A Short History of the Black Forest Cake
There are so many stories behind this chocolate-and-cherry cake!
Cherries, chocolate, and whipped cream are the main ingredients of the Black Forest cake. The version we know is a two-layered chocolate cake covered in sweetened whipped cream with pitted maraschino cherries dotting the top and chocolate shavings covering the sides of the cake. A bite reveals the cherry flavor further incorporated into the cake layers.
It’s the dream cake of those who love the combination of chocolate and fruits. But did you know that the original Black Forest cake should taste different?
Contrary to what you may have tasted before, the original Black Forest cake should be soaked in a cherry liquor that isn't a maraschino cherry and is, in fact, not very sweet.
The cream cake should be a layered confection of a liquor-soaked chocolate sponge with a rich whipped cream, with sour cherries in between the layers. The liquor and cherries used
There are many origin stories about the cake but what is true for all Black Forest cakes is that it's made with chocolate cake, cherries, and covered in whipped cream. Only the German version has kirsch-soaked layers, which is best enjoyed by adults only.
One possible origin story also claims that the cake was created by those living near the Black Forest in Germany—the cake was supposedly inspired by the outfit of a woman who lived in the Black Forest. The outfit? A black dress (chocolate), a white blouse (cream), and a unique hat which sports red pompoms (cherries) on top.
Possible? Maybe, but there are other stories that claim otherwise.
According to the town archivist of Tingen, it was a pastry chef named Erwin Hildenbrand who invented the cake, and it was named "
This story originally appeared on Yummy.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Spot.ph editors.