This recipe for Sachertorte is a delightful chocolate layer cake with jam and lemon juice glaze. Rich and delicious! First created by Franz Sacher in 1832 in Vienna.

Sachertorte Recipe

Yummy Sachertorte

Delicious Sachertorte
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine South African
Servings 12 servings
Calories 614 kcal


  • 225 grams dark chocolate broken into squares
  • 150 grams butter unsalted, softened
  • 115 grams caster sugar
  • 8 eggs separated
  • 115 grams flour

For the glaze

  • 225 grams apricot jam
  • 15 ml lemon juice

For the icing

  • 225 grams dark chocolate broken into squares
  • 200 grams caster sugar
  • 15 ml golden syrup
  • 250 ml cream
  • 5 ml vanilla essence


  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF), grease a round springform cake pan and line with baking paper.
  • Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl.
  • Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and fluffy, add the egg yolks one at a time, beating after each addition.
  • Beat in the melted chocolate, sift the flour over the mixture and fold in evenly.
  • Whisk the egg whites until stiff, then stir a quarter into the chocolate mixture to lighten it.
  • Fold in the remaining whites, turn the mixture into the cake pan and smooth it level.
  • Bake for 50 minutes or until firm, turn out on to a wire rack to cool.
  • Using a small saucepan heat the apricot jam with the lemon juice until melted, then sieve.
  • Slice the cake horizontally into two equal layers.
  • Brush the cut surfaces and sides of each layer with the apricot glaze, then sandwich together, placing the jam-covered surfaces against each other. Place on a wire rack.
  • Mix the icing ingredients in a heavy pan.
  • Heat gently, stirring until thick, simmer for 3 to 4 minutes without stirring, until the mixture registers 95ºC (200ºF) on a sugar thermometer.
  • Pour quickly over the cake and spread evenly, leave to set.


Calories: 614kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 8gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 166mgSodium: 154mgPotassium: 352mgFiber: 4gSugar: 44gVitamin A: 830IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 6mg
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