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Anyone tried the World famous Viennese Sachar cake?

Anyone tried the World famous Viennese Sachar cake?

Apr 23rd, 2005, 08:08 AM
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I never had Sacher torte at the Sacher, but I did have Sacher torte sent by the Sacher by air mail in a wooden box to Munich, and I thought it was wonderful. It was very dense, admittedly, but not at all dry.

If you have any doubts (which would not surprise me, given all the comments above), go to Demel where you can choose among dozens of different pastries.
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Apr 23rd, 2005, 09:16 AM
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Yes, I've tried it. There's a legend that when Austria was being rebuilt after WW II, the builders in Vienna didn't have to face the national shortage of concrete, they just used ground-up Sacher tortes.
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Apr 23rd, 2005, 10:06 AM
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LOL LOL LOL
I thought that my authentic Sacher was dried up only because I brought it all the way from Vienna back to Brazil to eat it with my kids...
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Apr 23rd, 2005, 10:17 AM
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Another disappointed and deluded Sacher Torte taster! We had just toured the Belvedere, where we had a terrific view of Vienna, and where we had joyously viewed some Klimt's, including The Kiss. We visited the museum shop and then went to the small restaurant.

What else I thought, the perfect time for a coffee and to sample Sacher Torte. My husband was smarter and had a very nice, moist piece of cake. I haven't read all the above posts so may be duplicating some descriptions, but after my first bite of chocolate sawdust I thought either the Viennese are nuts, or my taste buds died. It was just awful!
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Apr 23rd, 2005, 10:28 AM
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My stepmother was from Vienna, so I grew up on Sacher Torte in New York; never had a bad one. In Vienna itself, I found thta Demel's (or Dehmel's) had a version with a thin layer of marzipan (almond paste) under the chocolate icing which sent me to heaven. Buy why quibble about which dessert is best; have them all! It has been a custom in Vienna to go to a coffee shop around 4 PM for "youzer", which is a pastry of your choice with coffee. Again, many kinds of coffee. I always get a "Weisse" which is coffee with milk, but if you want to get chubby, get the delicious "Kaffe mit Schlag" which is black coffee with tons of whipped cream. But, forget my comment about chubby, live life, enjoy food!
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Apr 23rd, 2005, 10:35 AM
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The only Sacher Torte I've ever had was one I made many years ago (at least 20) with a recipe from Gourmet Magazine. I think the cake was on the cover. This one was so good that I guess the chef's in Gourmet's kitchen did something to improve the original. I'm sad to hear the origianl is not worth the wait.
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Apr 23rd, 2005, 11:31 AM
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To expound a bit on my post:

I had heard about Sacher Torte all of my life so I insisted that we go to the Hotel to finally have some. I was the only one from our table who ordered it so I was all excited. It tasted like dust! I descreetly said "blech" to my friends. I thought they had give me an old dried up piece left over from the lunch crowd, so I dipped it in coffee and it tasted like dust dipped in coffee. The coffee was good though.

I have held it against the hotel for years so I am glad to know that is how it is supposed to taste.
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Apr 23rd, 2005, 11:45 AM
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Who made you think "Sacher Torte" would be a world famous cake? Which it really isnt . What made you think so? "The sound of music?" ;-) I really am very much interested is your stories.
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Apr 23rd, 2005, 12:14 PM
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Sacher Torte is indeed famous, or not so many of us would have even heard of it, let alone tried it. Some famous things are universally loved; others, like Sacher Torte, cheese grits, and Czech dumplings are acquired tastes. Some of us never acquire the taste and still live happy lives.
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Apr 23rd, 2005, 12:29 PM
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I have never tried cheese grits, but I cant get any czech dumplings today, because supermarkets are already closed . 9h30 p.m. And there is always the question of the right sauce. But what makes "Sacher Cake" so famous?
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Apr 23rd, 2005, 12:30 PM
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it appears regularly in People magazine.
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Apr 23rd, 2005, 12:46 PM
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I dont know..I've had Sacher torta numerous time both in Vienna and in Budapest. I actually like it. Like most things...it's a matter of taste. However, my favorite still remains the DOBOS TORTE.
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Apr 23rd, 2005, 12:48 PM
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Thanks, its the first time I ever heard of "People magazine", so maybe thats why I dont know that "Sacher Cake" is famous...
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Apr 23rd, 2005, 01:13 PM
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Maybe most expect a chocolate layer cake? I tried it in both Demels
ad Hotel Sacher in Vienna (there is a feud as to which invented it) and both were similarly disappointing compared to my preconceived idea. It was DRY, no moistness at all. Beforetrip to Vienna, I made one from an old NYTimes Mag recipe and thought I must have done someting wrong, but no----mine tasted better (th sitll dry) as it turned out, than the ones I later tasted in Vienna.
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Apr 23rd, 2005, 01:19 PM
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I think this must be the one and only place in the world where people are talking about cheese grits and Sacher torte in the same sentence LOL
I am never attracted to cakes of this sort, so I am glad to see I was spared sawdust between layers of felt!
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Apr 23rd, 2005, 02:28 PM
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Was in Vienna last month and had to try the famous Sacher torte at the Sacher hotel. PATRICK"S description is right on! Very disappointing.
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Apr 23rd, 2005, 02:46 PM
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I'm with the Disappointeds. (Even schlag can't save the day in my opinion.) BUT..... let me tell you about the cassata I had in Agrigento in Sicily! -
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Apr 23rd, 2005, 03:18 PM
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Schlag, sounds like something one would do after eating too much Sachar Torte!
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Apr 23rd, 2005, 04:57 PM
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So is being in Vienna for the very first time enough excuse to try it?

Or is it just so bad that my trip would be better off without it!

Scarlett and elaine and everyone you guys are so funny!
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Apr 23rd, 2005, 05:31 PM
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Sacher Torte is totally not worth it!
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