Black Forest Cake with kirsch

Chocolate is my weakness, it always has been, but combined with cherries and whipping cream its almost irresistible. I dare you to only eat one piece of this Black Forest Cake.  Once the Kirschwasser soaks into this cake it tastes even better.  Because of the popularity of this cake around here and my lack of time to always make it from scratch, I keep a box of devils food cake mix hidden in the cupboard that I can use in a pinch, shhhh, that’s our little secret 😉

So if you’re in a hurry you can cheat and buy a box of devils food cake mix (I won’t tell).

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

Course: Cake
Keyword: black forest cake, chocolate cake


  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 ⅔ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • cup oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 squares unsweetened dark chocolate melted and cooled


  • 1 19 ounce can cherry pie filling

Whipping Cream Topping:

  • Whipping Cream Topping:
  • 3 cups 35% whipping cream
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • cup kirsch or cherry brandy


  • ½ cup grated chocolate
  • Maraschino Cherries


  • Beat egg whites and 1/2 cup of the sugar to stiff peaks. Set aside. Sift flour, 1 cup sugar, salt and baking soda together into large bowl. Add oil and 1/2 cup milk. Beat 1 minute at medium speed. Add remaining milk and egg yolks, beat another minute. Stir in melted chocolate, then gently, but thoroughly fold in egg whites.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 10 inch spring form pan, pour batter into greased cake pan.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes, or use 3 round 9 inch pans, and bake approximately 20-25 minutes, depending on how many layers you want. You can also line the bottom of the cake pan with parchment paper. Cake is done when a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
  • Once cake is done, remove from pan immediately and cool on wire rack.
  • Whip the 35% cream and icing sugar till stiff peaks form, beat in 1/2 of the Kirsch. Mix the rest of the Kirsch with the cherry pie filling.
  • If cake was baked in one pan, cut in half and use just half of cherry filling, or cut to make 3 layers. On bottom layer cover with 1/2 of cherry pie filling and 3/4 cup of the whipping cream add next cake layer and repeat. Put on top layer and cover whole cake with whipping cream, reserve 1/2 cup cream to decorate top. Toss grated chocolate all over cake.
  • With a piping bag, make swirls on top of cake and put a cherry on each swirl.
German Black Forest Cake
Black Forest Cake

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