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Black Forest Cake / German Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte

Posted on: 1st Jul 2012

[adapted from The Golden Book of Chocolate by Carla Bardi & Claire Pietersen]

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte


for the cake layers

  • 2 cups plain four
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp fine salt
  • ½ cup water
  • half a bar / 125g unstaled butter (softened) + some more for greasing the tins
  • 1¼ soft dark brown sugar
  • 2 large / 3 small eggs
  • ½ soured cream
  • 150g semi-sweet / bittersweet / dark chocolate (broken into pieces)

for the filling

  • 600 ml whipping cream
  • 350g jar of cherry preserve with pieces of cherries
  • 3 tbs Schwarzwälder Kirschwasser / Kirsch or some other alcohol such as vodka or rum, can be also replaced by cherry syrup or skipped at all if the jam is quite watery

for decoration

  • 250g semi-sweet / bittersweet / dark chocolate (broken into pieces)
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 350g fresh cherries / maraschino cherries can be also used or chocolate shavings

how to pit cherries with a paper clip


  • two 9” (22,8 cm) round non stick cake tin with removable bottoms
  • circles cut out from baking / parchment paper
  • hand blender with chopping & whisking ends
  • food processor to make the whipped cream
  • cake stand or disposable cake bas
  • some tool to pit the cherries, I used bent large paper clip, image above.
  • two mixing bowls: small and big one
  • double boiler or small pot and a metal bowl that can be placed on the top of the pot to melt the chocolate
  • sharp knife with a long blade

traditional German cake with chocolate, cherries and kirsch kirschwasser


  1. For the chocolate layers butter all 2 tins with unsalted butter, place on the bottom of the tins baking paper circles and also butter them. Preheat oven to 170°C (338°F).
  2. In a small mixing bowl combine flour, salt and baking powder.
  3. In a pot bring some water to boil, on the top place a bowl to which add chocolate pieces with half a cup of water. Continue heating over low fire and string until all chocolate is melted, do not bring to boil. Leave aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl using hand blender with a chopping end bled butter and sugar until smooth.
  5. Change to whisk end and gradually add also eggs, melted chocolate, sour cream and flour mixture.
  6. Share the dough evenly to the baking tins and bake for about 35-40 minutes.
  7. Remove from the tins, peel of the baking paper and leave aside to cool down.
  8. In meantime whip the cream and combine jam with the liquor.
  9. Once the chocolate layers are cooled down split each of them horizontally into two, so you will have four layers.
  10. Place first layer on the cake stand, top with ⅓ of the whipped cream and preserve, repeat the same with another two layers and top with the last one.
  11. Using the same double boiler or pot and a bowl to melt chocolate adding butter this time, not water.
  12. Pour the chocolate glaze over the cake, decorate with some whole cherries on the top and pitted and halved cherries around the cake.
  13. For the best taste place the cake in the fridge for couple of hours or even overnight.
  14. Remove from the fridge half an hour before serving.

Makes 8-10 servings.

Black Forest chocolate cake with sour cherries and whipped cream


I made this cake for my step son’s 17th birthday, Happy Birthday D’wayne!

With thanks to my friend Beata who gave me The Golden Book of Chocolate years ago for my birthday :)

Margot DOLEWSKA DYERMargot DOLEWSKA DYER is Brighton based blogger dedicated to crafts, recipes, reviews, food styling and photography. She is also behind 416 Studios specializing in web design & photo retouching. You can connect with her via Google+.

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