Black Forest Cake is normally made up of 4 or more layers of chocolate sponge cake, cherries and whipped cream. The cake is frosted with whipped cream and covered with chocolate shavings and a few cherries for decoration. Black Forest Cherry Torte or as it is called in Germany Schwarzalder Kirshtorte is a sponge cake or Gateau style chocolate cake soaked with cherry schnapps and filled with whipped cream, cherries and chocolate shavings. It is frosted with the same.
Historians believe that the black forest cake was first created in the late 16th century. Germany Black Forest Region was most likely the setting of the first cake. The black forest or Schwarzwald is very dark and mysterious area. Chocolate and cherries were loves of the German people.
Another thought is that Josef Keller invented the Black FOrest Cherry cake. Keller was the pastry chef near Agner in Bad Godesberg. In the year 1915 Keller is thought to have created the "Schwarzwelder Kirsch" or "Black forest Cherry"