The Sachertorte is not the only cake in Vienna rich in tradition. Nor is it the only one with a secret recipe. There’s the Imperial Torte, for example, which is made at the luxury hotel of the same name.
According to legend, the cake – which includes layers of whipped chocolate cream and sliced almonds, surrounded by marzipan and coated in chocolate glazing – owes its existence to the attention to duty of a young kitchen servant, Xaver Loibner way back in 1873.
(Photo credit: Kirchgasser Photography)
Picture the scene – your hotel is opening and it’s not just some local dignitary popping round to do the honours with a pair of scissors and a smile.
Actually, it is a local dignitary, if you can describe Emperor Franz Joseph I as such. To pay due respect to the Imperial palate, Xaver came up with the Imperial Torte, unique in both composition and shape (it’s square).
Of course, once you have a cake which an Emperor enjoyed, you don’t want just anyone producing it. So the recipe remains a secret to this day.
The Imperial Hotel’s own in-house pâtisserie continues to make the Torte by hand. There are three variations: the original cake, Schwarze Orange (“Dark Orange”) and the new alternative added in 2018, Feine Himbeer (“Delicate Raspberry”).
The cakes come in various sizes in elegant and stylish boxes that respect the name and tradition behind their contents. As such, they make nice souvenirs, too.
How do I get an Imperial Torte?
There are three ways to get your hands on the cake:
- Buy one from the online store
- Go for the whole Imperial experience and enjoy a slice with a cup of coffee at the Café Imperial Wien
- Just drop into the Café and buy a cake to take with you
Address: Imperial Hotel, Kärntner Ring 16, 1010 Vienna