This is a recipe that is simple to make and always makes people at parties rave. Garnish with dollops of whipped cream and reserved cherries.

Advertisement

Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2- 8 or 9 inch round cake pans.

    Advertisement
  • In a medium sized bowl combine flour, white sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add water, shortening, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed until combined. Then beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs and melted chocolate and beat 2 minutes more. Pour batter into prepared pans.

  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool cakes on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans and let cool thoroughly on a wire rack.

  • To Make Frosting: Beat butter until fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups of confectioner's sugar and the cocoa. Beat well than add the milk, and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Beat in the remaining confectioner's sugar and any additional milk as needed for spreadability.

  • To Make Filling: Drain cherries reserving 2/3 cup of the liquid. In a medium sauce pan combine reserved liquid and cornstarch, add fruit. Cook over medium heat and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for more 2 minutes and then stir in the orange or cherry liqueur. Remove from heat cover and cool without stirring.

  • Arrange one cake layer on a serving dish and spread the cooled cherry filling over the top (reserve some cherries for a garnish for top of cake). Place second layer on top filling and frost sides and top of cake with frosting.

Nutrition Facts

586 calories; 19 g total fat; 45 mg cholesterol; 223 mg sodium. 103.6 g carbohydrates; 5.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

Read More Reviews

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
I was expecting it to be much better. It was not worth all the work. Everyone enjoyed it enyway and it was very pretty. I decorated the cake with the cherries whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Read More
(21)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/08/2004
Where to begin... Well this recipe produced a very dense cake (and not in the dense = fudgy sense). It was heavy and actually a bit bland. The frosting? Well I only added 3 cups of confectioners sugar and it was virtually too thick to spread. I had to use a hot spatula to get it to spread evenly. I would not make this cake again. Read More
(16)
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
I was expecting it to be much better. It was not worth all the work. Everyone enjoyed it enyway and it was very pretty. I decorated the cake with the cherries whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Read More
(21)
Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
I was expecting it to be much better. It was not worth all the work. Everyone enjoyed it enyway and it was very pretty. I decorated the cake with the cherries whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This cake was absolutely great! Exactly what I was looking for and a wonderful addition to my recipe box. Read More
(17)
Advertisement
Rating: 1 stars
03/08/2004
Where to begin... Well this recipe produced a very dense cake (and not in the dense = fudgy sense). It was heavy and actually a bit bland. The frosting? Well I only added 3 cups of confectioners sugar and it was virtually too thick to spread. I had to use a hot spatula to get it to spread evenly. I would not make this cake again. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I made it for my boyfriend's birthday and everyone simply thought it was delicious. One thing though I had sprinkled flour on the cake tray before I put the cakes in so there was powder flour on the cake tray and at the bottom of the cake as I was serving. It was a little embarrassing and I would not use flour as a non-stick apparatus anymore. Nevertheless everyone enjoyed it. Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
(10)
Rating: 3 stars
10/23/2009
A traditional Schwarzfelder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cherry Cake) uses Schwarzfelder Kirschwasser-Black Forest Cherry Schnapps. You should use a cherry liquor instead of orange. Read More
(10)
Advertisement
Rating: 3 stars
02/20/2005
It absolutely gets high scores for being quick which is very nice but it's too sweet. If I make it again I'll try adding more chocolate and cutting on the sugar. Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
08/25/2008
Made it for a potluck didn't come home with a crumb Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2009
Great recipe!! Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
04/09/2019
I made this cake and changed the frosting. I made a barrier for the cherry filling with the chocolate frosting then did a crumb frosting layer. I then frosted with whipped cream. It was great Read More