Linzer Torte The Linzer Torte is a cake with a short dough (a dough that is rolled out) that has a high content of nuts. It is filled with a marmelade (usually raspberry or red current) then topped with a criss-cross design made with dough strips.
The Linzer Torte is known worldwide. In Germany, it is a specialty in Baden during the Christmas holidays. Here, the cake is traditionally filled with raspberry jam. The Linzer Torte is also popular in Austria. The Austrian version uses red currant jam as the filling.
It is not known exactly who invented the Linzer Torte. Cakes with similar ingredients existed already in the time of the Romans. The oldest recipe on record for the cake dates back to 1696 - a hand written note with ingredients. Baker Johann Konrad Vogel (1796-1883) is often accredited with inventing the Linzer Torte. Although the cake existed before his time, he began mass-producing the cake in his bakery in Linz, Austria and made the cake very popular.