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National Black Forest Cake Day

National Black Forest Cake Day

If there’s one thing that we are absolute suckers for at National Today, it is a black forest cake, and you bet we are super excited for the day March 28 rolls around and we get to celebrate National Black Forest Day. First of all, the absolute beauty of the cake itself deserves its accolades — like those chocolate shavings accompanied with maraschino cherries and white cream! Don’t even get us started on the taste because then we are going to be here the whole day. Did you know that the cake was originally a simple dessert consisting of cream, cherries, chocolate, and alcohol? That still sounds tasty, if you ask us.


There are many conflicting historical reports about the exact origins of the black forest cake, but all attest to its delectability. Some historical scholars believe that the cake was invented in the 16th century in a German town called Baden-Wurttemberg. Not only was the time and place famous for its Romantic era, but it’s also known as one of the first places where chocolate started to be added to cakes and other dessert recipes. Baden-Wurttemberg was also famous for its sour cherries and kirschwasser, which is a cherry brandy. It is believed that the black forest cake gets its name from alcohol. ‘Schwarzwald’ is the German name for the Black Forest, and a black forest cake is called ‘Schwarzwälder Kirsch’ in German.

Another story points to the cake being invented in 1915 by Josef Keller, a pastry chef at Caf Arend in Bad Godesberg. But it only started becoming popular around the 1930s. Interestingly, another historian claims that the master patissier, Erwin Hildenbrand, was the one who came up with the recipe in 1930. Hildenbrand had been working in different areas of the German Black Forest.

Today, the cake is enjoyed in many parts of the world with slight variations. The American version does not have any alcohol in it but, in places like Austria and Germany, a true black forest cake must have alcohol in it for it to even be considered a black forest cake in the first place.


1.Dig into that sweet, sweet delicacy

First and foremost, if you are not going to be indulging in a black forest cake on National Black Forest Cake Day, then you need to sort out your priorities. It’s okay if you don’t want to consume alcohol or are vegan, you can still get a cake with all your dietary restrictions. But please, have that cake and make a day out of it.

2.Make a black forest cake

Put on your chef hat and apron, and get those hands dirty! Make the cake however you like but, of course, keep its authentic flavors with whipped cream, cherries, and chocolate. And the best part? You can adjust the proportions according to your liking — so if you want more chocolate, you do you.

3.Try a white forest cake

Since we are on the topic of the black forest cake, why should the white forest cake be left behind? Try one, make one, or make a combination of the two. See which of these two siblings comes out on top. Or perhaps both are equally good in their way.


A. It’s a celebration of the deep cultural history of Germany

It is said that one way to appreciate another country’s culture and history is to explore its food items. The black forest cake has a lot of history attached to it, from its ingredients and the places they are sourced from to how it is sold.

B. It’s a celebration of the cake’s different evolutions

While the essence of a black forest cake has remained the same throughout the years, there have been slight variations in the recipe as it has traveled across countries and continents. Most of America and countries like the UAE enjoy the sweet treat without the addition of alcohol in it. Vegans have also adjusted the dessert to their preferences. But one fact remains and that is the absolute heavenly joy the cake brings to its eaters.

C. It’s a celebration of cake.

That is it. Everyone loves cake. No more explanations are needed.


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