This recipe came to me years ago. It orignated roughly 2 hours north of the Black Forest in Germany. It is a family recipe and so it may have differences from what may have been enjoyed elsewhere in the country at family homes or restaurants. This is NOT the boxed cake mix and canned cherry filling type cake (torte), though it does cheat with the canned cherries. This takes a bit of time and patience but will reward you most wonderfully. Prep times and Cooking times are approximates and do not include cooling time.