Sachertorte – Vienna

The city of Vienna, Austria is famous for many things. It’s wonderful old buildings and ancient churches, the Vienna Boys Choir and Sachertorte. Sachertorte is a Viennese delicacy which is basically a moist chocolate cake with apricot jam in the middle and a coating of dark chocolate. It was invented by Franz Sacher, a kitchen apprentice of Prince Wenzel von Metternich in 1832. When he settled in Vienna, his dessert became famous and was carried on by his son after he died. Today you can eat Sachertorte anywhere in Vienna, but one of the best is probably found in Aida, a Viennese bakery chain with over twenty branches around the city…

“Aida has over 20 branches in Vienna and they are difficult to miss: they are very pink. The best known is on St Stephen’s Square at the junction of Singerstrasse. It has a white marble facade trimmed in pink, the awnings are pink, the staff wear pink; when it is warm enough to set up outside, the sun-shades are pink and you get to sit on pink chairs. If you can take so much pink, taste the coffee which is Aida’s own brand made from beans imported from South America and mixed and roasted to Aida’s secret specification.”

– Helena


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