The Sacher cake entered the marvelous history of chocolate desserts in 1832 when Franz Sacher, whose name this luxurious cake carries, created it for the pleasure and under the demand of Prince Klemens Wenzel Lothar Metternich, the Austrian canceller during the reign of Emperor Ferdinand, the First of Austria.
The prince was a gourmand and enjoyed all the time new experiences. When he ordered a new chocolate cake his chefs were completely puzzled and couldn’t produce it. Franz Sacher, then took a chef’s help in the Prince’s kitchen, created then this ultimately famous recipe.
The original recipe baked in a rectangular tray, the circular one being introduced only a few decades after, had as composition a chocolate bundt cake made of flour, sugar, melted chocolate, eggs and corn starch and was baked during one hour.
While still very hot was spread over with apricot marmalade and after that, when cooled down a bit, covered in a thin spread of bitter chocolate.
Because of its dense and a bit dry consistency the cake was left to stay for a least 24 hours before being served so the flavors should combine. The Torte–German for cake was served with tea and Arabian coffee, the Prince’s favorite.
The cake became very popular in a very short while and, together with the other creations of Franz Sacher, was soon known all over the world.
In 1876 Eduard, the son of Franz opened a hotel named Sacher after the famous cake and its creator. After Eduard’s death his wife Anna managed the hotel and made it famous as the hosting place for the Austrian aristocracy.
During 1876 a dispute appeared between the Demel’s patisserie and the Sacher Hotel with the object of the original recipe of the Sacher Cake. The matter was solved in justice and ever since the cake made at Demels’ was called “Demels’ Sacher Cake”
Over the years the recipe spread over the world and this exquisite chocolate cake can now be found in almost any bakery for the delight of everyone.
1876 – In 1876, Franz’s son, Eduard Sacher, opened a grand hotel called the Hotel Sacher, but it was Eduard’s dynamic, cigar-smoking wife, Anna, who turned it into one of Europe’s greatest hostelries where the aristocracy and diplomats would meet . After Eduard’s death his widow, Anna Sacher, became manager.