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Article: 'Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte'

We are some year 7 pupils from The John Warner School in Hoddesdon and want to introduce a very special German feast to you. We meet every Tuesday at lunchtime for our German Cooking Club and want to tell you how we baked a black forest gateau. The Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, as it is called in German, is named after the Schwarzwald, a forest in the south west of Germany.

Yummy cake!

Typically, Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte consists of several layers of chocolate sponge, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. Then the cake is decorated with additional whipped cream, glazed cherries, and chocolate curls. It is normally served alongside other cakes as part of the Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake), which is how Germans call their traditional Afternoon Tea. In modern times, because of work and lack of time, Kaffee und Kuchen is an event reserved for Sunday afternoons with a carefully set coffee table, tablecloth, and most often invited friends or family. Unlike in England, it is also much more common to have homemade cakes, rather than cakes bought from a bakery or a supermarket.

Here is how you do it!

In the following we will explain to you how to make and what to buy for a Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. Can you find out what the German words in italics would be in English? They are all ingredients and some of them are quite similar to the English words. If you need some help, you can have a look at the list of ingredients at the end of the article.

Firstly, for the sponge, you need Butter, Eier, Zucker, Mehl, Schokolade, Speisestärke, and Backpulver. You can look up a recipe in the internet if you want to try your luck.

Best bit: the decoration!

We will show you how to make the decoration, as it is the best bit. For the decoration, you need to whip a lot of Sahne and spread it evenly over the top and sides of the whole cake. Then fill the rest of the Sahne into an icing bag fitted with a star decorator tip. Pipe (ideally 16) rosettes around the top edge of the cake. Secondly, you have to grate Schokolade and then sprinkle the top and sides of your cake. Don’t sprinkle on the rosettes though! Now you just have to place the Kirschen on top of the rosettes. Sorted! Place the cake into the fridge for about 2 hours and then get a cup of tea ready to enjoy your masterpiece! Yummy!

Try it out!

Now it's high time that you try your luck! Don’t let the big name Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte put you off! We made it, so you can do it, too!

Useful words

Deutsch English
Butter butter
Eier eggs
Zucker sugar
Mehl flour
Schokolade chocolate
Speisestärke cornflour
Backpulver baking powder
Sahne cream
Kirschen cherries