Many think this cake is named directly after the Schwartzwalder mountain range of southwestern Germany. Its name comes from the specialty cherry liquor known as Schwartzwalder Kirsch(Wasser), made in that region. This liquor is the ingredient that initially gave this cake its distinct flavor. Traditionally, Black Forest Cake comprises several dark chocolate cake layers and is decorated with light whipped cream with sweet or tart European cherries between the layers.
Baking the filling into the cake as part of the liquid does that. It keeps it moist and adds to the final baked cake’s richness. This cake is drizzled with a dark chocolate cherry rum truffle frosting called ganache. It’s creamy and delicious! Serve it with a dollop of fresh whipped cream if desired.
2 ½ cup Panhandle Milling Kamut® All-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. baking powder
¾ cup baking cocoa
¾ cup vegetable oil
1 21-ounce can LUCKY LEAF ® Cherry Pie Filling
1 8-ounce carton dairy sour cream
2 tsp. almond extract
1 4-ounce bar sweet baking chocolate, chopped
1 cup whipping cream
16 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 Tbsp. Kirshwasser cherry liquor or dark rum (optional)