Chocolate Sacher Cake

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 2h 25m

Makes 10 servings


  • For Cake:
  • 1 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs, separated, plus 1 egg white
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 cup ground hazelnuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For Icing and Filling:
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup cherry-flavored liqueur
  • 2/3 cup cherry preserves


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter a 9-inch springform pan then set it aside.


In a bowl, combine the flour and baking powder, then set aside. In another bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg yolks, one at a time, then beat in the chocolate. Stir in the hazelnuts and vanilla. In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff. Alternately fold the beaten whites and the flour into the batter.

Spread the batter evenly in the prepared springform pan. Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool the cake on a rack.


In the top of a double boiler, over simmering water, melt the chocolate. In a small saucepan, heat the cream. Remove the bowl from the heat and stir the cream into the chocolate, then set aside.

When the cake is cool, using a long serrated knife, slice it horizontally into 3 layers. Remove the top 2 layers. Brush the bottom layer with some of the cherry-flavored liqueur, then spread with a third of the chocolate filling on the first layer and finally half of the cherry preserves.

Place the second layer and repeat the process with the liqueur, chocolate and preserves. Put the remaining layer of cake on top and pour the remaining chocolate over the top. Place the cake in the refrigerator to set for 1 hour.

NOTE: To serve the cake, slice with a serrated knife that has been dipped in warm water. Wipe the blade clean between each cut.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Doubleday. All rights reserved.

RecID 5502

nutrition information per serving

594 calories; 36g total fat; 142mg cholesterol; 95mg sodium; 68g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 7g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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