The Black Forest Cake is something of a misnomer. In its native german, the cake goes by the name of Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, which literally translates to Black Forest cherry torte. And you can see by the assembly that it is as much a cake as a Boston Cream Pie is a pie.
A Black Forest Cake is constructed by layering chocolate cake, whipped cream, and cherries on top of each other. It’s capped at the top with another round of chocolate cake, and then the whole thing is dressed down with more whipped cream and often decorated with cherries and chocolate shavings on top. Or, at least, that’s how it’s supposed to be done.
[Fun Fact: This cake gets its name not because the cake itself came out of Germany’s Black Forest, but because it is traditionally doused with a cherry liquor that hails from the region.]
What Makes a Black Forest Cake?
While this torte certainly has an involved and illustrious background, the most important part is what you get to eat. This is a dessert that combines iconic flavors that westerners recognize in german desserts.
Chocolate is the foundation on which this cake is built. The entire region gets credit for mastery of refining and bringing out the richness and depth of chocolate. It should be no surprise that the swiss and the swedes have both also adopted their own versions of this cake. The rich, chocolate foundation is built upon by a traditionally tart cherry flavor profile. And while chocolate comes off as earthy and heady, the dull acidity of tart cherries provides a high note that plays against chocolate’s base flavors. And of course, the whole thing is tied together with the creamy, sweet texture of ample amounts of whipped cream.
The problem is, a Black Cherry Cake is entirely too fragile to pack out to a campsite, and way too involved to make with the tools you have. Or it is?
The Solution: Black Forest Cobbler
The Black Forest Cobbler is a great substitute when you’re craving the rich, engaging flavors of a Black Forest Cake but you’re nowhere near a kitchen. All of the ingredients are stable and can survive your trek, so there’s no reason not to treat yourself!
- 1 Package of chocolate cake mix
- 1 Can of cherry pie filling
- 1 Can soda pop – cherry or lemon lime
- 1 Hershey chocolate bar
- Empty pie filling into a Non Stick 9 Inch Pie Pan.
- Sprinkle about 3/4 of cake mix on top in an even layer.
- Pour half of the can of soda on top of cake mix. Aim for even distribution.
- Mix the soda into the cake mix, taking care not to disturb the pie filling underneath.
- Break chocolate bar into small pieces, sprinkling on top.
- Put four small pebbles in a Cast Iron 4 Quart Round Dutch Oven. Place the pie tin on top of the pebbles.
- Cover your Dutch oven and set on a small circle of coals. Cover the lid with coals.
- Cook at about 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, or until the cake looks done when cut or poked.
And that’s a way to MacGyver a crumble worthy of the Black Forest Name even when you’re in the wilderness!!
Have you tried this recipe? How did it work for you? Tell us about it in the comments below!
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