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Chocolate Cake Day

"The Cake is a Lie!"

~ Internet meme originating from video game Portal, 2007

Oh no! Lie it may be in the virtual world, but in the real world, the Black Forest Cake is one of the most delicious chocolate cakes in existence! Bakers or chocolatiers may appreciate this namesake tartan's overall delicious colourways (and resistance to chocolate cake stains as well). Named for the eponymous Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, the Black Forest cake, a chocolate sponge cake with a rich cherry filling, all elements are scrumptiously weaved into this layered design. This favourite of chocolate cakes achieved even more notoriety as the result of an internet meme based on the video game Portal. In the game, a Black Forest Cake was offered as an incentive to complete an achievement (and is mysteriously referenced several times within the game as "a lie," although the cake actually does appear at the end of the game). Regardless, the catchphrase "The Cake is a Lie" became its own internet meme and slang phrase used to convey the message that "your promised reward is merely a fictitious motivator." According to the game developers, the game cake was inspired by an actual Black Forest cake sold in a bakery near their company headquarters in Bellevue, Washington. if you're fond of chocolate cake, do you remember these other chocolate cake trends? 1960s "Tunnel of Fudge" Bundt cakes; 1980s Chocolate Decadence cakes; 1990s Chocolate Lava cakes; 2000s artisan Chocolate Cupcakes; and 2010s Flourless Chocolate cakes and tortes; and today's unusual flavour pairings such as chocolate and lavender, chocolate and chili, or chocolate and matcha! 🥮 🍫

By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan combines the color elements of a Black Forest cake, chocolate, cherries, kirschwasser, and whipped cream.

The dessert is named not directly after the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) mountain range in southwestern Germany but rather from the specialty liquor of that region, known as Schwarzwälder Kirsch(wasser) and distilled from tart cherries. This is the ingredient, with its distinctive cherry pit flavor and alcoholic content, that gives the dessert its flavor.

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte was first mentioned in writing in 1934. In 1949 it took 13th place in a list of best-known German cakes, and since that time Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte has become world-renowned.


The record for the world's largest authentic Black Forest gâteau was set at Europa Park, Germany on 16 July 2006, by K&D Bakery. Weighing 3,000 kg, the cake, which was 10 m in diameter, used up 700 L of cream, 5,600 eggs, 800 kg of cherries, 40 kg of chocolate shavings, and 120 l of Kirsch. 

For an authentic recipe with smaller proportions, click the cake!

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