German Black Forest Cake

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (literally Black Forest cherry torte) is a local specialty of the Black Forest and also known as Black Forest Cake (American English) or Black Forest Gateau (British English).

The cake is made out of several layers of chocolate with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. Then the cake is being decorated with additional whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings. Traditionally, Kirschwasser (cherry schnapps) is added to the cake. It is said that the best Kirschwasser for a Black Forest Cake is made from locally picked fruit as the Black Forest is the only place where the right kind of cherries thrive.

Black Forest Cake can be found in every restaurant and cafe. Even breweries serve Black Forest Cake. Join us on one of our Black Forest Cake Baking Tours and learn how to make a Black Forest cake the right way. Have a look at some of our videos to learn some of the secrets on how to make a real Black Forest cake. Guten Appetit!