For my husband's 40th he has requested a Black Forest Cake that I will decorate as a wine bottle in a crate. I have questions about the recipe itself. I found a great recipe on food.com for an authentic BFC, but I'm concerned about adding so much liquid to the cake itself after baking. The recipe instructs that you poke holes in the top of the layers and pour 1/2 cup of kirsch or cherry juice over the layers (cut right after baking?!?!) and refrigerate overnight to allow the liquid to fully absorb. I'm kinda freaking out because I'm afraid this may cause the cake to become too moist, especially the bottom layer, and fall apart. Is there another technique to add the flavor without adding so much liquid? Is that much liquid needed? Also, for fruit fillings I've always iced a thin layer of buttercream on the top and bottom of the layer before adding the fruit filling to prevent soaking. Should I do the same for this cake? I've seen some BFC with alternating fillings between layers and others with the cherries in the whipped filling. And should the cherries be whole or can I cut them up to make it easier to cut the cake? So confused! I'm using the whipped cream and cherries from the recipe for the filling, frosting with the Dream Buttercream recipe and adhering the fondant "crate slats" to the sides of the cake. I'm using white chocolate shavings on top for the "straw". I'm trying to stay as true to the recipe as I can while accomodating a novelty design. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!