The Black Forest Gâteau in the Schwarzwaldregion Belchen

Black Forest Gâteau

"It stands there like a little Snow White — snow white cream, blood-red cherries, dark brown chocolate and sponge bases and thick chocolate flakes as decoration. In addition the aroma of the finest cherry brandy...".

The Black Forest Gâteau is one of the most famous and popular cakes in the world and it tastes best in the Black Forest - naturally.

What is a Black Forest Gâteau?

Black Forest Gāteau
A Black Forest Gâteau is a cream cake, which has spread all over Germany since the 1930s and has become the most popular of all cakes during that time. Today it is acknowledged to be the classical German cake and it is known all over the world.

The essential ingredients are a chocolate flavoured sponge base sprinkled with cherry brandy, a flavoured cherry filling, cream or butter cream, cherries and chocolate flakes as decoration. The exact origins of the cake are not clear and are not necessarily to be found in the Black Forest.

Recipe for the Black Forest Gâteau

The History of the Black Forest Gâteau

History is not always clear-cut and straightforward and above all cannot be proved by clear evidence. This is also the case of the Black Forest Gâteau.
At present there are three likely versions all of which rely on uncorroborated indications and oral tradition and not on any written evidence.

Three theories about the origin of the name:

Firstly the coating of black chocolate flakes could have given rise to the name, as they remind one of a Black Forest.
Secondly cherry brandy might have been behind the name as this is a special product of the Black Forest.
Thirdly there is a possible predecessor by the name of "Schwarzwaldtorte" ("Black Forest Cake"). However, it is probable that this did not originate in the Black Forest. What does seem certain is that the form of the cake as we know it today was not developed in this way in the Black Forest.

What is possible, though not likely, is that the name of the cake is linked to the famous Black Forest woman's costume: the dress is as black as chocolate chips, the blouse as white as cream and the Bollenhut hat consists of a white base with red pompoms, which is a strong reminder of cherries.

Further Information

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