Authentic Black Forest Cake (Schwarzwald Kirsch Kuchen)

READY IN: 72hrs 20mins
Recipe by Bekah_Goertzen

As a German woman, it breaks my heart to see all of these 'black forest cakes' in North America made with sickeningly sweet icing and gross cherry pie filling.This cake isn't meant to be very sweet but is rather a dessert for adults with deep rich flavours and enough alcohol to make your head spin! If you cannot get fresh cherries you can use canned Bing cherries but please do not use cherry pie filling because it will take away from the authentic taste of the cake. If can't find Kirsch do not use another type of alcohol because it will not turn out the same - instead use cherry juice. Because of the high alcohol content only serve this to adults.

Top Review by Jennifer R.

I never leave reviews but this recipe knocked my socks off and I just had to compliment the writer. I made this cake exactly as written except I made 4 9" layers because I wanted a tall cake so I doubled the cake portion. I doubled the icing recipe as directed to cover the whole cake and I had PLENTY to use on my entire 4 layer cake and then some. I cannot say it enough times this cake was AMAZING!! Full of flavor and decadence.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Pit most of the cherries leaving about 10 for decoration on top of the cake. Take the pitted cherries and soak them in a jar of the 1/2 cup Kirsch overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F Line the bottom of three 9 inch round cake pans with parchment.
  3. Sift the dry cake ingredients together.
  4. Cream the shortening and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  5. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk and mix well.
  6. Pour evenly into the cake pans. Bake for 20 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.
  7. Cool and remove the cakes. Prick the tops of the cakes with a toothpick and pour the 1/2 cup of Kirsch (that the cherries soaked in) onto the cake.
  8. In a bowl beat the butter until light and creamy. Add the icing sugar, salt and espresso and mix well. If the icing is too thick add Kirsch or cherry juice.
  9. Cut the cherries into halves.
  10. Place the base layer on top of your cake tray, spread 1/2 of the filling over one top, cover with cherries and top with another layer of cake.
  11. Spread the second half of the filling over that layer of cake, cover with cherries and top with the third layer of cake. Cover this and let sit in the fridge for a day or two to allow the kirsch to soak into the cake and become moist.
  12. The day you're going to serve this cake prepare the icing. Whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks.
  13. Gently fold in the dry milk and icing sugar.
  14. Add the vanilla and pour in the Kirsch until it's a good consistency.
  15. If you like more icing double this recipe. Spread the icing over all of the cake.
  16. Place the fresh, intact cherries on top for decoration and cover the top with the chocolate shavings. Serve and enjoy!

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