Looking for a decadent treat? How about a Black Forest Cake? An exotic and sumptuous chocolate cake that is originated from Germany, added with layers of whipped cream, cherries filling, topped with chocolate shavings and maraschino cherries. It’s an extremely luscious cake that will make you put calories aside for a moment and simply indulge in the passion of eating the cake. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? But have you ever wonder how Black Forest cake got its name and who actually invented this delicacy?
Traditionally, kirsch, which is a clear liquor distilled from cherries is added to the Black Forest cake, and it was believed that the cake is named after this specialty liquor (Schwarzwälder Kirsch) of the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) mountain range in southwestern Germany. Black forest region is famous for its cherry trees, which inspired the idea of Black Forest cake. Pastry Chef Josef Keller claims to have invented the recipe in 1915; however, it is a known fact that the recipe actually did not appear in print until 1930. Therefore, there is a suggestion that Black Forest cake may have been made as far back as the 16th century.
Today, the improved version of Black Forest cake tends to omit the kirsch and replace it with fruit syrup made from cherries or berries so that the cake is a little more light and refreshing. A typical Black Forest cake contains at least three to four layers of chocolate sponge cake with whipped cream and cherries in between. It is also frosted with whipped cream and further decorated with chocolate shavings and maraschino cherries on top. The unique cherry pit flavour gives the cake a special kick and an extra taste that will linger in your mouth longer.
Black Forest cake is one of the marvelous creations that has a great reputation in the baking industry. It is light, fluffy, creamy and incredibly moist. This intensely rich chocolate layered cake, spread with juicy cherries and fresh whipped cream is a perfect combination that provides an extra moisture and tenderness to the cake. It is absolutely delicious, wonderful for a get-together or just a special occasion. A slice of this black forest cake will definitely brighten up your mood and make your day much sweeter.