National Black Forest cake day
March 28th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Chocolate, cherries and whipped cream, oh, my! - March 28 is National Black Forest Cake Day!

Calling this traditional German dessert a Black Forest cake, which is a cherry torte on steroids, is a lot easier than the original moniker: Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte.

If you're still mystified and/or drooling over what this confection consists of, it's essentially layers of chocolate cake, whipped cream and cherries, with additional whipped cream, cherries and chocolate shavings liberally slathered on top. A tart cherry liqueur is also included in the mixture to amp up the sour cherry flavor.

You'd think it was named for the Black Forest mountain range in southwestern Germany, but the moniker is actually because of the liqueur extracted from tart cherries. The cherry pit flavor and alcohol give the cake a distinctive taste. Here in the U.S., we typically leave out the alcohol, but in Germany, the liqueur is a mandatory ingredient - otherwise the cake can't be sold under the Black Forest name.

Make a slightly more streamlined version of Black Forest cake for a supreme treat that will find its way to your dreams. One thing is for sure, this is one forest you'll want to get lost in.

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  1. Ms. Grammar

    Best BFC I ever had was at the Stone House in Sandusky, OH. Ah, the memories...

    March 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Why's it gotta be black?

      March 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
      • Ms. Grammar

        Because it was just so soulful. :)

        March 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Ms. Grammar

      Oh yeah! Their's was also drenched in Kirsch! It was so delicious!

      March 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
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