A baking class in Germany's Black Forest set the tone for what was soon to become my new life as a student and budding pastry chef. Here, on a misty morning among the region's densely wooded hills, I learned how to make the classic Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, or Black Forest cake.
When I stepped off the ferry at Les Saintes, part of the archipelago of Guadeloupe, several island women approached me with colorful, madras-lined baskets filled with the tourment d'amour, a tart-like cake that translates into the "agony of love."
Created by Franz Sacher in 1832, the Sachertorte is not only the most famous cake in Vienna, but also arguably the world. As the legend goes, when the head chef fell ill, his 16-year-old apprentice was tasked with making the chocolate cake for a statesman's dinner party. The rest is history. - As seen on SmarterTravel.com