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Black Forest Cherry Cake

Layers of chocolate cake soaked in rum with whipped cream and cherries inbetween each layer, topped with additional whipped cream, cherries and chocolate shavings.Traditionally served as a dessert in Germany, Black Forest cake is now more commonly served as a cake. Either way, it is heavenly!


  •  450g cherries, stoned
  • 225g castor sugar
  • 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 4 egg whites, stiffly beaten
  • 6 tbs. water
  • 100g butter
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 50g  cornflour
  • 50g cocoa powder


  • 2-3 tbs dark rum or kirsch
  • 480ml double cream
  • 75g castor sugar
  • 50g plain chocolate, coarsely grated


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and lightly grease a 20cm spring-form cake tin.
  2. Place the sugar, egg yolks and water in a bowl and beat together until frothy (about 15 minutes).
  3. Add the melted butter and mix well.
  4. Sift the flour, cocoa and cornflour together and gradually add to the egg mixture, stirring well.
  5. Stir in the beaten egg whites and turn the mixture into the cake tin.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes, until the cake starts to come away from the sides of the tin. The cake is cooked when a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  7. Turn onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
  8. To assemble, whip the cream stiffly and sweeten with the remaining sugar.
  9. Cut the cake horizontally into three. Place the bottom half on a serving platter and sprinkle the rum all over giving it a good soaking.
  10. Place the cherries on top, sprinkle with the sugar and spread over 1/4 of the whipped cream.
  11. Add the middle layer of cake and spread with another 1/4 of the whipped cream then top with the top layer of cake.
  12. To serve, spread the remaining cream over the top and sides of the assembled cake and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

One Response to “Black Forest Cherry Cake”

  1. Lee-Ann van Heerden Says:

    Just made this recipe & what a complete total FLOP!!!
    This is a terrible cake to make. Followed the instructions to the T and came out horrible!!!

    Suggest you DO NOT make this cake!! Cake harder than brownies…can keep the cake around the house to throw as a frisbie!