This recipe delivers a classic version of the original Black Forest cake with whipped cream frosting and sour cherries.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 9 inch 3 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 two 9 inch, round, cake pans; cover bottoms with waxed paper.

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  • In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 cups sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add eggs, milk, oil, and 1 tablespoon vanilla; beat until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pans.

  • Bake for 35 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool layers in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Loosen edges, and remove to racks to cool completely.

  • Drain cherries, reserving 1/2 cup juice. Combine reserved juice, cherries, 1 cup sugar and cornstarch in a 2 quart saucepan. Cook over low heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cool before using.

  • Combine whipping cream and confectioner's sugar in a chilled medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form.

  • With long serrated knife, split each cake layer horizontally in half. Tear one split layer into crumbs; set aside. Reserve 1 1/2 cups Frosting for decorating cake; set aside. Gently brush loose crumbs off top and side of each cake layer with pasty brush or hands. To assemble, place one cake layer on cake plate. Spread with 1 cup frosting; top with 3/4 cup cherry topping. Top with second cake layer; repeat layers of frosting and cherry topping. Top with third cake layer. Frost side of cake. Pat reserved crumbs onto frosting on side of cake. Spoon reserved frosting into pastry bag fitted with star decorator tip. Pipe around top and bottom edges of cake. Spoon remaining cherry topping onto top of cake.

Nutrition Facts

662 calories; protein 7.5g 15% DV; carbohydrates 86.9g 28% DV; fat 33.9g 52% DV; cholesterol 129.6mg 43% DV; sodium 341.9mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2007
Loved this recipe! My neighbor gave me a great tip. Instead of cutting the cakes with a knife, use a piece of regular sewing string and wrap it around the center of the cake, pull it through and viola! You've cut your cake with no crumbs! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/10/2010
This recipe was average. Very expensive to make.The cherries were extremely expensive.The chocolate cake was average..nothing to rave about. Lots of work not enough ahhhhs Read More
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459 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 310
  • 4 star values: 102
  • 3 star values: 25
  • 2 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 11
Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2007
Loved this recipe! My neighbor gave me a great tip. Instead of cutting the cakes with a knife, use a piece of regular sewing string and wrap it around the center of the cake, pull it through and viola! You've cut your cake with no crumbs! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2008
Fabulous. The best black forest cake recipe I've tried, and I've tried a lot. The cake baked up beautifully, the cherries were perfect, and the whole thing just came together wonderfully. The only change I made (and I heartily recommend it)is that I made a syrup out of 1/2 cup reserved cherry juice, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup Kirsch (cherry liqueur - added after the juice/sugar simmered for a bit and then cooled). I drizzled this syrup over the cake sections before I spread the cherries and whipped cream on. It added moisture and tied everything together. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2005
A lovely cake! It took me 3 hours from start to finish, though I also did a few kitchen chores between steps. The cake part itself makes a very nice chocolate cake that I will probably use for other cakes. Mine was not dry, in fact it was very moist in the center. It had a somewhat crusty top that reminded me very much of brownies. In response to a previous review,I used 2 cans of tart pie cherries (Oregon brand) that were 14.5 ozs. each. The can said that the actual wt. of the cherries was 11.5 ozs. each, so it was close to 20 altogether, and to me it seemed the perfect amount. It seems very involved, and I suppose it is moreso than opening up a mix and a can of frosting, but it just takes more time and the effort is worth it. With the crumbs on the sides (and I also added a dusting of crumb to the top) it is a very forgiving cake for those who have trouble frosting neatly. I agree with the reviewer who suggested starting the cherries first. It took me almost the entire baking time to cook the cherries, and I cooled them in the refrigerator while the cake cooled. But they were still a little warm when I started to put it all together. Had my kitchen been warm today, that might have been a problem. Thank you for a great recipe. I will definitely be making it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2003
Tasty! I've never seen cans of sour cherries (only available in the USA?) so I used a can of cherry pie filling. This cake won't dry out before it gets eaten. Thanks Linda. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/10/2006
This cake is absolutely delicious! I took the advice of making the cherry filling before making the cake part, and it had plenty time to cool down. I followed the recipe as is, and was very happy with the results - as was everyone else who ate it! I would suggest that if possible, try making this cake 1 day before you plan on serving it - there's no comparison on how much better it tastes. At minimum, try to make it the morning of the day you want to serve it. Great!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/13/2007
I made this recipe for my boyfriend's birthday at his request. I modified it gently into cupcake format because I have a cupcake fetish. The cake was delicious, the cherry topping and whipped cream spectacular. My only adjustment to the recipe itself was adding an egg - a nod to the cupcakes - but I was very pleasantly surprised by this cake and found it pretty easy to make. For my purposes, I had a lot of leftover cherry topping and whipped cream - I ended up making a parfait with the cupcake tops. This cake does rise pretty well - if you're thinking about going the way of cupcakes, I would make sure to fill the cups barely 1/2 with mix. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2008
I was feeling lazy so I used Duncan Heinz Dark Chocolate Fudge cake, and it was very tasty. I used another reviewer's suggestion and brushed the layers with the sugar/cherry juice/kirsch mixture. The cake was already pretty moist, so while that tasted good, it needs to be used sparingly on a cake mix cake. I also stabilized the whipped cream by adding unflavored gelatin (directions below) since I was taking it to a party and I needed the whipped cream to hold up and not get droopy. Everyone loved it. Next time I will reduce the sugar a little and use the dark sweet cherries instead to see if I like that better! (To stabilize 2 cups of whipping cream, dissolve 1 tsp. unflavored gelatin in 2 Tbsp. cold water and let sit 5 minutes. Heat over simmering water just until gelatin dissolves; cool slightly. In bowl whip cream and confectioner's sugar just to soft peaks. Add dissolved gelatin and whip just a little more until stiffer peaks form. This will help the whipped cream hold its shape for a day or two, and it doesn't make it rubbery.) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/11/2003
Good one. I used the fourth layer too to give cake a taller look. I also used cocktail cherries only and no sugar syrup. Decorated with shaved chocolate on whipped cream looked gourmet. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2006
This cake is wonderful!! I wondered about the batter as it was quite thick but it came out great. It didn't take as long to bake as the directions said. I did use canned cherry filling instead of the homemade and in place of the whipped cream I used the recipe for French buttercream Frosting. Everyone loved it. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/10/2010
This recipe was average. Very expensive to make.The cherries were extremely expensive.The chocolate cake was average..nothing to rave about. Lots of work not enough ahhhhs Read More
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