Imperial Torte – A Slice of History
Like the palaces along the Ringstrasse Boulevard, the hand-made Imperial Torte is a symbol of Vienna’s rich history. Legend has it that this remarkable torte was created to celebrate the opening of the Hotel Imperial in 1873 and to honour his Imperial Highness, Emperor Franz Joseph. When it comes to sweet treats, the Imperial Torte is a big deal.
What began as a special confection created over 150 years ago, is still prepared in the Hotel Imperial kitchen using only the finest ingredients. After sampling the heavenly Imperial Torte, I wasn’t surprised to discover that the recipe is a closely guarded secret.
In recent years, the Imperial Torte offering has expanded to include two delicious additions – the Mozart Edition and Schwarze Orange Edition.
Milk chocolate, almond pastry, marzipan and layers of feather-light cocoa cream make it impossible to stop after just one bite of the Original Imperial Torte. I was thrilled to discover that the breakfast buffet at the Hotel Imperial’s Café Imperial includes slices of torte along with champagne. The perfect way to begin a day in Vienna!
Created in 2006, to honour the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the milk chocolate Imperial Torte Mozart Edition includes a coating of pistachio marzipan around the layers of cocoa cream, providing a unique taste experience.
Schwarze Orange Edition
If you prefer dark chocolate, you will be tempted by the Imperial Torte Schwarze Orange (Black Orange) Edition. This decadent torte’s dark chocolate, flavored with orange marzipan, envelopes crispy layers of pastry filled with delicious chocolate-coffee cream.
Where to Find the Imperial Torte
A visit to Vienna is always an excellent idea, and the Imperial Torte is widely available at the Hotel Imperial, a favorite hotel in Austria’s capital city.
If a visit to Vienna isn’t possible or if you are craving this delicious treat for yourself or as a gift, you are in luck! The Imperial Torte is available for delivery throughout the world through the Office of the Imperial Torte at the Hotel Imperial. The torte travels the world in a wooden keepsake case enclosed in an elegant box, hand-sealed and decorated with silk ribbon. Unwrapping the Imperial Torte is almost as much fun as eating it!
The use of high-quality ingredients ensures that the Imperial Torte retains a shelf-life of eight weeks provided it is refrigerated. If you order the torte online, the shipment process is very quick, and the short interruption of refrigeration will not impact the Imperial Torte’s shelf-life.
- The Imperial Torte is available in different sizes including king, queen, piccolo, and mignon. The Office of the Imperial Torte website includes all of the various options and associated prices.
- The Mignon Trilogy option of 1x Schwarze Orange, 1x The Original, and 1x Mozart Edition is a lovely gift.