Black Forest Cake Recipe

My recipe for success!

Chocolate, cherries and fresh whipped cream, yum!


After a warm spring day spent in Germany's popular Black Forest, I visited this small family owned restaurant. I ordered Schnitzel and Kartoffen for my hearty first course meal and then the owner presented a dessert list. I ordered a slice of Schwarzwlderkirschtorte, which in short, means Black Forest cake.

There it was! A mouth watery slice of chocolate cake topped with cherries and fresh whipped cream, just as I have seen for many years on my old childhood German cookbooks!

But not to worry! Black Forest cake can be made easily at home, so head for the supermarket, look for these specific ingredients and enjoy!

BLACK FOREST CAKE (Without the need to fly overseas)

1 Package dark moist chocolate cake mix

1 can cherry pie filling

1 container cool whip

Semi-sweet chocolate

Prepare the cake mix as instructed according to package. Bake. In the meanwhile, using a knife cut swirls of chocolate sufficient to decorate the top and sides of cake. Refrigerate the chocolate swirls. When your kitchen smells like chocolate cake and your neighbors are knocking on your door begging for a slice, take the cake out and let it chill. Once chilled, using a long bread knife, separate top and bottom of cake. Fill cake with a layer of half the whipped cream and top with half can of cherries. Cover with top of cake and top it with the rest of the whipped cream. Place some cherries in the middle of cake forming a little circle. Then sprinkle on the top and the sides the chocolate swirls. Place cherries all around the cake.

This recipe is very easy to make. Traditionally, the cake layers are several and the layers are moistened with a liquer called Kirsch. Kirsh may be hard to find, it basically consists of a clear Brandy with the fermented juice of a special black cherry. It can be replaced by using any other cherry liquer.

Historians believe this cake was created in the 16th century in the State of Baden-Wrttemberg. This region is specifically famous for it's sour cherries that are still used for the authentic recipe. The decadent chocolate, refreshing whipped cream and juicy cherries, make this German Torte simply irresistible!

Other than taste, the great thing about Black Forest cake is that the cake is very appealing and can easily be confused with a store bought cake! I love to make Black Forest cake, it brings me back to that great day spent in the Black Forest and all my family and friends adore it!

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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Oh, this looks so tasty! Thanks for sharing a recipe. Steph

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robie2 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

Chocolate,cherries and whipped cream--all my favorites:-) yum !

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2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Sounds easy, but I think I would prefer it with real cream, rather than synthetic. You would always get real cream in Germany.

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alexadry 8 years ago from USA Author

Definetly agree, I come from Italy and we use authentic whipped cream too!

Kevin 7 years ago

That is one great recipe, I am in the good books for a long time. thanks

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alexadry 7 years ago from USA Author

Thanks, I enjoy this cake in the spring early summer because it is so easy and refreshing!

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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Wow! I hope mine will look like that...Saved it for a future recipe...Thanks!

Christopher 6 years ago

What's the point? Cake mix from a box, cool whip, "cherry pie filling" from a can--why bother? Just buy a cake from a bakery if you're not willing to do any more than that!

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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

The point is you will get a great tasting cake for a fraction of the cost and a fraction of time of those expensive ones you get from the bakery!

Friend945 6 years ago

We really love the black forest cake!:) Thanks for the recipe:)

safa 5 years ago

We really love the black forest cake!:) Thanks for the recipe:)

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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Happy to hear you like it!

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