The trademark for the "Original Sachertorte" was registered by the Hotel Sacher, which was built in 1876 by the son of Franz Sacher. The recipe is a well-kept secret. Until 1965, Hotel Sacher was involved in a long legal battle with the pastry shop Demel, who had also produced a cake called the "Original Sachertorte." Numerous tales have circulated to explain how Demel came by the recipe. The cake at Demel is now called "Demels Sachertorte" and differs from the "Original" in that there is no layer of apricot jam in the middle of the cake, but directly underneath the chocolate cover.
There are various recipes attempting to copy the "Original," and some may be found below. For example, at the cultural event "Graz-Kulturhauptstadt 2003", the "Sacher-Masoch-Torte" was presented (its name alluding to Leopold von Sacher-Masoch), a cake unique in that it uses redcurrant jam and marzipan.
In the video game Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, the player can create a Sachertorte using the item creation system.
In the video game Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, the cake can be found in the portrait of the City of Haze in a hidden bakery, as well as later on, in the portrait of 13th Street in another hidden bakery. The two differ in that the player must pay for the cake when it is found in the City of Haze and reappears when it is consumed.
In the film Persepolis, Marjane's father tells her to try the dessert while she studies in Vienna.
Sachertorte is the "chocolate cake in a bag" from the song The Ballad of John and Yoko