It all started in 1832 with two words: impress them. Prince Clemens von Metternich, Austria’s Foreign Minister, invited guests over for dinner, hoping to amaze them with the talent of his personal chef. To the Prince’s misery, the chef fell sick and left the task in the hands of his sixteen-year-old apprentice, Franz Sacher. Sacher was a second year trainee in the Metternich kitchen. “Let there be no shame on me tonight!” said the Prince, ushering Sacher to work on a dessert that would change it all. The young apprentice dreamed up a chocolate-covered cake filled with apricot jam, which indeed, did imprint on Metternich’s guests. Sacher’s cake, known today as the Sacher Torte, has become staple to Austrian cuisine. After completing his apprenticeship in Metternich’s kitchen, Sacher ultimately opened up a speciality delicatessen in his hometown, Vienna. After his death, Sacher passed on his culinary legacy to his eldest son, Eduard. Training first with the Royal and Imperial Pastry Chef in Vienna and later on at the Demel bakery, Eduard perfected his father’s concoction into the form it is today. In 1876, Eduard opened the Hotel Sacher, where the famous Sachertorte is sold and eaten until today. When in Vienna, make time to stop at the Sacher Cafe to satisfy your sweet tooth. But controversy rose shortly after over the cake’s pedigree. Eduard claimed that the recipe was his family’s – however, the Demel bakery, where Eduard developed the cake, asserted that it was theirs. After seven years, the Sacher legacy won the legal battle. Sachertorte can be eaten either at The Sacher Hotel or at the Demel Bakery. Visit both locations and judge for yourself. We bet you never knew that a cake could cause more issues than just a battle of forks for the last bite. Yet, this might be the most controversial dessert in baking history. And it’s definitely worth fighting over. The Sacher Café, Philharmonikerstrasse 4, A-1010 Vienna. Open daily from 8 a.m. until midnight. http://www.sacher.com/en-cafe-vienna.htm The Demel Bakery, Kohlmarkt 14A-1010 Vienna. Open daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. http://www.demel.at/en/frames/index_wien.htm Photo credits: Sharon Bijo, Best Bib & Tucker and Communica TI. All photos are subject to copyright and may not be used without the consent of the previous photographersShare this:Like this:Like Loading... http://Menopausalmother.blogspot.com Menopausalmother This cake looks incredible!!! I am a chocolate fanatic, and yes, this cakes looks like it is worth fighting over!!!! http://iloveyousharon.com Rafael Nasser sacher torte hmmmmm… it was SOOO good haha i gained so much weight there! but it was fun right? =) The Worldwider We had an amazing time together!!!