Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake is originated from Germany. It is called Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte in German. It means “Black Forest cherry-torte”. This cake is named for the Black Forest area in Southwest Germany. Black Forest area is famous for dark chocolate, Morello cherries, and Kirsch.

Black Forest Cake has multiple layers of chocolate sponge cake sandwiched with whipped cream and cherries. It is decorated with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings. In Germany, the cake layouts would be soaked with kirsch to provide moisture and a little extra flavor. But in Canada, we usually soak with simple syrup then kids also can enjoy it.

You can soak the cake with Kirsch.
You can soak the cake with Kirsch. – photo by On Yi

There are many versions of Black Forest Cake in the world. In Austrian, they add rum into the cake. In India, it is generally prepared without alcohol. In Hong Kong, they have their own version of Black Forest Cake. Hong Kong style Black Forest Cake is not only non-alcohol, but also “non-cherries”. They are using black currants jelly (jello) to fill in the cake instead of the cherries.


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