Sachertorte is a melt in the mouth Eggless Chocolate Mocha flavoured cake. It is really decadent cake, topped with a layer of thick ganache and apricot glaze characteristic to a sachertorte! A rich cake perfect to bring in a birthday.
Pre-heat the oven to 180 C. Grease a 9" springform pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, instant coffee granules & baking soda.
Add oil, vanilla, buttermilk & milk/ water. With a wooden spoon, stir until completely mixed.
Pour the batter in the prepared pan. The batter will be liquid. Tap the pan against the kitchen counter to remove any air bubbles.
Bake for 35-40 mins or till toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Remove the cake from oven. Allow to cool in the pan for 20 mins. Gently turn out on a wire rack.
for the apricot glaze
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.
Strain through a wire sieve, pressing hard on the solids. Use warm.
assembling the cake
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.
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.
Place the cake on wire rack & place a baking sheet lined with parchment sheet under the rack to catch any dripping chocolate.
Make the chocolate ganache. It must be fresh & warm for even coating.
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.
Let the ganache set. Then chill for atleast an hour before serving. Serve chilled.
Use 1 cup strong coffee decoction in place of instant coffee & milk if you choose.