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Black Forest Cake Day
"The Cake is a Lie!"
~ Internet meme originating from video game Portal, 2007
Apart from its general deliciousness - chocolate sponge cake with a rich cherry filling based on the German dessert Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, Black Forest Cake achieved more recent 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.
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.
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