Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sacher Torte Style Cupcakes with White Chocolate Chunks

Remember what I said about getting out of my possible cupcake/macaron rut on my last post

Looks like the Lemon Almond Wheels fell off my plan because I gravitated immediately toward these cupcakes in one of my newly purchased German baking books.

These are not exactly a perfect imitation of Sacher torte. More in flavors than texture as the cake is fluffy and moist.  

I have had the Sacher torte at the Hotel Sacher in Vienna. Again, these taste nothing like the original. 

However, they are a fun riff on the recipe and the white chocolate chunks are a quirky surprise.

Sacher Torte Style Cupcakes with White Chocolate Chunks
(Muffin nach Sacher-Art recipe from  Schokolade Rezepte für Genießer Exclusive für Butlers, Planet Medien AG)

For the Cake:

  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 3.5 ounces bittersweet chocolate (at least 80% cocoa) chopped
  • 3.5 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • pinch salt
  • 3/4 cup AP four sifted
  • 1/3 cup apricot marmalade

  • Preheat oven to 390 degrees F.
  • Grease a cupcake pan.
  • Over a double boiler or in the microwave, melt the bittersweet chocolate.
  • Beat together butter, 1/2 cup of the sugar and egg yolks until creamy.
  • Fold in the melted chocolate a tablespoon at a time.
  • Fold in the white chocolate chunks and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl beat egg whites, salt and remaining 1/4 cup of sugar until stiff.
  • Fold the sifted flour into the egg white mixture.
  • Fold the egg white/flour mixture into the chocolate mixture.
  • Spoon combined batters into the cupcake pan and bake for about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes. Take the cupcakes out and let them finish cooling on a wire rack.
  • Brush the tops of them with a thin layer of apricot marmalade.

For the Glaze:

  • 3/4 stick butter softened and cut into pieces
  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup

  • Over a double boiler melt the chocolate and butter together.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the corn syrup.
  • Pour over cupcakes.


  1. Love the idea of the white chocolate tucked into these. That glaze sure looks good.

  2. i once read about the history of sacher cake and the hotel sacher. Yours might not taste like the original, but really, with that white chocolate chunk, i think yours might be better!

  3. What a fantastic idea of making those mini sacher tortes!

  4. Yum! These look delicious. I like the combination of chocolate and white chocolate with the touch of sweetness from the apricot marmalade....must taste wonderful:)

  5. I've read so much about the famous Sacher torte that's made me so curious about it. These look great and love the addition of white chocolate!


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