Box of Chocolates

Flourless Sachertorte


Preparation info

  • Serves


    • Difficulty


Appears in

The Birthday Cake Book

The Birthday Cake Book

By Fiona Cairns

Published 2011

  • About

A sensational dark and very grown-up cake. It is not a classic version of the famous Viennese Sachertorte, but all the more moist and rich. Decorate with the birthday girl or boy’s favourite chocolates, and don’t count calories! This cake is so moist that it keeps well for days and freezes brilliantly.


For the Cake

  • 260 g unsalted butter, diced, plus more for the tin
  • 300 g 70% cocoa solids chocolate, chopped


Preheat the oven to 160°C/fan 150°C/325°F/gas mark 3. Lightly butter a 25cm square tin and line the base with baking parchment.

Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over very gently simmering water, making sure the bowl does not touch the water. Set