Black Forest Cake Recipe

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Black forest cake is a good idea for advanced cake bakers. For a beginner it may seem a bit challenging: the process requires time and constant attention!

The amount of ingredients in this recipe makes a gorgeous tall 4 layers cake, baked in two pans. You may reduce the quantity if you need a smaller one.

I Bet You Have Never Tried Finding Cherries For Your Black Forest Cake Like Baron Munchausen had, Have You?

Black forest cake - mmm! with gorgeous ruby cherries!

Preparing the ingredients

Black forest cake pastry ingredients


2/3 cup flour

1 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

3/4 cup sugar

12 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

1 cup buttermilk or yoghurt

Cherry Filling

1/2 cup kirschwasser

1 cup sugar

500 g frozen cherries

1/3 cup cornstarch

Cherries in syrup


3 cups heavy whipping cream

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract


3 ounce dark chocolate grated

15 sweet Maraschino cherries

making it happen

Slightly grease two 9 inch baking forms and powder them with the cocoa.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Cocoa powdered baking form
Mixing chocolate pastry batter

Mix together egg yolks, cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla extract, baking soda and yoghurt. Gradually add in the flour.

In a separate bowl beat the egg whites till stiff peaks.

Put the egg whites into the yolks mixture and smoothly mix with the spatula.

Mix them together carefully.

Folding in egg whites
Chocolate batter ready for baking

When ready pour the batter into two prepared baking forms and put into the preheated oven.

Bake about 35-45 minutes or until cakes spring back when lightly touched.

When ready, cool the cakes and cut each into 2 layers. You may use a usual thread for this operation, just like in the picture.

Cutting cake layers with a thread
Chocolate cake layers

So by now you will have total 4 astonishing chocolate cake layers ready for the next stage - assembling!

However before that you should have the cherry filling ready.

cherry filling

Cherries for the filling can be prepared in advance. If you use the froze cherries you may leave them in the refrigerator one night before soaked in the kirschwasser and sugar. You can also replace kirschwasser with another type of brandy or cognac.

Alternatively you may use can cherries and let them stay in the kirschwasser for 4-5 hours.

Boil the cherries with sugar and kirschwasser in a saucepan and reserve 1/2 cup of juice for soaking the pastry. Since the alcohol evaporates when boiling, you may add some more kirschwasser for the soaking when the juice gets cold.

Stir the cornstarch in a small amount of water and add to the boiling cherry filling. Cook over low heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Let cool.

In a separate bowl beat heavy whipping cream with sugar powder and vanilla extract.

Ingredients for cherry filling


Soaking chocolate cake layers with cherry syrup and kirschwasser

Sprinkle the first layer with the reserved mix of cherry juice and kirschwasser and leave some for the rest three layers.

Cover first cake layer with 1/3 of cherries and some cream.

Put the second layer, sprinkle it with cherry juice, cover with the second 1/3 of cherries and cream.

Repeat the operation for the third layer.

Finally cover the cake with upper layer, sprinkle with the rest of cherry juice and cover the cake top and sides with the remaining whipped cream. 

Assembling black forest cake: cherry filling and whipped cream
Decorating black forest cake with grated chocolate and Maraschino cherries

Pat grated dark chocolate upon the cake sides and decorate the top with whipped cream and Maraschino cherries.

Now having finished the most pleasant part of decorating and looking back at the mess you have probably made in your kitchen you can now find that black forest cake recipe is absolutely cookable at home! Congratulations!

Time to enjoy yourself!

Bon Appetite!

Tall slice of black forest cake with Maraschino cherry

To celebrate a birthday or another special occasion with black forest cake you may add some mystery, which fits so well with the dark-dark-dark chocolate pastry and juicy cherries. For example, let your guests tell stories in Baron Munchausen's way. Here is how.

black forest cake recipe and unbelievable cherry adventures
What do schwarzwalder kirschwasser and baron munchausen's witty stories have in common?

According to food historians, black forest cake recipe originally comes from Germany. However it is named not directly after the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) mountain range in southwestern Germany but rather from the specialty liquor of that region, known as Schwarzwälder Kirsch (wasser) and distilled from tart cherries. This is the ingredient, with its distinctive cherry pit flavor and alcoholic content, that gives the cake its flavor.

When talking about black forest cake, I've got my own association with cherries and black forest. You may have heard about Baron Munchausen and his famous adventures. If not, I'll tell you a bit. He lived in Germany in eighteenth century, served as a page to a German Duke who later became a Russian generalissimo and participated in the Russo-Turkish War. But what made him famous were not his military deeds, but his taste for witty incredible stories he used to tell. They were first collected and published by Rudolf Erich Raspe in 1785 as The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchhausen.

One of them is beautifully associated with black forest and cherries. It is the one when the Baron meets St. Hubert's stag in a deep dark forrest."Having one day spent all my shot, I found myself unexpectedly in presence of a stately stag, looking at me as unconcernedly as if he had known of my empty pouches. I charged immediately with powder, and upon it a good handful of cherry-stones, for I had sucked the fruit as far as the hurry would permit. Thus I let fly at him, and hit him just on the middle of the forehead, between his antlers; it stunned him–he staggered–yet he made off. A year or two after, being with a party in the same forest, I beheld a noble stag with a fine full grown cherry-tree above ten feet high between his antlers. I immediately recollected my former adventure, looked upon him as my property, and brought him to the ground by one shot, which at once gave me the haunch and cherry-sauce; for the tree was covered with the richest fruit, the like I had never tasted before."

If cake recipes could be told as stories this one would definitely be told by black forest cake recipe. Just imagine: moist chocolate layers - like deep wet and mystic November forest in Germany in Munchausen's times. Fresh white cream - like pure first snow covering the black tree branches. And gorgeous red cherries - as if picked up from the cherry-tree between the magic stage's antlers! This cake creates a perfect mood for telling incredible stories in Munchausen's way.

It can be a good game to play with your guests while enjoying the black forest cake with a cup of coffee or tea - telling unbelievable stories and trying to guess whether they are true or not. Ask everyone to think of an incredible story which could happen or happened to him or herself or friends or relatives. Then let each guest tell a story while everyone else listening and trying to figure out 'true or not'. After the story teller finishes, try to guess whether he or she is telling the truth. The participants may even vote. And to make the revelation more impressive the story teller may prepare in advance two cards: 'True' and 'Lie'. After everyone has voted the story teller raises the card which show whether he was lying or not. Experience shows that the results can be quite unexpected and astonishing!

So what is your black forest cake recipe story to tell?

black forest cake recipe F.A.Q.

How to make black forest cake recipe more healthy?

  • Replace sugar with honey or fructose
  • Use whole grain flour for the pastry
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