The 28th of March is Black Forest Cake Day.
Black Forest cake is a chocolate cake flavoured with Kirschwasser liqueur, and layered with cherries and whipped cream. It is decorated with more cherries, and chocolate shavings.
Kirschwasser is a specialty liqueur of the Black Forest area in Bavaria. In the U.S. the Kirschwasser liqueur is often left out, but in Germany, it’s a legal requirement, or the cake cannot be called Black Forest cake.
For decades now, it has been one of the most famous cakes to come out of German cuisine. In German, the cake is known as “Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte.”
If you plan ahead, you could even have Black Forest cake today for breakfast. After all, it’s got fruit in it, doesn’t it?
The earliest mention that CooksInfo has found of a 27th of March “Black Forest Cake Day” in print archives dates from 2013 in Oklahoma:
“March 28: Black Forest Cake Day” — Uptown Grocery Co. Advertisement. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: The Daily Oklahoman. 27 March 2013. Page 15A, col. 2.
Jenn, Lynn. March 28 – Black Forest Cake Day. 27 March 2014. March 28 – Black Forest Cake Day. Accessed February 2018 at http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1113470
Spence, Mike. POTLUCK: Cake, Black Forest style. Pueblo, Colorado: The Pueblo Chieftain. 27 Marc 2018. Accessed February 2019 at https://www.chieftain.com/life/food/potluck-cake-black-forest-style/article_0c07104c-b22e-540f-aa89-3b77b6faac7d.html
Young, Mark. Black Forest Cake In German Is Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte. Tampa, Florida: South Florida Reporter. 27 March 2018. Accessed February 2019 at