Sacher torte

A classic dessert, this wonderfully chocolatey sacher torte is perfect for birthdays, weddings or anniversaries.

  • 40 mins preparation
  • 40 mins cooking
  • 2 hrs marinating
  • Serves 10
  • Print


Sacher torte
  • 150 gram dark eating (semi-sweet) chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 150 gram butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup (150g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 2 tablespoon caster (superfine) sugar, extra
  • 1 cup (320g) apricot jam, warmed, strained
  • 125 gram dark eating (semi-sweet) chocolate, chopped
  • 125 gram butter, softened


Sacher torte
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a deep 22cm (8-inch) round cake pan; line base with baking paper.
  • 2
    Melt chocolate in a small heatproof bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water (do not allow water to touch base of bowl); stir in the water; cool mixture to room temperature.
  • 3
    Beat butter and sugar in a small bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating until combined. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; stir in chocolate mixture, then sifted flour.
  • 4
    Beat egg whites in a small bowl until soft peaks form, gradually beat in extra sugar, beating until dissolved between each addition; fold into chocolate mixture.
  • 5
    Spread mixture into pan. Bake about 30 minutes. Stand cake in pan 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool; leave cake upside-down
  • 6
    Meanwhile, make chocolate icing: Melt chocolate and butter in a small heatproof bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water (do not allow water to touch base of bowl). Cool at room temperature until spreadable, stirring occasionally; this can take up to 2 hours.
  • 7
    Split cold cake in half; place one half, cut-side up, on serving plate. Brush half the warmed jam over cake half, top with remaining cake half. Brush cake all over with remaining jam. Stand about 1 hour at room temperature or until jam has set. Spread top and side of cake with icing; stand at room temperature until icing has set.


This icing recipe is also suitable for piping. Cake will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days

More From Women's Weekly Food