Wednesday, May 4, 2011
In 1832, at the Viennese court of Prince Metternich, a chef's apprentice was
assigned the task of creating a special dessert for some distinguished guests.
Franz Sacher, aged 16, came up with a rich chocolate cake containing a secret
ingredient: apricot jam. The dinner guests were delighted with this delicious
confection, and "Sacher Torte" became a Viennese tradition. Sacher's descendants
founded the Hotel Sacher in 1876. The hotel is in the heart of Vienna, next to the
Staatsoper, and still serves its famous Sacher Torte.