CAE :: Lesson 28



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Reading: Part 2/4
Text with 6 paragraphs missing

ACTIVITY 117: You are going to read a newspaper article about chocolate cakes. Six paragraphs have been removed from the extract. Choose from the paragraphs A-G the one which fits each gap 1-6. There is one extra paragraph which you do not need to use. Then check the correct answers.

GAPS 1-6

Vienna is heaven for cake lovers. After seeing the city's sights, there is nothing better to do than sit in a coffee house and gorge on delicious cakes. These great cakes, or tortes, are part of Austrian folklore, and the recipes for them are closely-guarded secrets. They were invented by brilliant and creative young chefs back in the mists of time and some have even been the subject of court cases between rival confectioners. Now, inevitably, the top Viennese cakes are even available over the internet.

The date was 1832. In a royal palace outside Vienna, the Prince had sent an edict to the kitchen for a new dessert to be created in honour of some influential guests, and was anticipating something special. The head chef was ill and the order ended up with a 18-year-old pastry apprentice named Franz Sacher.

What the chef thought when he returned is unknown, but Sacher kept his recipe a secret and named the cake after himself. He went on to found his own famous hotel and cafe. Today, hundreds of thousands of hungry customers, most of them tourists, come each year to eat the same cake, baked to its original recipe.

Demel, founded in 1793, was one such business. Demel himself, who was baker and confectioner for the Emperor's palace, claimed that Sacher worked for him and that their Sacher torte was the true original. A court of law decided otherwise, and only Sacher may call the cake original. The Demel Sacher torte, as it is now known, differs minutely from the Sacher, but both cakes are made with secret blends of home-made chocolate.

One contender is the Imperial Hotel in Vienna, whose Imperial torte is also sold online, and has a myth and a chef to go with it. This time it is 1873, and Emperor Franz Josef is about to inaugurate the Imperial and Royal Court Hotel. Junior cook Xavier Loibner wishes he could bake a cake for his Emperor like all the magnificent creations donated by the monarchy's top chefs.

Judging by the date, the milk chocolate would also have been a first. According to "Chocolate: The Definitive Guide", milk chocolate was not invented until 1875, when a Swiss confectioner mixed chocolate with the condensed milk made by his friend Henri Nestle. Whatever the origin of the story, it is said that the Emperor noticed the unusually-shaped cake. He tried it, went back for more, and so the legend of the Imperial torte was born. Now Loibner's recipe, a secret in keeping with Viennese tradition, has recently been rediscovered and, deep in the recesses of the hotel, a dedicated production kitchen churns out thousands of these delicate cakes for dispatch all over the world.

So the chocolate cake wars are set to continue well into the twenty-first century. Only time will tell who wins the next round of the battle. In the meantime there is plenty of opportunity to test the market.



CONGRATULATIONS! You have finished  UNIT 7 - LESSONS 25 TO 28  
at OM Personal CAE - Certificate in Advanced English.
Before moving on to the next lesson, please remember to revise everything you have learnt here.


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