I remember growing up in Ljubljana and going to a tea house down the road from my home. The place always smelt amazing. I usually went with my dad. His favourite tea was the black tea flavoured with wild cherries. One other thing that he always used to get that we would share was a slice of the classic chocolate cake, sacher torte.
Since then, over 20 years later, I may have had that cake less than a handful of times. It has a special place in my heart though because it takes me back to my sweet childhood. I enjoy trying to recreate those memories and recipes but with my own twist to it. The twists to this are that it’s vegan, gluten-free and naked (no ganache). I’ve made the cake itself quite sweet and married with the apricot jam I find that a ganache would make it too sweet. If you prefer to have the ganache, just opt out the dark chocolate and use that to make the ganache.
Sacher torte is a moist but dense chocolate cake with apricot jam in the middle, finished off with a ganache on the outside and if you’re going very traditional, an ‘S’ or ‘Sacher’ is also added on top of the cake pipped with the ganache in thin letters.
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As well as the cake, I thought I’d share with you some images from my childhood area just around my house from photos Michael and I took when we were there in 2015. These were all taken within 5 minutes walking distance from my childhood home.
I tested this recipe so many times and really love the way that it has turned out! Considering that it’s a ‘healthy’ (in comparison to most other cakes), it tastes amazing. It could compete with any other cake out there, vegan, gluten-free or not.
What I love the most about this cake is that it gets better with age. You can store it in your fridge for up to 3 days. It will be denser which is how I actually prefer it. The images in this post are of the cake on the first day.
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