History Black Forest Cake | Pondan.com – You’re familiar with a cake called Black Forest, right? The German dessert consists of four layers of chocolate sponge cake filled with cherries and cream which is then covered and decorated with more cream, cherries and chocolate shavings. Do you ever wonder how this sweet and creamy cake got a name that sounds mysterious and dark?
Historians believed the Black Forest cake originated from the late 16th century in the Der Schwarzwald region (Black Forest) located in the state of Baden-Wttemberg. However this dessert was not named after the place, but from its region’s classic liquor, known as Schwarzwälder Kirsch (wasser) and distilled from the sour cherry Morello. In that era, chocolate was added to cake for the first time. Germans’ love for both the liquor and the chocolate produced a beautiful cake.
Similar to Traditional Clothes
The Black Forest cake is kind of similar to the traditional costume worn by women in the Black Forest region. The dress is black like a chocolate cake, the blouse is white like cream, the hat, Bollenhut, has red pom-poms that look like cherries, and the black lace veil that protects the eyes looks like chocolate flakes. No one is sure whether the cake’s ingredients were selected to resemble the outfit, but this is a good coincidence. The hat is even believed to have a weight similar to the Black Forest cake.
Josef Keller (1887-1981) was the inventor of the Black Forest cherry cake. Keller is a pastry chef in Caf “Ahrend” (today called Agner) in Bad Godesberg. In 1915 he created a cake which he called “Schwarzwaelder Kirsch”, or “Black Forest Cherry” for the first time.
After his time in military, Keller set up his own cafe, Radolfzell. August Schaefer was trusted with Radolfzell’s trade from 1924 to 1927. After years of collaboration, Keller gave Schaefer his recipe book containing the original recipe of the Black Forest cake. The recipe book was inherited to his son, Claus, who continues to carry Keller’s original recipe.
Meanwhile, an archivist of Tübingen, Germany, found a photograph showing Erwin Hildenbrand, a pastry chef from Cafe Walz in Tübingen making a Black Forest cake in the spring of 1930. Previously, he worked in several places in the Black Forest.
The record for the world’s largest authentic Black Forest cake was made by K & U Bakery in Europa Park, Germany on July 16, 2006. The cake is nearly 80 m² and weighs 3,000 kg. The 10 m diameter cake used 700 liters of cream, 5,600 eggs, 800 kg of cherries, 40 kg of chocolate shavings, and 120 liters of kirsch.
Additionally, on December 9, 2012, a team led by chefs Jörg Mink and Julien Bompard made the biggest Black Forest cake in Asia. Took place at S-One Expo, Singapore, the team succeeded in making the 500-kg cake made from 165 liters of cream, 1,500 eggs, 68 kg of cherries, 60 kg of chocolate shavings, and 10 liters of kirsch.
Well, that is the history of Black Forest cake from Germany. In ancient times, this cake was only available to upper class people in big cities including Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. But luckily times have changed. This creamy chocolate cake now can be enjoyed by anyone, anywhere. For those who are beginners to baking can also make it. Use Pondan cake mix Blackforest which comes in two choices, baked or steamed. Do not forget to try other Pondan cake mix, such as Kastangle, Pancake, and Brownies. It is very easy to make and tastes great!