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Black Forest cakes - From the original recipe

Pride of the Konditormeister:

Claus Schaefer with a Black Forest cherry cake from the original recipe.

Black Forest cherry cake - Often imitated - never copied. Here you can try the real thing!

This fresh and fruity delicacy is often imitated, but if you want the true Black Forest cherry cake from the original recipe, you must come to Café Schaefer in Triberg.

Much has been written and made up about the creation of the first Black Forest cherry cake. Here is the real history:

Josef Keller (1887-1981) is the inventor of the Black Forest cherry cake. Keller was the pastry chef in the Café “Ahrend” (today called Agner) in Bad Godesberg. In the year 1915 he created for the first time what he called a “Schwarzwaelder Kirsch”, or “Black Forest Cherry”.

After his time in the military, Josef Keller established his own café in Radolfzell. August Schaefer learned the trade as the apprentice to Josef Keller in Radolfzell from 1924 to 1927. After many years of collaboration, Josef Keller gave August Schaefer his recipe book which contained the original recipe. His son, Claus Schaefer, the current Konditormeister of the Triberg Café Schaefer, inherited the book and the original recipe and has thus been able to carry on making Josef Keller’s original.

The Original

Today the recipe book and the original recipe for the now world-famous “Schwarzwaelder Kirsch” can be found with August Schaefer’s son, Claus Schaefer, the current head chef at Triberg’s Konditorei Schaefer.