Birthday cakes are nothing new, but what about a birthday for a cake? The Austrian Sacher-Torte celebrated its 175th birthday this week with a rooftop party in Austria organized by Vienna’s Hotel Sacher. The original cake was created in 1832 in Vienna when a young apprentice chef – 16 year old Franz Sacher – had to create an original dessert of short notice. As unlikely as the story of its origin seems, there can be no denying that the cake was a huge success from that point on. The Hotel Sacher retains the right to call its cakes the “original sacher-tortes” and sells over 360,000 of them every year.
The cake is a simple, dense chocolate cake that has a thin layer of apricot spread between its two chocolate layers. It is enrobed in a thin coating of chocolate and is often topped with chocolate shavings or curls and served with whipped cream. Variations on the original recipe call for different types of jam and sometimes put the jam layer directly under the frosting, rather than in the middle of the cake.