Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

Every year my family typically celebrates Father’s Day in conjunction with my grandpap’s birthday since it always falls within a few days of the holiday. Last year when I made dessert I wanted to make a cake that incorporated one of my his all-time favorite desserts/snacks: Oreo cookies. So, I served up the Cookies and Cream Oreo Cake to much fanfare. It was a huge hit and everyone loved it. This year I didn’t want to go the Oreo route again (after all, variety is the spice of life, right?), so I started thinking about the other sweets he enjoyed. A light bulb went off. He loves chocolate-covered cherries. And what fabulous cake combines chocolate and cherries? Black Forest Cake! Easy, done. Plus, I could cross it off of My 100 list. Gotta love when you can kill two birds with one stone! In all honesty, I am not a huge fan of the chocolate-cherry combination, but this cake was phenomenal! It had just the right balance of flavors and the whipped cream kept it from being too heavy-tasting.

Black Forest Cake

Once I decided to make Black Forest Cake, I set off to find some recipes. I immediately turned to both The Cake Bible and Baking Illustrated, and both had fabulous-sounding recipes for multi-layer, torte-style Black Forest Cakes. Those are the type of recipes that usually make me do a kitchen jig. But not this time. The problem? I had been under the weather (aren’t summer colds the worst?!), and had two cookie orders that needed to be finished. So, shockingly, I didn’t want to spend much more time in the kitchen. The bare minimum, actually. And while both recipes sounded insanely fantastic (and I will try at least one of them eventually), they were involved and time-consuming. So I used the general ideas of chocolate cake, cherries soaked in Kirsch, and whipped cream to create a much more time-friendly version that is pretty darn amazing, if I may say so myself.

Enjoy!

Black Forest Cake

One year ago: Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons
Two years ago: Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Black Forest Cake

Yield: 10 to 12 servings

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 30 to 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients:

For the cake:
2 cups sugar
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup cocoa powder
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup whole milk
½ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

For the cherries:
1 can (20 ounces) cherries, drained
¼ cup Kirsch or other brandy

For the whipped cream:
1½ cups heavy cream, chilled
½ cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

2. Whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Divide batter between the two prepared pans.

3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until thin knife inserted into center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.

4. Reserve 12 cherries for decorating. Combine the remaining cherries and the Kirsch; set aside.

5. To make the whipped cream, combine the heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract and whip until soft to almost-stiff peaks form. Refrigerate whipped cream until ready to use.

6. Once the cakes are cool, level the tops and place one layer on a serving platter. Using a slotted spoon, remove the cherries and place on the cake layer. Top with about ½ to ¾ cup whipped cream, spreading over cherries (that's an estimation, as I didn't measure, just covered the cherries and spread into an even layer). Place the second layer on top, and frost the entire cake with the remaining whipped cream. Decorate as desired. (I used a 1M tip to pipe on top and placed the reserved cherries on top of each decorative star, and then lined a bottom border with chocolate shavings.)

* Note: If you do not have Kirsch or brandy, or would rather not use alcohol, reserve ¼ cup of the juice/syrup from the canned cherries before draining.

* Note: To make chocolate shavings, scrape a melon baller across a block of chocolate (or back of a candy bar). To attach them to the cake, lift them with an offset spatula and gently touch them to the sides of the cake.

(Chocolate cake recipe adapted from Hershey's)

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131 Responses to “Black Forest Cake”

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet on June 22, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I love a good black forest cake. This looks delicious!

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  2. Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes on June 22, 2010 at 11:14 am

    That cake looks beautiful! I think I would definitely enjoy a slice of that!

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  3. Kare on June 22, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Holy crap. I mean that in a good way. This looks friggin’ amazing.

    And thanks for the idea of using the melon baller to create the chocolate shavings. Awesome.

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  4. Tres Amie on June 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Did you use sweet or sour cherries? It looks incredible :)

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  5. Tina from PA on June 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Oh My ! YUM!

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  6. Eliana on June 22, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    This cake looks stunning Michelle. Wish I had a big piece to enjoy after my lunch right now.

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  7. Amanda on June 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Wow, this looks simply amazing. What I wouldn’t give for a slice of that right now, yum!

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  8. howtobaker on June 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks for the great recipe! I love black forest cake.

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  9. Maria on June 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Ok, that cake is amazing!! Fantastic job! My brother loves black forest cake, I am going to make this one for him!

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  10. Kristen on June 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    This cake takes me back to my childhood. My mom first made a Black Forest “torte” when I was about 8 years old. She made it for a dinner party she was having, but there were leftovers the next morning. I remember a thick butter cream laced with kirsch and cherries between dense, moist chocolate layers. It took so much work, that I don’t remember her ever making one again.

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  11. Belinda @zomppa on June 22, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Multiple celebrations! Fantastic way to acknowledge with this cake (and Oreo ice cream – my favorite).

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  12. Margaret on June 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I only have one word for this cake MMMMMmmmmmmm!!!!!!!

    I haven’t made one of these in years. What a great motivator.

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  13. Ambika Venkat on June 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Oh my gosh! Absolutely gorgeous!

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  14. The Chocolate Priestess on June 22, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Oh, interesting that you put the cherries between the layers as well as on top. I bet that was a nice surprise for people when they got a slice.

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  15. Chef Dennis on June 22, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    that is a beautiful cake, so rich and moist!
    I would love a big hunk of that….I bet your family loved it!

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  16. Magic of Spice on June 22, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Oh yes, best cake ever… This looks scrumptious!

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  17. Cheah on June 23, 2010 at 3:55 am

    This cake is so beautiful, looks too good to be eaten! Bet it’s delicious!

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  18. Sharlene (Wheels and Lollipops) on June 23, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Delish ! The Cake Bible is my go to book for cakes, her cakes are fool proof !

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  19. sana on June 23, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Beautiful cake! Thanks for the tip on the liquor substitute.I was just about to ask you the same thing when I scrolled down and read that. You seem to know your readers well!!

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  20. The Brunette Foodie on June 23, 2010 at 8:01 am

    This looks amazing! Now I want to make a cake :)

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  21. Heather T on June 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Looks delish, and I LOVE choco cherries. Quick question – how do you keep your whipped cream ‘frosting’ from deflating? Usually when I make whipped cream at home to use on desserts or sundaes, it needs re-whipped the next day because it’s deflated and melted ice cream looking. Any hints or suggestions would help! thanks!

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  22. Tracy on June 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Yum! I’m dieting right now, and this picture is killing me. ;-)

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  23. Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective on June 23, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    It amazing! I love how moist the cake layers look!

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  24. Fuji Mama on June 23, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    This cake is absolutely STUNNING! Girl, you got mad skillz! :)

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  25. Angie on June 24, 2010 at 10:26 am

    This looks so good! I love black forest cake, and have never seen one so pretty!

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  26. Cookin' Canuck on June 24, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Sometimes I find black forest cake too heavy for my liking, so I really like the lighter frosting in your recipe.

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  27. geetha on June 24, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    hello browneyedbaker, i am from india and am following your website for the past many months.

    though, i kept away from commenting, enjoying your recipes and pictures rather; the black forest cake recipe broke my hiatus and am very happy about it. my sister is coming over from singapore and i was frantically searching for a black forest cake to welcome her. thank u so much for the timely post..

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  28. Jason Sandeman on June 24, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Out of all the cakes I learned how to make in school, black forest cake is my favorite. I cannot really eat it anymore, due to diabetic restrictions, but it still is my favorite.

    I do have a tip for you if you don’t mind. When your cakes are cool, mix in a little kirsch with some simple syrup. Before you put the icing on them, dabble a bit of the kircsh simple syrup on the top of the cake. It will hold the moisture better and for longer, and really drive home the special quality of the black forest cake.

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    • Michelle on June 29th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

      Hi Jason, Thank you so much for the tip on brushing the kirsch/simple syrup on the cake to keep it moist. Will definitely do that next time!

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  29. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on June 24, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    What a lovely cake! I’ve never seen such a gorgeous black forest cake before!

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  30. Steve on June 25, 2010 at 12:34 am

    I want a piece of this right now!!!! Yum

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  31. Sasa on June 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    It’s Black Forest Week! I saw this over at Passionate About Baking too but if I saw it a million times, it wouldn’t be too many, I mean chocolate and whipped cream, say no more. Found you through Smith Bites’ #FF ^_^

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  32. Jen @ How To: Simplify on June 25, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    What a gorgeous cake! I want a piece of this for dessert tonight!

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  33. Shirley on June 30, 2010 at 2:43 am

    I adore black forest cake. That is a thing of beauty.

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  34. Ashley on July 5, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Mmm this looks amazing! I know my fiance would love it.

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  35. Anissa on July 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Boy oh boy was this fantastic. I used cherries that we had pitted and frozen last year. I heated them up on the stove, added some sugar, cornstarch and a bit vanilla and thickened it up. Then when I put the cherries on the middle layer I made sure to add some of the yummy thickened sauce too, and it made the cake all the much more moist. SO GOOD! Thanks!

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  36. Liz on September 4, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Awesome recipe!! Made it today for my inlaw’s anniversary. Everybody loved it and said it tasted much better than store bought!

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  37. karen on September 19, 2010 at 1:20 am

    After seeing many recipes for black forest cake on the internet, I was a bit confused, but then I found this recipe and tried it. It was easy and turned out, as everyone said, amazing!

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    • Michelle on September 20th, 2010 at 10:06 am

      Karen, so happy you found it as easy and delicious as I did!

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  38. Zoë on October 27, 2010 at 8:41 am

    I’m a bit confused about what canned cherries are. All I can find are maraschino cherries in a jar (which look similar to what are in your pictures) or canned cherry pie filling. Which would be more appropriate? Or is there another option? Frozen or fresh cherries?

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    • Michelle on October 28th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Zoe, canned cherries are actually neither maraschino cherries or pie filling. They can be found at the grocery store in the aisle with canned fruit – stuff like the Dole cans of sliced pears, fruit cocktail, etc.

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  39. anne on January 9, 2011 at 1:37 am

    wow the black forest is amazing!! i really loves it..they are 100% delicious..what cocoa did you use?is it natural or dutch process?thanks and waiting for your respond..i love ur blogsite!!

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    • Michelle on January 13th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      Hi Anne, I used natural cocoa powder. Enjoy the cake!

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  40. Na on June 14, 2011 at 1:35 am

    Thank you for the wonderful cake recipe. This is the first home made layer cake I made that was a huge success. I poached my own cherries(12 oz) for 5 minutes in 1/2 cup sugar and same amount water. I also used 2 cups cream….was a bit much, could have made do with 1.5 cups easily.

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  41. Leticia on September 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Made this for my daughter’s birthday this weekend. Wonderful!!! This was my first time I using whipped cream as a frosting. It was absolutely delicious.
    But I had a heck of a time trying to get chocolate on the bottom of the cake. What’s the secret technique??

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    • Michelle on September 6th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

      Hi Leticia, It’s not the easiest thing, but I used an offset spatula, and loaded up the shavings on the spatula, then pressed it against the bottom of the cake to get them to stick. It takes a little patience, but it does work!

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  42. Luciana on September 18, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Made this for a friend’s birthday and posted it on my blog. It was so yummy, but easy enough to make! Thanks so much!!!
    http://sweettoothlulu.blogspot.com/2011/09/black-forest-cake.html

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  43. Janet on November 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Just finished making this for my daughter’s birthday cake – AWESOME! Finding the Kirsh Brandy was a little difficult, but well worth the search.

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  44. Josie on January 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I made this for my birthday today. The chocolate shavings on the side look really hard but they’re so easy! YUM! Can’t wait to enjoy it.

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  45. Emme on January 31, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    This looks AMAZING i’ll have to try it for my boyfriend since it’s his favourite kind of cake! One quick question though, do you think I could use just a commercial type whipping cream from the grocery store instead of making my own? If so what would you recommend> cool whip? or one from a aerosol can perhaps? Thanks!!!

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    • Michelle on January 31st, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      Hi Emme, You could definitely substitute a ready-made whipped topping. I would recommend using Cool Whip, as you’d likely have to use a TON of the whipped topping in a can (multiple cans).

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      • Emme on February 3rd, 2012 at 11:41 pm

        Thank you so much for the advice (and of course the recipe!) I tried it out by halving the recipe-which was kind of hard and a lot of approximations- but it still turned out wonderfully! I used cool whip as you suggested and my goodness, it was delicious! Thanks again! :)

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  46. layal on March 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    hi .. its looks amazing can i use this frosting on the rinbow cake ?? and do u ahve to put any kind of syrup on the rinbow cake to keep it moist ??

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    • Michelle on March 31st, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      Sure, you could use this frosting. I don’t use any syrup.

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  47. Candace on April 11, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Loved this recipe!! Made 24 cupcakes with the Cherries in the center!! Amazing!!

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  48. Lulu on April 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! My boyfriend adores black forest cake, and I plan to make black forest cupcakes as a birthday treat for him.

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  49. Nusra on May 13, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I made this cake for my 4 year old’s birthday and came out really well.thank you for all your recipes.

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  50. Tania on May 30, 2012 at 1:05 am

    I made this cake and it came out fabulously. The only problem I encountered was that I used a buttercream icing for the cake and in the end the cake ended up tasting too sweet. Even my dad who has a sweet tooth found it too sweet to eat without generous amounts of pouring cream to balance the sweetness.
    Should making the cake with the traditional whipped cream instead solve the problem? 2 cups of sugar still seems like a lot though, did anyone else find it to be too sweet? Comments would be appreciated :)

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    • Michelle on May 30th, 2012 at 10:35 am

      Hi Tania, Buttercream is usually pretty sweet, while a sweetened whipped cream is lighter and not nearly as sweet. I would probably try it with the whipped cream instead and see what you think. I don’t think the issue is the 2 cups of sugar in the cake; that’s pretty standard for most cakes.

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      • Tania on May 30th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

        Hi Michelle,
        Thank-you for your reply. I’ll definitely try the whipped cream instead this time.
        Should there be any problems with freezing this cake one week prior to when it’s required? I’m actually making it for my fiance’s birthday as he loves black forest! I’ve never tried freezing a cake before, any tips would be very appreciated.

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        • Michelle on May 31st, 2012 at 9:52 am

          Hi Tania, You could freeze the cake layers (wrapped in plastic wrap, then in foil), until you need it, and then I would assemble. I wouldn’t freeze the whole, assembled cake as I’m not sure how the cherry filling and whipped cream would hold up to thawing.

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          • Tania on June 1st, 2012 at 6:03 am

            Too easy. Thanks Michelle you’re truly amazing.

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  51. Michelle on June 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Can I make cupcakes with this? How long to bake?

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    • Michelle on June 14th, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Hi Michelle, Yes, you could make these cupcakes. You would want to reduce the baking time and start checking them for doneness around the 18 minute mark.

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  52. Tania on June 14, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Hi Michelle,

    I made the black forest cake last weekend and froze the cake one week prior as per your advice and it came out perfectly! The cake was nice and moist, even after being in the freezer. I thawed the cake overnight in the fridge after removing from the glad wrap and I had no problems assembling it the next day. The whipped cream definitely made the cake much more delightful to eat as I received plenty of praises from everyone.
    The only thing I did differently was that I brushed each layer of cake with some of the juice that was left over from the cherries. This made the cake even more moist and brought the cherry flavour out. I think next time I attempt this cake I’ll probably combine the cherry juice with some kirsch before brushing the layers. Thanks for the beautiful recipe Michelle :)

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  53. Ashley on August 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I made this cake for my grandmothers 87th birthday and it was a hit! It tasted amazing! The only variation I made was I soaked the cherries in whiskey instead of brandy at the request of my grandma! Thank you for sharing your recipe! I think this is the second one of yours I have used and they were both amazing.

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  54. Kate on October 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks so much for the recipe! I made this for my friend’s birthday party yesterday and everybody raved about it. I was unable to find canned cherries and just removed the stems from some maraschinos, and used their juice rather than the kirsch. The maraschino cherries were very sweet, but I didn’t use a ton of them so it wasn’t overpowering. All my friends commented that the cake was so moist.

    This was my first time making a layer cake, making my own whipped cream, icing a round cake, and using my new piping tips! This was a fun and relatively easy place to start which produced great results!

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  55. Samira on November 10, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Lovely and easy recipe!! I hope to try it very soon. Btw, I have some questions. Why do we need to add boiling water? Is it advantageous to have a thin cake batter? Also, according to your recipe (I plan to use the cherry syrup), should the syrup be thrown away or sprinkled on the layers? I got a bit confused about that.

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    • Michelle on November 10th, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Hi Samira, You would discard the syrup, just as you drain the canned cherries. And yes, the boiling water is to thin the batter, which creates a tremendously moist cake.

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      • Samira on November 11th, 2012 at 11:30 am

        That makes sense. If you don’t mind, I have some more questions since I’m new to baking :). Is there any specific pan size that we should use for this recipe? Also, do we have to use 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder and baking soda because of the thin batter, to make sure it rises properly?

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        • Michelle on November 13th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

          Hi Samira, Yes, you still need to include the baking powder and baking soda.

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  56. Mariam on December 2, 2012 at 5:04 am

    Hi! Im going to try out this lovely recepie on the weekend one question though, using the whipped cream can you pipe roses instead with the wilton 1M tip and decorate around the cake with it?

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    • Michelle on December 2nd, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Yes, you definitely can!

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  57. Katarina on December 13, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I grew up in Germany and Black Forest Cake was a staple birthday cake for us! I’ve only made it once before from scratch since moving to the States and it was a veeeeery long and difficult recipe, so when I decided I wanted to make a cake for my dad’s 50th birthday, I stumbled upon this gem. This was probably one of the best cakes I have ever made, hands down. So much so, that the recipe has led me to read through ALL of your archived recipes and am looking forward to baking up some goodies! But this was the easiest recipe for Black Forest cake I’ve ever seen, and it was a HUGE hit with all of my family!!!!!

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    • Michelle on December 13th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Hi Katarina, Thanks so much for your feedback, I’m so happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed this cake. A big Happy Birthday to your dad!

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  58. Nan on December 17, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Hi, I’m going to attempt this for Christmas dessert this year since my husband LOVES black forest cake. I have a question – can I substitute fat free cool whip instead of making it from scratch?

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    • Michelle on December 17th, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      Hi Nana, You could use Cool Whip, but it won’t have the same flavor as freshly whipped cream, and it really only takes about 2 minutes to make from scratch.

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      • Nan on December 18th, 2012 at 7:59 am

        Hi, thanks for the feedback!! After thinking about it some more, I’ll be making your whipped cream. Fat free whipped cream might not work with the consistency of your decadent recipe!

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  59. Meredith on December 18, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I want to take the cake to work but don’t have a fridge to put it in will the whip cream stand up for the day without being refrigerated?? Or will it melt?! :-(

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    • Michelle on December 18th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Hi Meredith, As long as the cake won’t be sitting out in a warm room, you should be just fine, it shouldn’t melt.

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  60. Nan on December 26, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Hi!
    I made this on Christmas Eve with a few twists. I made the whipped cream from scratch as you suggested, and it came out great! I didn’t have kirsch, but we had rum. My crafty husband made a reduction of rum, cherry sauce from the canned cherries, chocolate truffle stout, chocolate chips, and bits of apple and pear. I spread this concoction and the whipped cream between the layers. As for chocolate shavings, I grated a chocolate bar and spread them on top of the finished cake. Traditionally, rum cakes are part of holiday desserts, and this one was super delish! Very decadent, and heavy on the rum. I’ll make a “regular” non-alcoholic one later…

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  61. lizzy on January 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    My cake totally fell apart. what did i do wrong??

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    • Michelle on January 5th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      Hi Lizzy, Unfortunately without knowing exactly how you made the cake and all the little details, it would be virtually impossible for me to speculate about what could have potentially gone wrong.

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  62. Mary on March 22, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Can I use can pie filling when making this cake?

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  63. Soola Cakes 'N' More on March 25, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Hi, I jst stumbled on ur blog. Please confirm if I can substitute melted chocolate chips for the cocoa powder? The cake looks very lovely. I intend to try it out later this week.

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    • Michelle on March 28th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Unfortunately, you can’t substitute melted chocolate chips for cocoa powder; it will produce a very different texture.

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  64. Amy on April 6, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! I have always wanted to make a Black Forest cake, but some of the recipies seem a little intimidating. This turned out amazing and was so easy- the chocolate cake was so moist; I don’t think I will ever make chocolate cake from a box again.

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  65. Riham on April 18, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Michelle,
    I was wondering can i use the chocolate cake from the six layer and the snickers cakes, it looks more moist and sticky? If so the other recipe gives 3 8 inches layers, can I bake it in 2 nine inches pans? Thanks a lot for the lovely recipes.

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    • Michelle on April 19th, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Riham, The batter is for 3 layers, while this cake only uses two. You can use the chocolate cake from the Snickers and 6-layer, just double the filling for this and go with three layers. There is too much batter to make in two 9-inch layers.

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      • Riham on April 19th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

        Thanks a lot

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  66. Teesha on May 6, 2013 at 9:54 am

    This is the BEST black forest cake! I made this cake for my family in November, and they all loved it. Most of all my dad absolutely adored the cake (and that’s saying something, because he’s usually very particular about his liking of cake). I will use this recipe forever, and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good black forest cake.

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  67. aleena on June 29, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    hi Michelle,
    I stumbled upon this recipe last week while searching desparately for the perfect black forest cake recipe.I should say it was indeed the “Perfect” one.Followed the recipe line by line and the cake came out to be the best cake i ever baked!!!Couldn’t run away without thanking you…. Thank you for posting and this recipe will be treasured in my recipe folder forever!!

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  68. Ivelisse on July 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Hi! I love this blog and I will love to make this cake but I have a doubt. The cocoa power that I have to use is dutch process cocoa powder or unsweetened cocoa powder? Thank you!

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    • Michelle on July 2nd, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      Hi Ivelisse, You can use regular unsweetened cocoa powder.

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  69. Omaka on July 24, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Hi! I can’t seem to find canned cherries where I live. Can I use maraschino cherries instead? And in what quantity? Thanks

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    • Michelle on July 24th, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Hi Omaka, You definitely don’t want to use maraschino cherries for this. I would use fresh cherries instead.

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      • julie on September 12th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

        I used maraschino cherries and it tasted delicious. thanks for the recipe!

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  70. Food Recipes on August 1, 2013 at 3:27 am

    Hi you cake looks delicious and smooth…

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  71. Karen on August 14, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I made your cake over the weekend with a few changes. The cake was so delicious. Thank you so much for all of your wonderful recipes!
    http://bluegirlpresents.weebly.com/1/post/2013/08/black-forest-cake.html

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  72. Teresita on September 28, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    I made this cake today for my daughters birthday and we loved it. Thanks for the recipe.

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  73. Dylan on October 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I am thinking about making a cake for my family members birthday. so i am going to try your. thank you.

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  74. Kristine on November 28, 2013 at 3:26 am

    This looks SO good and I really want to try and make this American/german cake :) Love to try out recipies that are not common in Denmark.
    I’ve used the recipe for Hershey’s chocolate cake. Though it taste amazing, I have a really hard time getting it to a good texture. Yours looks light and fluffy, but mine always end up heavy, mushy and doughy. I don’t know what I am doing wrong, since I am following the recipe, even cut down on the water the last couple of times.
    Did you have the same problem the first time you made it, or do you have some tips of how to get it better!?
    Thanks :) “Big Fan in DK”

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    • Michelle on November 30th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Hi Kristine, I don’t do anything different or special. Just make sure you’re not undertaking the cakes and you’re using the right size pans and your oven temperature is correct.

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  75. amoni on December 17, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Hey michelle this looks fab. I want to know how long this can keep in and outside the fridge. Thanks

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    • Michelle on December 17th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      Hi Amoni, You could leave this outside of the fridge for a couple of hours, and store it in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 3 days.

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  76. HappySy on March 7, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Hi Michelle, thanks for the recipe.. my family really loved it.. here’s the link.. keep it up! :) http://instagram.com/p/lNiWUlyyNQ/

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  77. Kayla Foyt on March 12, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Hi! I am making this cake to bring in to share at my school (i’m in highschool) so obviously I can’t use the Kirsch. I am confused on how this works without the Kirsch? Do I put the juices into the cake? Will it still taste good? And do the juices just come from the can?

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    • Michelle on March 12th, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Hi Kayla, You just replace the Kirsch with ¼ cup of the reserved juices from the can of cherries. You don’t put it into the cake. Just use the reserved juice as you would the Kirsch in the directions. Enjoy!

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  78. Christina on March 19, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Hi,
    Have you ever tried using any stabilizing ingredients in your whipped cream frosting? I’d like to use a whipped cream frosting but I’m concerned about how it will hold up over a couple days. Beautiful site and photography!
    Thanks!

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  79. Angela on April 2, 2014 at 11:10 am

    This is the perfect cake recipe! Even my sister-in-law, who is trained in hospitality and very critical, said it was the best cake she’d ever had. I am definitely keeping this one!

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  80. sharon on May 1, 2014 at 1:17 am

    hi Michelle
    I am from Melbourne.I want to bake on my daughter’s 1st birthday.As very much confused for this cake went through many blogs but when i came to yours so many good comments thought of giving a try. kindly help me as others are not replying me & i don’t know what to do.My problem is i cant use alcohol so what is the substitution for that.The birthday is on June 17th.After arranging the cake can i straight away serve it or keep in fridge for 2 days to settle.And also plz tell me can i use normal chocolate receipe for black forest.Hope to find answer from you.thanks

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    • Michelle on May 1st, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      HI Sharon, You can omit the alcohol in the recipe. You can use the cake immediately. I would recommend serving it on the same day it is frosted, as the whipped cream frosting will start to get watery the longer it sits.

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      • sharon on May 1st, 2014 at 11:40 pm

        HI MICHELLE THANK U SO MUCH FOR QUICK RESPONSE.I NEVER THOUGHT THAT I WILL GET THAT FAST YOUR REPLY.I WILL TRY ON MAY 17TH JUST TO CHECK EVERYTHING IS RIGHT WITH MY OVEN.KINDLY TELL ME CAN I USE UNSALTED BUTTER FOR SALTED BUTTER RECIPE IF SO CAN I ADD ACCORDING TO MY TASTE OR DO I HAVE TO HAVE THE QUANTITY FOR THE SALT.AND ALSO KINDLY TELL ME WHETHER NORMAL CHOCOLATE IS GOOD FOR BLACK FOREST.THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE IN ADVANCE.

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        • Michelle on May 12th, 2014 at 9:53 am

          Hi Sharon, There is actually not any butter in this recipe. I’m not sure what you are referring to by normal chocolate?

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      • sharon on May 12th, 2014 at 1:12 am

        hi michele

        what chocolate i have to use for decorating.i mean sweat or semi sweet, dark or milk chocolate.
        thanks

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        • Michelle on May 12th, 2014 at 9:54 am

          You can use any of those for decorating this cake.

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  81. Richa on May 3, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Hi Michelle

    Can I make the entire cake in one tin and cut it horizontally later…. Instead of using two cake tins.

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    • Michelle on May 12th, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Hi Richa, No, there is way too much batter for just one pan.

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  82. sharon on May 18, 2014 at 1:55 am

    hi Michelle
    i want to upload my cake pic & describe what happened,how can i do that.kindly advise.

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    • Michelle on May 18th, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Sharon, I think if you have uploaded the photo somewhere like Flickr or Photobucket (does that still exist), then you can take the embed code and paste it into here and your photo should show up. Hope that helps!

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      • sharon on May 19th, 2014 at 12:02 am

        hi Michelle
        thanks for your reply.as i don’t know how to do this, i will try my best to do what you said.the cake is sooooooooooooo gooooood & moist.but it took nearly 2hrs in my fan oven on 175 c. i want to know how to get the little tartness in cake which we get in cheese cake shop.do they use something else for the sponge.do the cake texture will be same after 3 days in refrigerator, i mean doesn’t it become bit harder.
        thanks for introducing such a wonderful recipe & 5 stars.

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      • sharon on May 19th, 2014 at 5:18 am

        hi Michelle actually i didn’t upload in both of them as i dont have the account, is there any other method.
        thanks

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        • Michelle on May 19th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

          Hi Sharon, There is no other way, as they would need to be hosted somewhere for you to embed or link them here in the comment section.

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  83. lauren on May 22, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Hi Michelle, thanks for the awesome recipe :)… i was looking for a black forest recipe to make a 50×50, double layer cake…i was just wondering if this will be enough for that or would i have to double the ingredients?

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    • Michelle on May 22nd, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      Hi Lauren, I’m not sure what you mean by 50×50?

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  84. Dylan on May 26, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Good morning Ms. Michelle! I was planning to make Black Forest Cupcakes using this recipe. How would you advise getting the cherries inside the cupcakes? Do I bury a cherry in the batter before baking or should I wait after they’re baked, scoop out a portion from the center and put the cherry there then? Thank you so much! Big, big fan of you and your blog from the Philippines! :D

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  85. angelica on June 12, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Hi michelle I plan on making this cake for fathers day but what kind of cocoa powder did you use sweetened or unsweetened?

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    • Michelle on June 13th, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      Hi Angelica, Always unsweetened unless specifically stated otherwise. Enjoy!

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