Viennese Delights: Indulge in the Sweet Side of Austria’s Capital

Indulge in the iconic Sacher Torte, a rich chocolate delight synonymous with Austrian culture. Savor Austria’s rich history and flavors through iconic pastries like the delicate Apfelstrudel, and the cozy ambiance of its traditional coffeehouses.

Old Viennese way apple cake. 

Apple strudel consists of an oblong strudel pastry jacket with an apple filling inside. The filling comprises grated cooking apples, sugar, cinnamon, and bread crumbs. Apple strudel is traditionally served in slices, and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Toppings of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, custard, or vanilla sauce are popular in many countries. Apple strudel can be accompanied by tea coffee or even champagne and is one of the most common treats at Viennese cafés.

Another classic would be the Sachertorte. Sacher cake is a chocolate cake made of Sacher mass (flour, butter, eggs, sugar, and chocolate) with apricot jam and a special chocolate icing. The cake is considered one of the most famous culinary specialties of Vienna. The best way to enjoy the Sacher torte is with a coffee and a good friend.

Kaiserschmarren is a light, caramelized pancake made from a sweet batter using flour, eggs, sugar, salt, and milk, fried in butter. It is eaten as a dessert, or it can also be eaten for lunch at tourist places like mountainside restaurants and taverns in the Austrian Alps, as a filling meal. Traditionally, Kaiserschmarren is accompanied by Zwetschgenröster, a fruit compote made out of plums.

Palatschinken is made by creating a batter from eggs, wheat flour, milk, and salt and frying it in a pan with butter or oil. Unlike thicker pancakes, palatschinken are usually served with different fillings and eaten for lunch or dinner. Palatschinken are traditionally rolled with apricot, strawberry, or plum jam, and sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar.

Those who like chocolate will love this cake.
Gugelhupf (Guglhupf) is a Viennese pastry specialty.
A cake is baked in a molded vessel with rounded grooves on the inside and is part of the Viennese breakfast table on Sundays and Gugelhupf is made with a soft yeast dough, baked in a high, creased, toroidal pan. Depending on the region it can contain raisins or Kirschwasser cherry brandy. Traditional Gugelhupf always contains some dried fruit, usually raisins, and sometimes other dried  fruits like sour cherries can be soaked in orange juice or liquor

Kaffee Hauses

Café Sacher offers the perfect setting to sample the typical Viennese coffeehouse atmosphere – complete with a slice of Original Sacher-Torte.

Central (There are coffeehouses and there’s Café Central. The menu includes a broad selection of classic Viennese dishes, traditional coffee specialties, and sweet treats from the in-house patisserie. Live music in the evenings.

Demel – Since 1786 a home of the finest cakes, chocolates, and sweets in the heart of Vienna. Well known for its Kaiserschmarnn-Scrambled Pancakes.

Cafe Frauenhuber – In the oldest Viennese coffee house tradition lives in every dish. A place where already Mozart & Beethoven were invited to music.

Cafe Havelka – The place where you can try the traditional “Buchteln” sweets.

Cafe Sperl – since 1880 a visit to Café Sperl is like a dive into the history of Vienna, a stage for artists and the public.

Cafe Mozart – has been one of the first addresses of Viennese coffee house culture for more than 200 years

Sluka – For 125 years, Conditorei Sluka has indulged its guests with treats for the eyes
and taste buds, body, and soul.

Konditorein Oberla – Since 1974, the Konditorei Oberlaa has been taking its guests into a world of the highest patisserie and confectionary art.

Café Diglas The Diglas has several locations; the main outlet on Wollzeile is a classic
Viennese traditional coffee house straight out of a picture book. Tip: You must try the
banana slice or the Scheiterhaufen, a sweet bread pudding made with apples.

Gerstner K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäcker -The Gerstner once supplied the imperial house and
still more than lives up to its reputation today as a confectioner. Guests enjoy the sweet and piquant treats on three levels with a shop, bar, and café-restaurant, and with the best view of the Vienna State Opera.

Each bite is a journey through time, blending tradition and innovation in a symphony of sweetness.

Na, dann Mahlzeit (Bon Apetit) !!

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