Though the recipes can vary slightly, the Black Forest Cake is a sponge cake or Gateau style chocolate cake filled with whipped cream, cherries and chocolate shavings, and frosted with the same.
This cake is named for the Black Forest area in Germany and features one of its main crops, cherries. The Black Forest is an area in Southwest Germany that got its name many centuries ago from how thick and wooded it used to be with fir and pine trees. It is also famous for its cuckoo clocks, dark chocolate, Morello cherries, and Kirsch, the double-distilled clear alcohol produced from the cherries.
The funniest thing about this German dessert is its many dark names: Black Forest gâteau (British English), Black Forest cake (American English and Australian English) and Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (literally "Black Forest cherry-torte", in German). In Italy it is called Torta Foresta Nera and Spanish its name is Torta Selva Negra.
* Did you know?
- Josef Keller (1887-1981) invented the Black Forest cherry cake in the year 1915.
- March 28 is the National Black Forest Cake Day in America.