Black Forest Cherry-torte Recipe | How to Make Black Forest Cake

Black Forest gateau is a traditional German dessert (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte) made with layers of chocolate cake, cherries, and whipped cream. 

Black Forest Cherry-torte Recipe | How to Make Black Forest Cake at Home


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Chocolate shavings for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture, alternating with the milk. Mix until just combined.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  7. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove them from the pans and place them on a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. In a large mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.
  9. Place one cake layer on a serving plate or cake stand. Spread a layer of cherry pie filling on top of the cake.
  10. Place the second cake layer on top of the cherries. Spread a layer of whipped cream on top of the second cake layer.
  11. Garnish the cake with chocolate shavings, if desired.
  12. Refrigerate the cake for at least 2 hours before serving.

Enjoy your homemade Black Forest Cake!

Black Forest Cake is a classic German dessert that has been enjoyed for centuries. This decadent cake combines layers of moist chocolate sponge cake, filled with whipped cream and cherries. The top of the cake is then decorated with more whipped cream, chocolate shavings and maraschino cherries to create an impressive presentation. 

Not only does Black Forest Cake look amazing but it also tastes delicious! The combination of sweet cherry flavor combined with rich cocoa makes this one irresistible treat. Plus, the texture from the soft spongy layers creates a delightful experience in every bite! 

If you're looking for something special to serve at your next gathering or just want to enjoy a tasty treat yourself - Black Forest Cake should definitely be on your list! It's sure to please any crowd and will leave everyone feeling satisfied after their indulgence in this classic favorite dessert!

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