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Sacher Torte Heart with Truffle Top

Recipe photo courtesy of LIsa Hubbard

In a twist on a Valentine's Day chocolate sampler, the top of this six-inch Sacher torte, a classic Viennese dessert, is decorated with homemade truffles. These are dusted with three colors of cocoa powder. The small size makes it ideal for sharing with a sweetheart.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2006


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  • esthermarie
    27 FEB, 2012
    Just finished making....beautiful. I only had one heart pan, so I made one and cut it in half. I also used raspberry preserves instead of apricot and Chambord instead of orange liquor. Turned out lovely. It was shorter due to the one pan thing, but perfectly fine. If you want a nice tall fluffy cake, take the time to make 2 cakes.
  • chefbb317
    23 FEB, 2008
    I made this and made a mistake by putting the batter into to big of pans. but I still put jam in the middle(rasberry) and frosted it. Then I cut it into small traingles and served it that way. It was very rich though so Im glad it was thin.
  • pinkcoco
    16 FEB, 2008
    I tried this recipe but what I did was instead of dividing the batter into 2 separate pans I baked it in one pan and at 350 degrees. The cake came out clean but not as thick as like that in the picture it is a little thin but still as good as it looks and i just sliced the cake in the middle with a serrated knife and put jam as directed in one cake layer. And instead of chocolate truffles I decorated mine with red round candies around the heart cake. i gave it to my boyfriend's mother last valentine's and she love love love it!
  • bmiskus
    15 FEB, 2008
    Has anyone else tried this recipe? The oven temperature seems too low to me. I tried this and the centers seemed perfectly set when I removed them from the oven, however, after letting them completely cool in the pans, when I flipped them over - the centers fell in and both cakes were ruined. I tried returning one of them to the oven for additional baking and even after an additional 20 min. at 300 degrees, the center was still not cooked. Is there a mistake in the oven temperature?

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