Vegan Chocolate Sacher Torte and a Giveaway!

I met Yukiko while studying at the Kushi Institute. She’s a completely lovely, beautiful person and a total goddess when it comes to desserts. She’s also an amazing cook, but for today it’s all about the sweet stuff. You see, Yukiko has recently released a brilliant new DESSERT cookbook entitled The Peaceful Dessert Book, sugar free vegan delights. And I just happen to have an extra copy to give away to one of you lucky readers!! {see details at the bottom of this post}

With a wide spectrum of desserts, there’s something for everyone- even those on a healing diet. Her writing style is easy to follow and the directions are clear and precise. Seriously, Yukiko knows her stuff. Like I said, dessert goddess. Favourites of mine include her Carrot Cake with Lemon Frosting, the Lemon Bars (ridiculously good) and an out of this world Kabocha Mont Blanc that will knock the socks/Louboutins off of your guests at a fancy dinner party. This book is a winner.

To celebrate the release of Yukiko’s cookbook, I’m sharing a recipe with you today for a Vegan Sacher Torte, from her blog “The Berkshire Vegan“. Here’s what Yukiko has to say about the torte.

“Sacher torte is an Austrian chocolate cake loaded with eggs, butter and cream. Having said that, “vegan sacher torte” seems like a total oxymoron. Well, that is about to change! … Here is the vegan version, which got the thumbs up from a German friend. The cake itself is not overly sweet, especially if you use half rice syrup like I did in the following recipe. The sweetness in this cake comes more from the ganache. The cake, which has a layer of slightly tart apricot jam in the middle, is served with dollops of cashew cream that is mildly sweetened to make perfect balance with the rich chocolate madness. The result? Not as heavy as the real deal but just as decadent.”

 Rich chocolate madness? It is indeed. Total perfection.

I made a few alterations when baking this cake. Chocolate brown rice syrup is hard to find here, so I substituted maple syrup in its place. It was perfect. You could try using half brown rice syrup and half maple syrup if you don’t want the full bang-on intensity of  maple syrup. I also used a fruit juice sweetened cherry jam in place of apricot, as black-forest cake used to be one of my favs and I was hankering for something along those lines. The second time I baked the cake I used 2/3 cup of oil, which made the cake slightly more moist. Try the recipe as is, and then adjust as you need for your altitude, available ingredients, and personal preference.

To enter the giveaway for Yukiko’s fab dessert book, simply leave a comment on this post! Just say hello, reminisce about your favourite dessert experience or leave a suggestion for a dessert you’d like to see vegan/macro-ized! The contest is open world-wide so everyone can participate! I look forward to hearing from all of you!! The lucky winner will be picked by random. Contest closes Friday, September 7th at 11.59 PM and the winner will be announced the following week. Good luck!

* The giveaway is now closed*

Hubs - August 27, 2012 - 10:40 am

This cake looks exactly like it tasted :)

Karin - August 27, 2012 - 11:18 am

I can’t think of a favourite dessert right now because I can’t get this chocolate cake out of my head! DELICIOUS!!!! I’m glad I saved a bit for my lunch today. 😉

Bethany - August 27, 2012 - 11:19 am

Thank you for including the GF alternatives! I cannot wait to eat this.

Irene - August 27, 2012 - 11:51 am

That looks good!
I’m allergic to chocolate–I’ll have to try it with carob powder!

sandra - August 27, 2012 - 12:54 pm

I wish I could taste it right now! It looks absolutely delicious!
Thank you for sharing!

Bernadette Costanzo - August 27, 2012 - 1:28 pm

Hi Shauna,

Yukiko made a Carrot Cake for my Birthday while my husband and I were at the KI for

Way to Health. I have never forgotten how wonderfully delicious and beautiful it was.

Love your blog. Continued success. Fondly, Bernadette

Tome jo - August 27, 2012 - 3:17 pm

Astounding presentation. Very clean and crisp and delicious looking. Love it!

Jacqui O - August 27, 2012 - 5:33 pm

Looks yummy! I need to make this SOON!

Emma - August 27, 2012 - 7:28 pm

Wow, looks and sounds incredible!

Vinita Puri Richards - August 27, 2012 - 7:36 pm

Ooooooh this dessert looks absolutely delectable!!! I AM A SELF CONFESSED CHOCOHOLIC so ANY chocolate dessert would be awesome. I especially like to combination of raspberries and dark chocolate or hazelnut and dark chocolate. I also LOVE coconut (if this is possible). Perhaps chocolate macaroons? Hmmmm…

Jen - August 27, 2012 - 8:13 pm

I just made a pecan pie (gluten-free and vegan) and it was amazing! I’ve actually never had pecan pie before, but it is delicious!

Mandy - August 27, 2012 - 8:37 pm

It looks like I’m going shopping tonight!! Because I CAN’T THINK ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE! I cannot wait to try this recipe. Beautiful pictures Mrs. Trupp!

Layla Beth - August 27, 2012 - 8:52 pm

I’m ALWAYS looking for new vegan dessert recipes. This cake looks fantastical!


Karmen - August 28, 2012 - 2:01 am

Wow – this looks AMAZING! I’ll try it on a day where I can really commit to making it!

You have such a gift – thank you for sharing your amazingness with us :)

Camila Lisboa - August 28, 2012 - 7:27 am

Hi Shauna,

What a great combination!! You beautiful pictures and post productions with Yukiko´s recipe´s… I was in heaven the time I was at KI, totally delighted with her treats… Never had better vegan/sugarfree desserts in my life!!

With you both great success and hope we can meet up someday to do same cooking together!


Sonja - August 28, 2012 - 8:20 am

This is going to be our Christmas cake! (After a few practice runs :-)) I love your blog. Thank you.

Robin Tinani - August 29, 2012 - 11:17 am

Every single thing on this website is amazing delicious!!! I love you pictures, and can’t wait to try making this. And I’m totally going to win the cookbook.

Kristin - August 29, 2012 - 11:17 am

Looks like I’ll be able to have cake after all!! Looks amazing!!
Shauna YOU ROCK!!

cory woytkiw - August 29, 2012 - 12:01 pm

That cake looks ridiculously awesome. Need to make it.

Suzanne @ RollWithIt - August 29, 2012 - 3:54 pm

Ummmmm…hello chocolate cake! Totally going to try a gluten free version of this. Again, your photos are AMAZING! You make every recipe look fantastic, which in turn makes me want to make them at home on my own. Awesome Shauna!

Teresa - August 29, 2012 - 5:25 pm

Wow! I could almost eat the photos! I am with the other commenter who said they couldn’t think of any other desserts when this one looks so yummy! I will just have to say “Wow!” again!!!!

Kim - August 30, 2012 - 10:12 am

This looks AMAZING! I can’t wait to make this! My boyfriend and I just recently went from Veg to Vegan and I love your website! Thanks for the great info!

Fiona - August 30, 2012 - 10:13 am

This cake looks amazing. My fave dessert is pecan pie! Must try a vegan version.

emiy - August 30, 2012 - 10:15 am

I just started being vegan about two years ago it was extremely hard because I loooove chocolate! But with this new recipe in hand I don’t think it’ll be too hard XD
The 14 year-old vegan

Marissa - August 30, 2012 - 10:15 am

I am making this tonight for my anti-vegan family!

Jennifer - August 30, 2012 - 10:21 am

Finding delicious vegan desserts can be challenging. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I would love to win your book and, if some other lucky person does, I will definitely buy it.

tasja - August 30, 2012 - 10:29 am

this is delicious divinity !!! i had yukiko’s version …sacher love always !!!

Hughie McLeod - August 30, 2012 - 10:59 am

Love having vegan meals and deserts. The cookbook looks like a great gift to give my son who is vegan….
Thanks you for sharing this desertand the info about the book and website.

Judy Rice - August 30, 2012 - 11:09 am

This cake looks amazing!
I can not wait to try it, thank you for sharing

Valeria L - August 30, 2012 - 11:15 am

Can’t wait to make this cake!!!! It looks delicious!!!

christine stewart-hildebrand - August 30, 2012 - 11:16 am

I am diabetic so i cant eat much for desserts. i also used to eat dairy. but before the diabetes and non dairy diet started my favorite dessert was deep fried cheese cake. Take a slice of light banana cheesecake(or any other light flavored cheesecake) put in a flour tortilla fold it in. deep fry till golden crispy. coat it in brown sugar and cinnamon. serve with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce or a scoop of french vanilla icecream. If this some how ever became vegan and less sugar, i would probably pass out from excitement. haha!

Binta Mwando - August 30, 2012 - 12:00 pm

Being a lover of chocolate, I look forward to making this cake vegan style!

ashlie - August 30, 2012 - 12:06 pm

I can not wait to try this recipe. I believe I will try to make it with Joseph’s all natural Maltitol syrup though to really remove the sugar from it. I have used that in other cakes/brownies before and it worked great!

Anne Williamson - August 30, 2012 - 12:15 pm

This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it and to serve to non-vegans!

Susan - August 30, 2012 - 12:22 pm

This looks wonderful! Would love to see what else she came up with!

Michaela - August 30, 2012 - 12:30 pm

Ok, I´ve seen lots of decadent vegan cakes, but I think this one beats them all!! I´d love to have this cookbook at home :))

Kirsty - August 30, 2012 - 12:39 pm

This dessert looks fabulous. Going to make it tonight. Can’t wait to try it!

Terri Cole - August 30, 2012 - 1:24 pm

WOW! I want this for my birthday cake!!

Elizabeth Cassidy - August 30, 2012 - 2:18 pm

This looks Beautiful yet using Almond milk instead of Soy. How about almond flour, coconut flour or something else other than white and wheat? And what about the use of apple sauce instead of oil? This recipe would really pop in the Nutrition world if these subs were used and it comes out just as good.

cristin - August 30, 2012 - 3:04 pm

this torte is stunning! cannot wait to make this for my family.

Martina Hemming - August 30, 2012 - 3:13 pm

Nom nom nom….

Kathryn - August 30, 2012 - 8:32 pm

Oh my goodness. This cake looks so moist and delicious. My mouth is watering! Can’t wait to give it a go…..

Nickie - August 30, 2012 - 11:00 pm

Do you have the nutritional info for this? 😉

Sonya - August 31, 2012 - 8:14 am

Great Blog!! happy to find out!!
loveley pie!!! yum!

Briana - August 31, 2012 - 8:32 am

Wow, looks absolutely amazing Shauna – your blog keeps getting more and more inspiring every time I see it!

MARIO LOPEZ POMARES - August 31, 2012 - 11:02 am

Yes, I met Yukiko Sato and I agree with Shauna. Yukiko has a special talent to make desserts, I think they are empowered with her peaceful way to live. This cake is so attractive, I have fallen in love at this very moment. Big hug and kisses from Spain Shauna, you inspire me to be an artist,it is a good influence 😉

Valerie Monismith - September 2, 2012 - 6:12 pm

Saw this cake in Germany this past summer and didn’t try it as I knew it was laiden with animal ingredients-I can’t wait to make this vegan version. Thank You for this recipe! I would also love to see a vegan recipe for Southern Caramel Cake!

Pamela - September 3, 2012 - 8:10 pm

My best dessert memory – the Sourcream Chocolate cake my mother used to make for my birthday every year. I have tried making myself from her recipe, but it just doesn’t taste the same.
Your cake looks so good, so moist, so … mmmm! I really need to find an excuse to try this recipe!
Oh, btw, I volunteer to hold the fork in your next chocolate cake photo shoot 😉

Linda Wu - September 4, 2012 - 3:04 pm

This looks even better than the sacher torte I had in Vienna (and it’s way better for me – bonus!).

Claire Johnson - September 4, 2012 - 10:51 pm

Holy Vegan Cow!! this looks amazing. I am so jealous of your mad cooking/photographing skills!!
Great job .

Claire Johnson - September 4, 2012 - 10:52 pm

you should do a DIY about how you put together a post (but maybe you shouldn’t give a way your secret ingredients 😉

colette - September 5, 2012 - 6:59 pm

This looks AMAZING! I think you should be selling this recipe to :0)

Meaghan - September 5, 2012 - 9:00 pm

Looks delicious! Definitely going to be requested for my birthday cake, or a Thanksgiving cake…!

Also, I love how nuts aren’t required for the cake. Any suggestions for replacing the cashew in the cream though? Other than peanuts and hazelnuts, nuts (including almonds) give me migraines :S

Victoria - September 6, 2012 - 12:25 pm

Love your recipes, ideas , e.c.t. …. Thanks V.

Lindsay - September 6, 2012 - 1:52 pm

Gorgeous – glad I found your site!! Lindsay

Laurie Ke - September 6, 2012 - 3:34 pm

Yukiko is amazing, I love everything she makes! As a nurse and nutritionist, I’ve served up Yukiko’s creations during my disease prevention lectures. None of my patients were aware of the fact that they were eating foods containing ZERO animal products, and they ALWAYS asked for more!
Laurie Ke, RN,BSN

Kathy Gillane - September 6, 2012 - 3:38 pm

Cannot wait to try this and more recipes! Thank you so much!

Judy - September 6, 2012 - 5:51 pm

Any dessert macro-ised will help me ditch my old eating habits which my recent food diary showed to be junky unbalanced un imaginative……… I love desserts and now I want healthy ones too.

Alice - September 6, 2012 - 6:20 pm

Yukiko’s cooking is simply magical. I fondly recall the wonderful meals that were served at KI when I completed Level 1 a few years ago.

Mike - September 6, 2012 - 8:39 pm

Looks amazing!!!!

Leah Bruhn - September 6, 2012 - 9:02 pm

Can’t wait to try this cake, it looks delicious! I’m a new to macrobiotics and I am always searching for new recipes to try.

Victoria - September 6, 2012 - 10:53 pm

Holy Cow!!! Need..That..Book..

Debra Coldsmith - September 7, 2012 - 8:21 am

OMG… I recently added a gluten-free special person to my life… and he just had a birthday with no cake. :(
Looks like I’ll be baking soon. Thanks for this delectable recipe.

Elaine R-F - September 7, 2012 - 8:39 am

This looks undescribeably delicious! I’ve simply ‘must’ try it. I’m also hoping that you may have tucked away somewhere in your possession a recipe for old thyme Banana Pudding. I’ll be on the watch.

Thanks for sharing,

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Apolline - May 8, 2013 - 5:31 pm

I am in love! <3

Shauna - May 20, 2013 - 7:26 pm

Hi Apolline! Yay!!

Yoon Seo & Dae Woong - May 22, 2013 - 12:54 pm

Wow~!! Just amazing~ I saw it before, and this is the second time. It still looks so yummy~!!:) We love your version as much as Yukiko’s. We want to try your recipe. Thank you for inspiring us. p.s. I love your photographing, too.

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neeraj - March 11, 2015 - 5:25 am

stunning photography!-had never ever thought a vegan dessert that too choclate would look so beautiful!–hope it tastes as good–best of lock!!

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