About this recipe: This is a very elegant chocolate cake with a rich glossy chocolate and coffee icing.
I don't know what I did wrong but my cake didn't look ANYHTING like the pictured on for this recipie! I used Dark chocolate but my cake was a lot lighter in colour than this one and the texture was immensely different. Don't get me wrong, The recipie was simple enough to follow and it was a nice cake but not as dark, rich or moist as I was really hoping it would be. It turned out like an ordinary chocolate cake. What did I do wrong? - 13 Jun 2012
My grandparents live in Vienna, and i've spent summers there my entire life. This is not the sachertorte i have enjoyed at the Hotel Sacher on countless occasions. This recipe is too moist, not like the famed- whichever you take that to be. This cake tasted somewhat like a box mix- the flavors were not as deep to me, probably a result of the quality of chocolate in the States versus Wien. If you use the whipped cream, as is tradition, do not sweeten it, it overpowers the chocolate. The cake is not meant to taste like a Hershey bar as many Americans like. The difference is, desserts are on a completely different level in Austria. Pastry and sweets are time-honored, proud traditions- usually unchanged for centuries. On the up side, i imagine this would be a nice deviation from a simple cake, possibly for a birthday. I suppose i will simply have my Omi ship them to me in the States. - 30 Jun 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
My husband has been begging me to make this torte since he went to Vienna and had the real thing. It came out nicely, though not exactly the same. A nice cake for company nontheless. The coffee is a nice addition into the frosting - not too strong, as I was afraid it would be. - 21 Feb 2002 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)