one too.
Your torte looks so yummy, I'm drooling.:)

Little Corner of Mine said...

That sacher torte looks really rich and sinful.

chriesi said...

Mmm beautiful!
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Ruy said...

Wow... I'd love to sink my teeth into several slices of that.
Hi there Dhanggit!=)
Missed this delicious place...

bee said...

gorgeous, gorgeous and gorgeous. you are a fantastic baker. and you present your creations o well.

Susan @ SGCC said...

Oh, those lilacs are so pretty, I can almost smell them! They don't grow here and I miss them.

What a beautiful Sacher torte! It looks positively sinful!

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had quite the celebration. Chocolate and raspberries are always a winner.

Rosie said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous,gorgeous ‘dear’ Dhanggit!! This is such a world famous cake, Sacher Torte and you have made this to perfection :D

Rosie x

Gigi said...

I've always wanted to try this torte but have been a scared. I know dumb. But your photos are so beautiful that I think I am going to give this a go. Just a stunning dessert Dhanggit!

Oh for the love of food! said...

You are one brave lass, Dhanggit - I would NEVER attempt to try a new recipe when I'm not sure it's going to work out for a huge gathering like this!
But your Sacher Torte looks DIVINE!I would love the last piece if that's ok ;o)

Lovely,lovely pics as always!

Anonymous said...

Not a fancy menu? The torte looks magnifique! Did you use gelatin in the green veg terrine? I bet it looked beautiful as well.

Maya said...

hi, dhanggit you're sacher torte is a real delight!!!

I need a help, can you please give me idea for frosting for daughter is doing one for her friends in sch.She likes to put some m&m on the top.It's her birthday treat to them.
thanks in advance.

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Anonymous said...

I just love your photo work Hilda..and of course your recipes..

Anonymous said...

Nice looking dessert.