To many people Sachertorte is as Viennese as the Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, or the Ferris wheel in the Prater. Most tourists probably clog the famous Kaffeehäuser (coffee shops) only to order a slice of this famous chocolate cake.
I admit that we were guilty of the same thing when we made a trip to Vienna a couple of years ago. Since I had no idea where to find a vegan Sachertorte, I stuck to my regular black espresso while P ordered a piece of this famous chocolate cake. When it arrived it looked very simple and very pretty. It was a plain cake covered with the most perfect chocolate glaze I had ever seen. It was velvety and so even that I couldn’t believe actual people had made this cake. I thought it was too beautiful to eat and maybe we really should have just admired it for its simple beauty.
But then P took a bite and was completely underwhelmed. The cake, he said, was dry and too sweet. And that was it. Because of this experience I never really considered making a vegan Sachertorte. I read on several online forums that many people shared P’s experience and it seems that you either like Sachertorte or you hate it. But during Vegan Mofo so many readers requested a recipe for Sachertorte that I thought I should finally give it a try.