The cake takes its name from the clear schnapps made from the sour cherries that grow in the Black Forest in south-western Germany.
The cake’s protected status now means it must be made using kirsch from the Black Forest, in order to be called a Black Forest Gateau.
Local bakers in the Black Forest region, who have long had to adhere to a set of regulations, have backed the decision, reported The Independent.
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