Imperial Torte – A Slice of History

Delicious dark imperial torte Schwarze orange mignon

Like the palaces along the Ringstrasse Boulevard, the handmade 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.

A slice of the original Imperial Torte

In recent years, the Imperial Torte offering has expanded to include two delicious additions – the Feine Himbeere and Schwarze Orange Edition.

Imperial Torte – Original 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!


Imperial Torte – Feine Himbeer Edition

If you like raspberries, I recommend the delicious Feine Himbeere (raspberry) flavoured Imperial Torte . This edition of the Imperial Torte includes chocolate, raspberry, and creamy almond marzipan. Yum!

Imperial Torte – Schwarze Orange Edition

If you prefer oranges, you will likely be tempted by the Imperial Torte Schwarze Orange Edition. This decadent torte’s dark chocolate, flavored with orange marzipan, envelopes crispy layers of pastry filled with delicious chocolate-coffee cream.

Schwarze orange Imperial Torte on a plate

Where to Find the Imperial Torte

In Vienna, the Imperial Torte is widely available at the Hotel Imperial, a gorgeous hotel in Austria’s capital city.

Four Imperial Torte chocolates from Hotel Imperial Vienna

If a visit to Vienna isn’t possible and 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 Imperial Torte Boutique at the Hotel Imperial. The torte travels the world in an elegant box, hand-sealed and decorated with silk ribbon.

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 petits fours. The Imperial Torte website includes all of the various options and associated prices.
  • Vienna is one of our favourite cities in Europe. Discover our favourite things to do in Vienna, apart from eating Imperial Torte, and why we love staying at the Hotel Imperial.

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