Black forest cake

It recently occurred to me I haven't had black forest cake for years and come to think of it, when was the last time I even saw one at the shops? When I was a little girl, black forest cake was all the rage and every bakery sold them. It was my go-to cake of choice, as it seemed so adult and fancy but yet at the same time was all chocolatey and delightful.

Perhaps black forest cake is now considered old fashioned, but I very much still wanted a taste. To satisfy my craving, I simply went and made one for myself. If you didn't already know, it really is just a fanciful chocolate cake loaded with cream and cherry liquor and cherries of course. If you like a non-alcoholic version, you can simply substitute the liquor with cherry juice from the jar.
Black forest cake

Chocolate cake mix
300ml cream
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence
Pitted Morello cherries
2 tablespoons cherry liquor
4 tablespoons cherry juice (from pitted morello cherry jar)
Mint leaves, fresh cherries for garnishing (optional)


1. Bake cake as per instructions in cake tin.

2. Allow to cool, then trim off tops of cake to make level.

2. Carefully slice cake into 3 even horizontal layers.

3. Whip the cream with sugar until it holds its shape. Add cherry liquor to cherry juice and stir to mix well

4. Place bottom layer of cake on serving plate or cake stand.Using skewer to poke a few holes in cake layer, then add 1-2 tablespoons of cherry liquid to cake to soak through.

5. Add 1-2 tablespoons of whipped cream on cake and spread with spatula. Then add morello cherries. Repeat with cake layers and cream until desired height is achieved.

6. Garnish with morello cherries, fresh cherries and mint leaves.

16 Responses to Black forest cake

Pamela RG said...

Looks so delicious. I would like a slice please.

Enara Girl said...

It looks yummy. I would need that you come to cook for me. xoxo

Larissa said...

This looks so so sooooo good! I would love to have your skills when it comes to baking :)

Ananka said...

This looks amazing. Wish I could eat it! :-D

Anouk said...

Oh this looks so yummy! I love Black forest cake (or Schwarzwaelder as we call it in German).


Midnight Cowgirl said...

What a beautiful cake! It's been ages since I had black forest cake, but now, I could really go for a slice :)

kidgranny said...

Such a beautiful cake! The ratio of cream to cake/sponge is spot on, too. I love that you can just bake on a whim and it comes out looking beautiful and delicious!

Rose said...

I also did not have black forest for a long time. You made a very lovely cake. Too beautiful to be eaten.

You have a great weekend, my dear.

burntfeather said...

Black forest was my go to cake as a little kid too, I'd request it every birthday :) I'm going to have to make one myself - yours looks so dainty and cute - perfect! On a side note - the bachelor - is on and Ben is semi-committed :P lol

Jane said...

such a beautiful cake trishie!!!

Sharon D said... forest is still my all-time favourite cake. Your presentation is beautiful, Trishie. I am inspired to try baking one for myself.

Sharlynn Ng said...

YUMMEH TRISH!! I totally have been planning for my next cake to be a black forest... it used to be the cake that my mom always bought from a restaurant bakery when I was younger, it was her favorite cake and I just loved the alcoholic cherries and soft chocolate cake! I also really need some more cake pans...and I need some smaller ones so I can make those pretty small but tall cakes! :p

akiko hiramatsu said...

Oh, such a elegant cake!
Your table deco is always perfect!!!


Arni said...

It has been a while since I last had a black forest cake. I love your presentation.

Arni said...

It has been a while since I last had a black forest cake. I love your presentation.

rooth said...

This is my mom's favourite kind of cake - I'll have to give it a go, just for her