Gluten-Free Sacher Torte Recipe


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This Gluten-Free Sacher Torte is made up of four chocolate cake layers with dried apricots marinated in amaretto liqueur, fillings of apricot preserves, chocolate sauce and finished with more chocolate. Honestly, this Viennese culinary specialty is so delectably delicious!

 

sacher torte on a platter

 

What is a Sacher torte?

There are a few versions of this Austrian dessert, but they all have two things in common—apricot preserves and chocolate. Sacher torte is the most famous Viennese dessert made with layers of cake filled with apricot preserves and topped with chocolate glaze.

 

side view of sliced sacher torte

 

The cake may look complicated, but it is an easy gluten-free cake recipe even for novice bakers. 

With Valentine’s day approaching, I wanted to make this gluten-free sacher torte extra special. So I made the Viennese dessert with four layers instead of the classic two. I also added dried apricots marinated in amaretto to the chocolate cake layers. OMG, this dessert is outstanding

The simple ingredients for Sacher torte.

Most ingredients you probably already have in your gluten-free pantry. However, you will need to add apricot preserves, dried apricots, amaretto liquor, gluten-free chocolate chips and 1 cup of whipping cream.

 

dried apricots in a bowl

 

Are dried apricots healthy?

By adding dried apricots to the sacher torte, I added flavour, texture and healthiness. Dried apricots are higher in most nutrients than fresh apricots. This delicious stone fruit is packed with fiber, potassium, calcium and iron. Research suggests that apricots may help prevent liver damage because of their naturally high antioxidant content.

The cake recipe details,

To start, soak the dry apricots in amaretto liquer. While the apricots are marinating in the flavourful amaretto liqueur, prepare the batter for the sacher torte cake layers.

 

chocolate cake batter in pans

 

To keep this Viennese dessert a little healthier, I made the cake layer with olive oil. I used a basic measure for measure gluten-free flour blend, eggs, pure cocoa powder, some sugar and baking powder and baking soda—pretty basic ingredients.

Once the cake is baked and cooled, slice each cake horizontally. This will give you four layers of cake.

While the cake is cooling, make the apricot filling, this takes about three minutes. And at the same time, make the chocolate filling, which is also used as a glaze for the cake. The chocolate filling is made by melting chocolate chips with whipping cream, a little butter and vanilla extract. Again, this takes about 5 minutes to do.

 

layered gluten-free sacher torte

 

Now that you have the cake layers and the fillings, the sacher torte is easy to assemble by spreading the fillings between the cake layers and finishing with chocolate—nothing to it. Yet, this gluten-free version of the famous Austrian dessert is so exquisite.

 

top view of sacher torte

 

Can you make sacher torte without liquor?

It is not a problem if you want to avoid liquor in this gluten-free dessert. Replace the 1/2 cup of amaretto liquor with 2 teaspoons of vanilla and water to make up the 1/2 cup of liquid. For the preserves, add a tablespoon of water to replace the liqueur.

 

slice of gluten-free Viennesse dessert on a plate

 

How to store sacher torte?

Sacher torte is stored at room temperature for the best taste and freshness. The best part, this gluten-free version of the Viennese dessert will keep for up to five days. Do not freeze this dessert. 

However, you can wrap the cake layers separately in cling wrap and freeze them. Then, assemble the torte, bring the cake to room temperature and fill the layers with apricot preserves and chocolate glaze.

Another Austrian gluten-free dessert made with apricot preserves you may enjoy is the Linzer Cake.

Ingredients

  • CAKE
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup GF amaretto liqueur
  • 1/2 cup pure cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. GF aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2/3 cup fine coconut sugar or granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • APRICOT FILLING
  • 1 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 Tbsp. GF amaretto liqueur
  • CHOCOLATE FILLING AND GLAZE
  • 12 oz. GF semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 Tbsp. Unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp. Pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds for decorating (optional)
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    Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly spray 2 x (9-inch) round cake pans with cooking oil and line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.
  • Combine apricots and amaretto and set aside for 15 minutes
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  • Using a large bowl, beat together olive oil and sugar for 2 minutes. Add eggs and beat until fluffy. Add apricot and amaretto mixture and mix to combine
  • Add dry ingredients 1/3 at a time to the wet mixture. Mix just until all the ingredients are blended. Do not over mix
  • Pour batter evenly into prepared pans and bake for 20 - 23 minutes until the cake passes the toothpick test. Set aside to cool
  • APRICOT FILLING
  • Heat apricot preserves and amaretto on low in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally until preserves are melted; set aside to cool
  • CHOCOLATE FILLING AND GLAZE
  • Heat chocolate chips, butter and whipping cream on low in a small saucepan, stirring as needed, until the chocolate has melted and is smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla. 
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