Germany is a land of innovation. It has given us the best cars, printing technology and the amazing BLACK FOREST CAKE. A juicy chocolate cake layered with whipped cream, cherries, chocolate and then topped with more whipped cream, more cherries and even more chocolate shavings. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? Have you every wondered where this delightful cake originated?
This cake is named after the Black Forest area in Germany and featuresone of it’s main produce, cherries. It is also famous for its cuckoo clocks, dark chocolate, Morello cherries, and Kirsch, the double-distilled clear alcohol they produce from the cherries which is traditionally used to moisten the black forest cake.
The Black Forest Pom Pom Hat or otherwise known as the “Bollenhut” is an unmistakable symbol of the Black Forest. The traditional black dress is the dark chocolate cake, the white shirt with Balloon puffy sleeves are the light real whipped cream, the 8-11 red pompoms are the cherries, and the black undulating lace veil shielding the young women’s eyes are represented by the chocolate curls. Nobody is sure that the ingredients were chosen to resemble the hat, but it is a nice coincidence.The hat is typically passed down from generation to generation and is made by an ever decreasing number of skilled seamstresses. The hat is coincidentally similar in weight they say to the cake you buy in the Black Forest.