I recommend you bake these Sacher Cake Bars as soon as possible; they are that good. There is soft and moist light chocolate cake, fruity jam and fudgy chocolate ganache in every bite. Sacher Cake Bars really are so moist and chocolatey!
Sacher Cake Bars are easily cut into beautiful squares and they can be transported right in the pan. I think they’re just perfect for taking to any gathering and everyone loves them!
- 7 ounces (200 g) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
- 6 eggs, separated
- 2 cups plus 1 tablespoon (300 g) all-purpose flour
- 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 14 tablespoons (7 ounces or 200 g) butter, room temperature
- 2 ¾ cups (300 g) powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup (250 ml) milk, room temperature
- About 1 generous cup (about 300 g) apricot, black currant or raspberry jam (preferably without chunks)
- 14 tablespoons (7 ounces or 200 g) butter, cubed
- 10 ½ ounces (300 g) semi-sweet baking chocolate, in chunks
- 1 ½ tablespoons oil
- Preheat oven to 350°F (170°C). Grease 16x13 inch (ca. 40x32 cm) cake pan with butter.
- For the cake: beat egg whites until stiff peaks form, set aside. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs yolks, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Alternately add melted chocolate, milk and the flour mixture and beat on low speed to combine. Fold in one third of the beaten egg whites, then fold in the rest of the egg whites.
- Spread batter in prepared pan and bake for about 25 minutes. Test for doneness with a wooden toothpick. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
- For the ganache: melt butter and chocolate in a double boiler or in one minute bursts in the microwave. Stir until completely smooth. Stir in oil. Chill ganache until slightly thickened.
- Gently heat the jam to thin it. Spread jam over cooled cake. Spread chocolate ganache over the jam and allow it to set before cutting cake. Stored at room temperature, cake bars will stay fresh for 2-3 days.