An old fashioned cake that is not actually named after the region of the Black Forest but after the special liqueur that gives it its distinct flavor: Schwarzwälder Kirschwasser. It was supposedly invented by the German confectioner Josef Keller (1887–1981) in 1915 in Bad Godesberg, which is now a suburb of Bonn about 500 km north of the Black Forest. Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte was first mentioned in writing in 1934. In 1949 it took 13th place in a list of best-known German cakes, and since that time Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte has become world-renowned.
It is a beautiful cake. Like Schneewittchen (Snow White) from the brothers Grimm, “as white as snow, as red as blood, and as black as ebony wood”. I used to hate it as a kid! All that Kirschwasser! How could something look so nice and taste so awful! I do like it now but I still usually make it without alcohol for my family.