I am having a serious obsession with sweets nowadays. Usually, when I visit a new city, one of my first research is: the typical dessert. I didn’t search in beforehand for this specific patisserie, but I was walking around Freiburg hopping to find a nice coffee place where I could enjoy the mythical Schawarzwalder kirschtorte . Instead, I found this lovely and very traditional confiserie with all different kinds of cakes, cookies and chocolates.
Schawarzwalder kirschtorte, which means literally Black forest cherry-torte (Pastel Selva Negra) is a typical German dessert, specifically from the Baden region. The cake commonly consist on various layers of chocolate sponge, soaked in kirschwasser (sour cherry liquor) which is also typical from the region. The cake is filled with sour cherries and whipped cream. The bottom of the cake consist in a sweet crust similar to a biscuit, and finally is covered with whipped cream and decorated with chocolate.
Confiserie Gmeiner is a very old cake shop in the Black Forest area in Germany. They have been making cakes for already more than 100 years, so I bet they have some experience! They have shops also at Stuttgart and Frankfurt, and even Japan!
The cake shop was lovely. Even though I wanted to order everything, I went for the classics. I asked for the Schawarzwalder kirschtorte to go. Even the shopping bags were perfect, all girly and vintage. The cake also exceed my expectations, it was different from other Pasteles Selva Negra that I had tried in Mexico. The cherry liquor in the chocolate sponge gives the cake a really strong flavor, which contrasts the whipped cream and the bottom crust. But the best part of the cake were for sure the sour cherries in the middle.
I am not used to fresh cherries because I’m from Mexico and we really do not have the weather to grow cherries (we would need larger and colder winters). If we consume cherries on a desert, they are usually those bright red cherries that taste like medicine (I hate them, with all my heart). But in Europe, cherries are common and therefore cherries used in bakery are fresh. And this means that the flavor will not be super sweet and artificial. In fact, tart cherries are usually a bit sour. I enjoyed this cake a lot! Wish the piece was a little bit bigger tho 😦 .
The Black Forest region in Germany has a culinary magic, and this piece of cake was just a minor proof of that. I would need an entire week to taste everything I wanted!
Information on Gmeiner confiserie
Kaiser Joseph Street 243, Freiburg, Germany.