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Sacher Torte Heart with Truffle Top

January 30, 2012

Sacher Torte Heart with Truffle Top

Sacher Torte Heart with Truffle Top

Do you know how long I have been waiting to make this?  Over a year.  Yes, a year.  I came across this recipe last year on Martha Stewart’s site.   I was too late to make it for you for Valentine’s Day last year so I thought this year I would make it for you well in advance 🙂  Why?  Because I heart you!

I have to be honest with you, I do not have a lot of experience when it comes to tortes.  I have only made one aside from these two, EVER.  So, what is a torte?  A torte is a rich, usually multilayered, cake that is filled with buttercreams, mousses, jams or fruits.  Ordinarily, the cooled torte is glazed and garnished . A torte is made with little to no flour, but instead with ground nuts or breadcrumbs, as well as sugar, eggs, and flavorings.  So this could be a very lovely Valentine’s Day treat for a gluten free friend or LOVER 🙂

There is nothing complicated about this dessert.  It is simple yet elegant which makes this the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for someone you love dearly.  As if having a Sacher Torte all to yourself wasn’t enough it is topped with amazing Kahlua Truffles too!!

Sacher Torte Heart with Truffle Top


1/2 cup butter, softened, plus more for pans
Unsweetened cocoa powder, for pans
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
3 large eggs, separated
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup apricot jam
8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup heavy cream
Chocolate Truffles

To Prepare

Make the Cake  

Preheat oven to 300 degrees, with rack in center. Butter two 6-inch heart-shape cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment paper; butter parchment. Dust with cocoa powder, and tap out excess; set aside. Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring often; set aside.
Put butter and 1/3 cup sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in yolks, then vanilla and melted chocolate. Reduce speed to low. Mix in flour. Transfer batter to a large bowl.
Put egg whites into the clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on low speed until foamy. Raise speed to medium-high; gradually beat in remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Raise speed to high, and beat just until stiff peaks form. Stir half the egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in remaining egg whites.
Divide batter between prepared pans. Tap firmly on counter to remove any air bubbles. Bake until centers are just set, 15 to 17 minutes. Let cool completely in pans on a wire rack. Turn out cakes; remove parchment. Reinvert onto rack.
Trim cakes flat. Warm jam in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly runny.  Spread warm jam over 1 cake layer. Top with remaining layer.

  Make the ganache

Put chocolate into a large heatproof bowl. Bring cream just to a boil over medium-high heat; pour over chocolate. Let stand 10 minutes. Stir until smooth. Refrigerate, stirring every 10 minutes, until cooled and the consistency of corn syrup, about 30 minutes.
Slowly pour ganache over top and down sides of cake (use an offset spatula to spread evenly, if needed). Let stand 30 minutes. Arrange truffles over top of cake. Serve.

Makes 1 ~ 6-inch ~ 2 layer cake

Sources Martha Stewart

Sacher Torte Heart with Truffle Top

Sacher Torte Heart with Truffle Top

This Sacher torte, a classic Viennese dessert that your special someone will absolutely love you for!

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2012 6:14 pm

    Whoa, those look incredible… seriously impressive – I can’t believe you made them yourself… they’re just so perfect!!! What a perfect treat for Valentine’s day – so decadent, rich and indulgent! Are they supposed to be one per person because they look really rich – I’m not sure if I could eat a whole one in one sitting.

    • January 31, 2012 4:09 am

      Thank you Charles! They are rich and decadent and meant to be shared with your Valentine!

  2. January 31, 2012 11:41 am

    I tried to make a Sacher Torte for Christmas Eve one year. It was a disaster! Your recipe and cakes look so fabulous. Cudos!

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