Black Forest Cake History and Recipe
Black Forest cake has multiple (usually 4) layers of chocolate sponge cake, cherries, and whipped cream. It is frosted with whipped cream and covered with chocolate shavings and a few cherries for decoration. Kirschwasser (cherry schnapps) is used to flavor the whipped cream. The bottom layers of sponge cake are also brushed with Kirschwasser (cherry schnaps) to provide moisture and a little extra flavor.
There are many other ideas on how the cake originally got its name. Some historians say that it is possible that the cake got its name from the traditional costume worn by women in the Black Forest. The dress was black (just like the chocolate flakes), the blouse is white (like the cream), and the hat has red pom-poms that look just like cherries. Called Schwarzwderkirschtorte in German, which means Black Forest Cherry Torte or Gateau.
OTHER NAMES: Black Forest Cherry Torte, Black Forest Gateau, (British English) Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (in German)
Pre-made an unleavened chocolate cake and slice in 4 layers after cool. (Or, make 4 individual cakes) Prepare Kirsch syrup, whipped cream (or butter cream), cherries, chocolate shavings, and other decoration.
To assemble a Black Forest Cake, place the first layer of cake on a cake plate. Brush 1/3 of Kirsch syrup on cake, and spread a layer of cream. Add cherries evenly on top of cream. Place second layer of cake and repeat. Do the same for the third layer. Lastly, place the fourth layer of cake and brush the rest of Kirsch syrup. Cover the entire cake with cream.
Before serving, refrigerate the cake for several hours or overnight. Right before serving, decorate the cake with cream, cherries, chocolate shavings, and other toppings.
Chocolate cake/genoise (flour, egg, sugar, cocoa powder, butter), Kirsch, cherries, whipped cream frosting, chocolate shavings.
Alcohol: Rum, Cherry Brandy