Black Forest Cherry Dessert


This dessert combines the flavors of black forest cake - cherries, cream, chocolate - but takes much less time. I make it with canned sour cherries.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


  • 2 cups milk

  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch, divided

  • cup white sugar

  • ½ (.25 ounce) package unflavored gelatin

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 3 teaspoons vanilla sugar

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans morello (sour) cherries in syrup, drained, syrup reserved

  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, grated


  1. Combine 2 tablespoons of milk and 3 tablespoons cornstarch in a small cup. Pour remaining milk and sugar into a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Whisk in cornstarch-milk mixture, and cook until milk starts to thicken, about 2 minutes.

  2. Pour 1/8 cup cold water into a bowl. Sprinkle gelatin powder on top. Let stand until softened, about 1 minute. Add 1/8 cup of hot milk mixture to the bowl with the gelatin, and stir constantly until granules are completely dissolved.

  3. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in dissolved gelatin mixture. Cool milk mixture completely, 1 to 2 hours.

  4. Beat cream in a chilled glass or metal bowl using an electric mixer until frothy. Add vanilla sugar gradually, continuing to beat until firm peaks form. Fold into the saucepan with the chilled milk mixture.

  5. Pour cherry syrup into a small saucepan. Mix in 1 tablespoon cornstarch and bring to a boil over medium heat until thickened. Immediately stir in cherries and pour into a glass bowl. Pour cream mixture on top in a thick layer and sprinkle with grated chocolate. Refrigerate until firm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

399 Calories
19g Fat
54g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 399
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 60mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 135mg 10%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 281mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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