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The History of Black Forest Cake
Black Forest cake made its official debut in the cookbooks around the 1930s, where it enjoyed a ton of popularity after the end of World War II. There are many different stories that depict the origins of this delicious cake. Some historians claim that it dates all the way back to the 1500s, where chocolate has just started becoming available in European countries.
What is Black Forest cake?
The unique cake has around 4 layers of chocolate sponge cake, whipped cream, and cherries. The cake is topped with another layer of whipped cream before being covered by chocolate shavings and cherries. Kirschwasser, also known as cherry schnapps, flavors the whipped cream.
The sponge cake’s bottom layers are also brushed with cherry schnapps to add some flavor and moisture.
History of the Black Forest cake
To be more specific, it’s likely that its birthplace was the Black Forest region in Germany—it’s well-known for its sour cherries. The region is a popular tourist destination due to its dense forests and gorgeous high lands. It’s well-known for its amazing cherry trees that grow in abundance—newly married couples used to plant cherry trees together in the area. Women in the Black Forest area wear traditional costumes that look similar to the cake, with a black dress, white blouse, and a hat with red pom-poms which look like cherries.
With different versions of the cake’s origin, there are also different recipes. The typical cake makes use of Kirschwasser, but many other kinds of liquors might also be used today. Many people also make it without any alcohol at all.
In the earliest versions of the recipe, the layers of sponge cake have sour cherries in the middle, and only the top part had whipped cream with shaved chocolates. Some non-traditional versions also completely omit using kirsch to make the cake feel a bit lighter, since the additional liquor makes it rather heavy.
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