One of the best-known German cakes is the Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, aka. the Black Forest Gateau. The name of this cake references what is probably the most famous German forest – der Schwarzwald (The Black Forest) in Baden-Württemberg. However, this cake is not named after the Schwarzwald itself, but after the liquor used in the cake, which comes from that region. This liquor is called das Schwarzwälder Kirschwasser – literally, ‘the Black Forest cherry water’. So, to experience a truly authentic Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, get your hands on a slice that has some Schwarzwälder Kirschwasser in it!

What Cake Can Teach Us About Germany

Posted by Constanze on Aug 5, 2020 in Culture, Food, Geography, Travel

Guten Tag! This is the first in a two-part series on one of my favourite subjects: Cake (der Kuchen in German)- specifically, German cakes with interesting, often place-specific, names. We will look at why those cakes are named the way they are, and learn a little language, culture and history in the process. So, as well as being lecker (delicious), let’s see what the world-famous German Kuchen can teach us!

Die Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte

Image via Pixabay.

One of the best-known German cakes is the Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, aka. the Black Forest Gateau. The name of this cake references what is probably the most famous German forest – der Schwarzwald (The Black Forest) in Baden-Württemberg. However, this cake is not named after the Schwarzwald itself, but after the liquor used in the cake, which comes from that region. This liquor is called das Schwarzwälder Kirschwasser – literally, ‘the Black Forest cherry water’. So, to experience a truly authentic Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, get your hands on a slice that has some Schwarzwälder Kirschwasser in it!

der Schwarzwald. Image via Pixabay.

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