NATIONAL SACHER TORTE DAY
If you like chocolate and you like cake, then National Sacher Torte Day on December 5th is a perfect day for you! The layered ingredients make this dessert a delicious torte!
Sacher Torte, also known as Sachertorte, is a unique type of chocolate cake. Austrian Franz Sacher invented it in 1832. Vienna considers the Sachertorte one of their most famous culinary specialties.
At the age of 16, Franz Sacher was only an apprentice to the chef when Prince Wenzel Von Metternich ordered a special dessert from the kitchen for his guests. With the chef ill, Sacher stepped in for his superior and created what is known worldwide as the Sacher Torte.
His son, Eduard, went on to perfect this decadent dessert. He created the Sacher Torte by layering apricot jam between a rich, chocolate sponge cake and topped it with a layer of chocolate icing.
The original recipe is a secret protected today and served exclusively by the Sacher Hotels in Vienna and Salzburg.
Cake vs. Torte
Cakes and tortes are very similar. In fact, tortes are a type of cake. It is the ingredients that make a torte a torte. Like the ingredients that make an angel food cake bake up light and tall, a torte’s ingredients give it a heavier base and a tighter crumb. Additionally, tortes tend to be layered crosswise with ganache, frosting, or fruit. Tortes use very little flour and use ground nuts or breadcrumbs instead.
There are various tortes to make. Some tortes only have a couple of layers. However, others stack up thin, beautiful layers full of rich flavor.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL SACHER TORTE DAY
When you celebrate this delicious torte, you’ll want to serve a generous dollop of fresh whipped cream with it. Brew a fresh pot of coffee, too. This rich cake deserves a hot beverage to complement it.
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NATIONAL SACHER TORTE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this chocolatey food holiday.
Q. What’s a torte?
A. A torte is a type of cake that combines layered ingredients. The cake used to make a torte is a denser, sturdier cake. Recipes call for very little to no flour.
Q. When was the Sacher Hotel founded?
A. Franz Sacher’s son, Eduard, opened the Sacher Hotel in 1876