Monday, July 9, 2012

Sachertorte - Chocolate cake on steroids!

You may find it hard to pronounce....but you won't find it hard to eat :)

This is for Chocolate addicts who like to bathe in the joy of dark richness and flavor!



  • 185g pure dark chocolate, break into pieces
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 185g caster sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ¼ teaspoon of almond essence
  • 7 egg whites
  • 125g plain flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • 100g of pure dark chocolate broken into pieces
  • ½ cup cream
  • 90g caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

To make the cake:
Melt chocolate over hot water, stirring occasionally until smooth.  Cream butter and caster sugar.  Whisk egg yolks and gradually beat in the chocolate.  Add the essences and mix through.  Beat mixture into a creamed butter.  In another bowl whisk egg whites until firm peaks are formed.  Add 1/3 to the chocolate mixture and  fold in the sifted flour and baking powder.  Pour the chocolate mixture over the remaining egg whites; fold until no trace of egg white remains.

Pour the mixture into a greased and floured 23cm springform tin; bake in centre of oven preheated to a moderate oven (180 celsius) for about 45minutes or until the cake is cooked through.

Cool the cake on a rack with baking paper underneath the rack.  When it is cold, brush with the warm apricot jam (run it through a sieve). 

To make the Glaze:
Cook the chocolate, cream and caster sugar together over low heat, stirring until melted.  Raise temperature and cook without stirring for five minutes.  In another bowl beat the egg yolk, stir in a little chocolate mixture, then pour this mix into the remaining chocolate mixture and beat together.  Cook over low heat for a few minutes add vanilla essence.  Cool to lukewarm. 

Pour the glaze evenly over the cake, smoothing the edges with a palette knife.  When the glaze stops dripping, chill cake.  Remove 30mins before serving and add a little vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for some extra goodness!

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz.

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