March 28, 2013

National Black Forest Cake Day

“Romance novels are birthday cake and life is often peanut butter and jelly. I think everyone should have lots of delicious romance novels lying around for those times when the peanut butter of life gets stuck to the roof of your mouth.” - Janet Evanovich

It's National Black Forest Cake Day!

Have you ever mentioned liking something totally off-hand before that someone overheard, assumed you were obsessed with it, and always made sure at every birthday or special event to get you said item? In my late-teens I once told my family I liked black forest cake... not "love," not "it's my favorite," just a simple passing "sure, I like it." For years and years, they always got me one for my birthday until eventually I (wo)manned-up and said, "You know I like pie more than cake, right?"

I never got another black forest cake after that.

Black forest cake - that layered chocolate, cherry, whipped cream masterpiece - comes to us via Germany. It's thought to have originated from Schwarzwälder Kirschwasser, which is a liquor distilled from cherries that was used in desserts - like being poured over cakes.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

Again, I remind you that food holidays - like any real holiday - is a personal experience. How you celebrated Easter and how I celebrate Easter probably aren't similar, but we're both celebrating the same idea or thing. Just because I choose to eat my food holidays on a plant-based diet OR come up with creative ways to capture a flavor of something that isn't "traditional" does not undermine or negate the fact that I'm still celebrating.

Food holidays should be inclusive and fun.

And if that means not eating some dense, heavy baked good but drinking your black forest cake instead... so be it!

(Seriously... Kahlua + Bailey's + cherry-flavored bourbon or brandy... spot on tasting. Thanks!)

Happy National Black Forest Cake Day!