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Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake, also known as Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte, is a classic German dessert that consists of layers of chocolate sponge cake, whipped cream, cherries, and cherry liqueur. This decadent cake is a favorite for special occasions and celebrations. Follow this detailed recipe to create your own Black Forest Cake at home:

Black Forest Cake
Black Forest Cake


- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

- 1/2 teaspoon salt

- 1 cup granulated sugar

- 1/2 cup vegetable oil

- 2 large eggs

- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

- 1 cup buttermilk

- 1 cup cherry pie filling

- 1/4 cup cherry liqueur (such as Kirsch)

- 2 cups heavy cream

- 1/4 cup powdered sugar

- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

- Chocolate shavings and fresh cherries for garnish


1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease and line two 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar and vegetable oil until well combined. Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.

4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk, and mix until just combined.

5. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans and smooth the tops with a spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.

6. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

7. Once the cakes are cool, use a serrated knife to level off the tops if necessary. Place one cake layer on a serving platter and brush with half of the cherry liqueur.

8. Whip the heavy cream with the powdered sugar and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.

9. Spread a layer of whipped cream over the cake layer and top with half of the cherry pie filling.

10. Place the second cake layer on top and brush with the remaining cherry liqueur. Spread the remaining whipped cream over the top and sides of the cake.

11. Pipe rosettes of whipped cream around the edge of the cake and fill the center with the remaining cherry pie filling.

12. Garnish the cake with chocolate shavings and fresh cherries.

13. Refrigerate the Black Forest Cake for at least 1 hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.

Enjoy this indulgent and impressive dessert with friends and family. Prost!

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