Eggless Chocolate Mocha Sachertorte | Happy Birthday dear son!

When Master Chef Australia, season 4 was running in India, I took it up watching once the kids would go to bed. V would always ask me why I would watch it, since I cannot make almost all the dishes – they were either with eggs or non-veg which I don’t make or eat. My answer would be the same, I am watching for education – in recipes, techniques, possibilities. 🙂

In an episode, there was a blind tasting session, where contestants were asked to taste desserts & guess what they were. The person eliminated was not able to guess a chocolate cake – Sachertorte. This was the first time I had heard the name, I was quite intrigued to know what it was and why it would be difficult to guess.

Eggless Sachertorte with molded chocolate in tools shape
Eggless Sachertorte with molded chocolate in tools shape

When the opportunity presented itself in the form of my son’s 4th birthday, I knew what I was going to make. A sachertorte is a chocolate cake filled with apricot jam/ preserve & served with a dollop of whipped cream. It is a Viennese Dessert. It is usually 2 layered cake. The chocolate cake is a sponge which is dense and not overly sweet.

I used a mocha cake for the base as I’ve gathered in last few chocolate creations that coffee enhances the taste of chocolate cake. As I was using instant coffee powder, I added 1 cup milk to the batter to get get desired consistency. I reduced the quantity of sugar as we like our cake mildly sweet & I knew that my apricot preserve was quite sweet, so it would compensate.

Eggless Sachertorte with molded chocolate in tools shape
Eggless Sachertorte with molded chocolate in tools shape

Usually the cake is not soaked in syrup & gives the taste of dry & moist in-between bites. So I decided to soak the cake in sugar syrup as kids would not enjoy such a cake. I used Apricot Glaze recipe from Kaffeehaus by Rick Rodgers. I used water in place of rum as I was making this for kids.

The original cake is covered with chocolate glaze and has ‘sachertorte’ written with the same glaze and served. It is a very simple cake to look at. I tried to maintain the same simplicity.

I knew as long as chocolate is there most kids will love it, especially the birthday boy! We have kept him away from most junk food & he doesn’t demand them as well, and on rare occasions when he does, it is easy to divert him or pacify him. Chocolate is one indulgence we have allowed him for past 1 year but again in moderation. ‘Indulgence in Moderation.’ 🙂

Eggless Sachertorte with molded chocolate in tools shape
Eggless Sachertorte with molded chocolate in tools shape

The cake rose beautifully and was deep & rich chocolate color. The kitchen was smelling wonderful – chocolatey & of baking! The taste was just out of this world. Ganache works beautifully always. :)Hubby placed a set of molded chocolates on top of it.

Eggless Sachertorte with molded chocolate in tools shape
Eggless Sachertorte with molded chocolate in tools shape

It was a big hit with kids. Though in the party there was just no time to click a snap of a perfectly sliced cake so here I put together what best I managed in the commotion of 30 people – kids & adults in a small place.

Eggless Chocolate Mocha Cake –

Recipe Source – loosely adapted from Bakin’ Without Eggs

Ingredients –

  • 2 1/4 Cups – APF
  • 1 1/4 Cup – Sugar, granulated
  • 3/4 Cup – Cocoa Powder
  • 1 1/4 Tbsps – Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup – Vegetable Oil
  • 1 1/4 Cups – Buttermilk/ light plain curd
  • 1 Tbsps – Instant Coffee Granules
  • 2 tsps – Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup – Milk/ Water (or use 1 Cup strong coffee decoction in place of instant coffee & milk)

Method –

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C. Grease a 9″ springform pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, instant coffee granules & baking soda.
  3. Add oil, vanilla, buttermilk & milk/ water. With a wooden spoon, stir until completely mixed.
  4. Pour the batter in the prepared pan. The batter will be liquid. Tap the pan against the kitchen counter to remove any air bubbles.
  5. Bake for 35 – 40 mins or till toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove the cake from oven. Allow to cool in the pan for 20 mins. Gently turn out on a wire rack.

Apricot Glaze –

Recipe Source – minimally adapted from Kaffeehaus: The Best Desserts from the Classic Cafe’s Vienna, Budapest & Prague

Ingredients –

  • 1 1/2 Cups – Apricot Jam/ Preserve
  • 2 Tbsps – Water

Method –

  1. Bring the preserve & water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often. Continue to stir & cook till the last drops that cling to the spoon are very sticky & reluctant to leave the spoon, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Strain through a wire sieve, pressing hard on the solids. Use warm.

Assembling the Cake –

  1. Freeze the cake at least overnight wrapped in 2 layers of cling film. It allows slicing the layers much easier & neater. Slice the cake in 2 or 3 layers.
  2. Place the bottom cake layer on an 8″ round cardboard. Brush the top of the layer with apricot glaze. Place the second layer and repeat with juice & jam. Place the top layer on the cake. Brush the top & sides with remaining glaze. Allow to chill for around 30 minutes for the crumb coat to set in.
  3. Place the cake on wire rack & place a baking sheet lined with parchment sheet under the rack to catch any dripping chocolate.
  4. Make the chocolate ganache. It must be fresh & warm for even coating.
  5. Pour the warm ganache in the center of the cake. Working quickly, spread ganache with a large spatula or knife. Use big strokes to push ganache over to the sides of the cake. If there is any un-covered spot, cover with ganache.
  6. Let the ganache set. Then chill for atleast an hour before serving. Serve chilled.

Linking this to –

  1. New ‘U’ 2013 by Cooks Joy
  2. Bake Fest # 15 hosted by Sumee’s Culinary Bites
  3. Cooking with Love-Spouse guest hosted by Hema, event started by Sara
  4. Valentine’s Treat hosted by Cuisine Delights – from the original Spotlight Series
  5. Chocolate Lover by Daily Cuppa


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