One of the things I remember loving growing up was Black Forest Cake. There was just something about that cake that I ended up loving so much. Maybe it was the cherry filling surrounded by the white frosting that paired perfectly with that chocolate cake. With that memory, along with finding beautiful cherries at the farmers market, seemed to be ideal for Black Forest Whoopie Pies.
Whoopie Pies Discovery
No surprise how much I love whoopie pies, below you will find some of my fun creations in different flavors. Discovering them in an Amish market in Maryland and Virginia, totally changed my life! ha ha. Being the perfect few bits of cake and frosting sandwiched together for a dream come true in my book! Not to mention a perfect sweet treat snack.
My weekly trip to the local farmers market led me to find some beautiful cherries! Seeing those dark red berries you just know they are going to be so good! Naturally sweet and delicious. Cherry pies of course, is where my mind initially gravitated to, but then the idea of Black Forest came swooping in.
Black Forest-German Cake
Black Forest also has some significance personally. My husband and I’s first Army assignment was in Germany and we made a trip to the famous Black Forest. Beautiful dense forest packed with trees, beautiful Germany homes, shops, and a fun community with good eats. We stayed at a beautiful new Pension and it was just a wonderful experience!
You probably know where I’m going here. We definitely had a slice of their signature Black Forest Cake and made that a point on our travel check list. I will never forget it, the cake was super delicious but very light and not too sweet. European desserts typically are not as sweet as our American versions.
Specifically, the cherry filling was so delicious, I believe it had a touch of alcohol (kirsch) as well to made it a big boozy and strong. I only wished I took a picture of it because it was beautiful and its one of those memories that has stayed with me all these years (like over 25 years….).
Oh, by the way, we left our day in the Black Forest with a traditional German Cuckoo Clock. What a special day that was. Not only did we enjoy a delicious and memorable cake, but also left with a token of the beautiful Black Forest and a great memory to boot.
Black Forest Whoopie Pie
So as you can see, that was my inspiration for these Whoopies along with seeing those beautiful farmers market cherries sealed the idea.
Staying to tradition to the German Cake, this whoopie has the three components as the signature cake:
- Chocolate Cake
- Cherry Filling
- Vanilla Buttercream
- Chocolate Drizzle and Chocolate Shavings (typically used to decorate the top of this cake)
Love Whoopie Pies? Check out this post with a collection of my favorite creations!