The Black Forest cake or cake is a typical cake of Baden cuisine and one of the most characteristic sweets of German cuisine. It is made up of several layers of chocolate sponge cake soaked in kirsch and interspersed with cream and cherries. It is covered with whipped cream, chocolate chips and cherries. In German, Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte means “Black Forest cherry cake”.

Make a very tasty Black Forest Cake with this simple and easy recipe!

Black Forest Cake

Recipe by caion


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To make your Black Forest Cake, use the ingredients list below and follow the step-by-step instructions.


  • 400g Woolworths Select unsalted butter, softened

  • 11/2 cups Homebrand caster sugar

  • 6 Woolworths Select free range eggs

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 3⅓ cups Macro Organic self-raising flour

  • ⅔ cup Macro Organic plain flour

  • 11/2 cups Homebrand cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • ⅔ cup Woolworths milk

  • ⅓ cup cherry brandy *See tip

  • 600ml Woolworths thickened cream, whipped

  • 600g fresh cherries, pitted and halved

  • 200g Woolworths Select dark cooking chocolate, melted


  • Preheat your oven to 180°C;
  • I’m just chopping the butter into a large dice, this will make it cream easier with the sugar.
  • One and a half cups, and we’re using Caster Sugar today.
  • And beat it until its beautiful and pale and creamy.beating
  • Add your eggs one at a time, you need a total of six eggs for this recipe.
  • Two teaspoons of vanilla and is this is ready for the dry ingredients now.
  • You always want to sieve your dry ingredients because again that’s gonna give you a gorgeous light, fluffy end result.
  • I’m using three and a third cups of Self-Raising flour in this recipe and two thirds of a cup of plain flour. Use self raising flour to give you that beautiful rise in your cake.
  • To finish, add one and a half cups of cocoa powder and milk.
  • Gently mix and place into two baking trays.baking trays
  • Preheat your oven at 180 degrees and place the mixture in for forty to forty-five minutes.
  • I’ve got beautiful cherries which are just bursting with flavor at the moment. Now I’m cheating a little bit which is absolutely fine this is a cherry pitter. If you don’t have one of these little cherry pitters it’s not a problem you just use a paring knife.
  • I’ve melted some chocolate. I’m going to pour it onto my marble slab and show you how to make some beautiful chocolate shavings.
  • The important things to remember are very clean, dry, large sharp knife and holding it at a 45 degree angle to the chocolate. Then it is just a matter of bringing it towards you then you’re going to get these gorgeous curls.chocolate curl
  • Carefully cut each cake into three one and a half centimetre layers.
  • Then add a generous drizzle of raspberry cordial and some soft peaking whipped cream.
  • Make sure to leave a border as the cream will spread.
  • Sprinkle a handful of cherries and repeat the process for each layer.cherries
  • And now for the last layer to finish this gorgeous cake off. I’m just going to dot my cherries around. I’m going to take a little bit more care with this layer, this being our presentation layer.
  • The chocolate shavings on top. And the very last thing I’m going to do is just dot some gorgeous fresh cherries in with the chocolate.
  • Your Black Forest Cake is ready!Black Forest Cake

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