Black Forest Cake & Sunflowers

Last week our beloved German Shepherd, aka grandma, aka my mother, turned 60.


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Every year over the last decade I have made it my priority to make that one day in her life special.
Of course I got her presents – this year a few CDs of her favorite artists (she loves music and movies) – but the things that always bring a smile to her face are cake and flowers.

Staying true to the ‘German’ in German Shepherd, my mother’s favorite cake is Black Forest Cake.

Now, this is NOT one of the easiest cakes to make, but as the good daughter I hope I am and because this one was the big 60 after all, I decided, she should have it for her special day!

I got all the ingredients for the cake on the day before and also picked up flowers, which I planned to arrange in form of a bouquet myself.

My mother loves flowers. Gardening is her hobby. Ooh, I might make a post about that at some point.

Anyways… getting a bit off track here, probably trying to distract from the next part. (⌒_⌒;)

Confession time:
I bought a ready made three layered sponge cake base.

I knew, I would not have the time to bake the base as well as do everything else required to get the cake ready in time, since I still had an eight hour night shift ahead of me.

Do what you gotta do so you can do what you wanna do.

– Denzel Washington

Work ended at 3.30AM and I got home a bit past four.

I actually like baking, working or in general being creative at home during those early morning hours. Maybe simply for the reason that during that time of the day the house is quiet.

No kids running around or fighting with each other. No dogs randomly barking at whatever it was that caught their attention this time.

So, after enjoying the peace and quiet for a moment, it was time to get to work.

Following this recipe: Original German Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, skipping of course the whole first part of baking the sponge cake…,


I started by whipping a lot of cream.



De-stoning one pound of beautiful fresh cherries was probably the most time consuming part.

After cooking the jelly-syrup that would go on the base to keep it nicely moist, and while waiting for it to cool down, I had a bit of time on my hands.

Flower arrangement time.

For the sixtieth it had to be something big, so I decided to go with sunflowers as the main event, accompanied by carnations and chrysanthemums.

I thought it turned out rather well! What do you all think? Feel free to leave comments below and share your opinions on the subject!

Back to cake business.

The jelly-syrup had cooled down enough, so the actual cake making began.

A picture is worth a thousand words.


And this was the final result! I think it looked pretty good and it sure was tasty!


After the clean-up I went to sleep for a few hours and in the afternoon the whole family got together for a HAPPY BIRTHDAY celebration.


grandma and cake

My mother was really happy and after all, that was the whole purpose of this adventure!


Maybe next year I’ll bake the base myself too!

Some of you might want to try out the recipe Original German Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. Drop me a comment below and let me know how it went. (*^▽^*)

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