Viennese are sweet and different!

My name is Ramira and I have been working in our beautiful Austria Classic Hotel Wen for 16 years. The last two years have been a challenge for all of us, which we have mastered sometimes better, sometimes worse. I use the lockdowns and the associated free time to improve my baking skills. I came across "Nora's chocolate cake" and would like to share the recipe with you.

Sweet tooth!

We Viennese have a "sweet tooth" and this is also evident in the many showcases in the coffee houses and pastry shops. Did you know that we say “Mehlspeise” (translates as flour food) to all the delicious tarts and cakes? If you order a "Kakao" in the coffee house, you get a hot chocolate. A "Einspänner" is a double espresso with whipped cream but also a horse-drawn carriage pulled by one horse. As you can see, Vienna is different and Viennese is a language of its own. Of course there are also international coffee chains in Vienna, but we prefer to order a “Großer Schwarzer”, a “Wiener Melange” or a “Franziskaner” in our trusted coffee house. Of course, coffee always goes well with a pastry and here you will find the recipe for my perfect chocolate cake.

Recipe for the perfect Chocolate Cake

250 grams of flour
1 teaspoon Baking powder
350 grams of sugar
1 packet of vanilla sugar
250 grams of butter
200 grams of dark chocolate
250 ml. water
2 tbsp crème fraîche
20 grams of cocoa powder
2 pcs eggs

baking the cake:
Preheat the oven to 170° top/bottom heat. Line or grease a round cake pan with parchment paper. Heat the water, crème fraîche, butter, sugar, vanilla sugar, cocoa and chocolate in a saucepan until the chocolate has melted. Leave to cool for 20-30 minutes. Beat in the eggs on high level. Mix together the flour and baking powder and stir in a tablespoon at a time. Pour the very liquid mixture into the cake pan and bake on the middle rack for 40 - 45 minutes.

We wish you good luck and bon appetit


PS Thanks to my friend Sabine who passed the recipe on to me.


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