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.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 8 or 9 inch layer cake
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Ingredients

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

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

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  • 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; protein 5.4g; carbohydrates 103.6g; fat 19g; cholesterol 45mg; sodium 222.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

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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
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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: 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)
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)
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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)
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
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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
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