The sweet ambassador of Linz Enjoy a slice of Linzer Torte

Fancy a slice of Linzer Torte? The popular cake from the city by the colourful Danube is both a sweet ambassador and an export success.

Linzer Torte is considered the oldest known cake named after a city. It is available in different variations and it was already mentioned by name as early as 1653. Yet who invented or named the cake will remain a mystery forever. The oldest recipe is from a cookery book that is more than 350 years old: "Book of All Kinds of Home-Made Things, Such as Sweet Dishes, Spices, Cakes and also Every Kind of Fruit and Other Good and Useful Things, etc." Even at this early point in time, the cookery book included four different recipes for Linzer Torte/Linz dough, which reflects how generally popular and widely known the cake was in the baroque period. These old recipes mostly differ from more recent ones in that the dough for Linzer Torte was always prepared using clarified butter, with a stick of butter kneaded into it. In addition, the cake was prepared as a "bowl cake", meaning that it was made in a (silver) bowl – similar to pies today – with a fruit filling and strips of dough on top. Spices were only called for once – in a "well-seasoned grid of dough". Even then, almonds were part of every Linzer Torte recipe.

Sensory show baking

Bakers of Linzer Torte send Linzer Torte all over the world. On a visit to the creative city by the Danube, make sure you don't miss the show baking in Linz's confectionaries.

Cake tutorial

A recipe suggestion for the original Linzer Torte

150 g butter 250 g flour (Type W700) 150 g icing sugar 100 g roasted hazelnuts 1 egg Spices (vanilla, lemon, cinnamon, ground cloves) 10 g baking powder 300 g redcurrant jam Knead the butter and sugar together. Knead in the sieved flour, sifted together with the baking powder, then add the nuts, egg and spices. Chill the dough for some time, then take it out of the refrigerator and divide it into quarters. Roll out three quarters of the dough to a thickness of approx. 1.5 cm (for an approx. 22 cm baking tin), then spread the redcurrant jam on top. Shape the remaining dough into strips and lay them on top of the jam as a grid and around the edge. Brush with egg, and sprinkle with sliced almonds around the edge. Bake for 40-45 minutes at approx. 190 °C.

Do it yourself

Now it is even easier to bake Linzer Torte on your own! Just have a look at the Do-It-Yourself-Video and try to bake the sweet dessert at home.

Where to buy Linzer Torte

A delight right down to the last crumbs! Buy some Linzer Torte for your loved ones or for your own!

Konditorei Jindrak Herrenstraße 22-24 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 779258

Das Bruckner Kaffeehaus Hauptplatz 17 4020 Linz Tel.  +43 732 771018

Confiserie Isabella Landstraße 33 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 779697-0

k.u.k. Hofbäckerei Pfarrgasse 17 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 784110

Marc Chocolatier Harrachstraße 4/OK Platz 4020 Linz Tel.  +43 732 77 54 61

Honeder Naturbackstube

Jack the Ripperl Landstraße 11 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 239899

Hotel Schwarzer Bär  Herrenstraße 11 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 772477