Schwalzwälderkirschtorte or Blackforest Cake is the most popular cake in Germany. Seemingly a traditional cake, its actual history is somewhat more complicated, as its origin and development are not clear. This paper attempts to clarify aspects of German cake culture by researching the historical changes of the Blackforest cake. The first chapter examines the history of German cakes and specifically the "torte," which is one type of cake in the German speaking world of Germany, Austria and part of Switzerland. The recipe for the Blackforest Cake first appeared in "250 Konditorei-Spezialitäten und wie sie entstehen," which was published in Germany in 1934. The second chapter compares and highlights the differences between the Blackforest cake of 1934 and its present-day form. The third chapter considers the broader implications of what changes to the Blackforest Cake may mean.