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Ten of the best Austrian desserts

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Ten of the best Austrian desserts
Cakes at the Hotel Sacher. Photo: Paul Gillingwater

Austria has a long history and tradition of making some of the finest desserts in the world. So where do you start? The Local has had its fair share of Austrian puddings and has helpfully selected ten favourites you shouldn't miss out on.

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If you’ve ever visited Austria you will of course have heard of, or even eaten a slice or two of the legendary Sachertorte but there are so many more delights to sample in cafes and patisseries.

Sachertorte and Kaiserschmarrn (a shredded pancake dish) are on UNESCO's cultural heritage list, and Austria plans to create a nationwide register of its traditional desserts. 

Here is a list of our top ten, and needless to say we have personally tried them all, more than once.

If you’re planning on visiting Austria and have a sweet tooth come with a big appetite, and perhaps some trousers with a stretchy waistband. You’ve been warned.

The Local's top ten includes the oldest cake in the world, a dessert with a not-very-politically-correct name, and a few that involve curd cheese but are nonetheless delicious. 

See the gallery here: Top 10 Austrian desserts

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