The Sachertorte was another technical challenge on Series Two of GBBO and trying this out timed well with me needing to bake a cake for a friend who was moving into his new home, on his birthday. I thought this would be homely but special.
It needed to be gluten free so I exchanged the normal flour for a gluten free version. As it’s a dense cake using almond meal already I didn’t think it would make any difference. I’m pretty sure it didn’t. I think the main thing I was hoping for was a smooth, flat top on the cake as in the actual technical challenge all the bakers got a ridge round the outside because the cake sunk in the middle and it meant when the ganache went on it looked lumpy.
There were some little air bubbles and a few cracks but all in all a nice finish I thought.
Now for the ganache. Heat up cream and when you can see steam, take it off the heat and stir in the chocolate until it melts. Easy no? I thought mine went well and there was a definite shine. Only trouble was I had to sign off for the night at that point, so it looked shiny when I left to go to bed. Next day, it had gone from gloss to matt finish.
For the decoration I decided to stick with Sacher but the melted chocolate was hot and runny so after making somewhat of a hash of the writing, I ended up dribbling a little on the edge. This led to me going a little rogue and just dribbling all over. Have to say I think an evening class or two in piping would probably be of great benefit!
And now for the taste. I took it to the moving in/birthday gathering and it was tried by many. One piece of feedback was that they liked it because it was chocolatey but not too sweet. I think that’s good praise for a Sachertorte. I liked it, would definitely do it again. Here’s what it looked like.
I’m thinking maybe even a seven out of 10? Points lost mostly on piping which looked much like one of Jackson’s drawings.
Jackson Pollack’s drawings maybe? Looks yummy. I’ve always found Sachertorte (when I’ve eaten it- never made it) too dense and a but dry, but yours doesn’t look like that at all. Delicious! X