Probably the most famous of all tortes, the Sacher-Torte is the result of several happy coincidences. In 1832, the Austrian State Chancellor, Prince Klemens Wenzel von Metternich, expected guests at his palace and instructed his kitchen staff to create a new dessert. On the day of the event though, the chef was ill – and so the delicate task of magicking up “the sweet of the evening” fell to the 16-year-old apprentice chef, Franz Sacher. “I hope you won’t disgrace me tonight,” Prince Metternich said to the pupil on his way to the kitchen.
Knowing this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Sacher created the icon of all desserts, the legendary chocolate cake, the cult torte itself: the Original Sacher-Torte. It must have been excellent, Franz Sacher’s dessert. At least it certainly was no embarrassment. From 1836, the Torte was considered “presentable at court” and featured regularly on the menu at the imperial court.