This Sacher Torte recipe is for the original Austrian cake. This homemade cake has chocolate sponge cake, apricot jam filling, & a chocolate ganache glaze! Please check out the step-by-step photos above the recipe.
To make the cake, let egg whites stand at room temperature in a very large bowl for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease and lightly flour two 8-inch cake pans. Set aside.
Melt chocolate and butter in a medium saucepan over low heat; cool.
Stir egg yolks and vanilla into the cooled chocolate mixture. Set mixture aside.
Beat egg whites with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until soft peaks form (tips curl).
Gradually add sugar, about 1 tablespoon at a time, beating about 4 minutes or until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight).
Fold about 1 cup of the egg white mixture into chocolate mixture.
Fold chocolate mixture into remaining egg white mixture.
Sift about one-third of the flour over the egg mixture; gently fold in. (If the bowl is too full, transfer mixture to a larger bowl.) Repeat twice, sifting and folding in one-third of the flour at a time.
Carefully spread batter into the prepared pans. Hold the bowl close to the pans, and avoid dropping the batter into the pans from any greater height than necessary.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool cakes in their pans on a wire rack for about 5-10 minutes.
Remove cakes from pan. Brush crumbs from edges of cakes.
To make the apricot filling, bring the preserves, extract, and water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often.
Cook, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes.
Strain through a wire sieve into a small bowl, pressing hard on the solids. Set aside.
To make the chocolate glaze, place butter and chocolate in a heat-proof bowl. Set aside.
Bring whipping cream and light corn syrup to a gentle boil in a small, heavy saucepan.
Reduce heat, and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Pour over butter and chocolate.
Let sit for 2-3 minutes, and then stir until melted and well-combined. Cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile, to assemble, place the one of the cake layers upright on a large serving plate.
Spread all but 1/3 cup apricot filling on top of the cake layer on plate.
Top with the second cake layer, inverting if necessary, to give you a flat surface for the top of the cake.
Spread the remaining 1/3 cup apricot filling over the top layer.
Let cake sit for 10-15 minutes to let filling soak and set.
Pour chocolate glaze over torte, spreading as necessary to glaze top and sides completely.
Let torte stand at room temperature for at least 1 hour before serving to let the glaze set up.
Baking chocolate: I like to use baking chocolate in this recipe because the chocolate melts well and gives a good result.
Butter: I use salted butter in this recipe. If you use unsalted butter, add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the cake.
Apricot preserves: Apricot fruit spread, apricot jam, or apricot preserves will work.
Rum: Feel free to use actual rum if you prefer.
Chocolate glaze: If you would like to make a chocolate ganache topping without corn syrup, you can use this recipe instead. I would recommend a half batch of that recipe.