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    Black Forest Cherry Cake

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    • 6 large eggs
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate (There should be 4 squares of chocolate and it should be melted.)
    • 1 cup flour, sifted





    1. 1
      CAKE: Beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla together until thick and fluffy, about 10 minutes.
    2. 2
      Alternately fold chocolate and flour into the egg mixture, ending with flour.
    3. 3
      Pour the batter into 3 8-inch cake pans that have been well greased and floured.
    4. 4
      Bake in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
    5. 5
      Cool cakes in pans for 5 minutes; turn out on racks to cool completely.
    6. 6
      SYRUP: Make syrup by mixing together sugar and water and boiling for 5 minutes.
    7. 7
      When syrup has cooled, stir in kirsch.
    8. 8
      Prick the cake layers and pour syrup over all 3 layers.
    9. 9
      FILLING: To make the butter-cream filling, beat together sugar and butter until well blended.
    10. 10
      Add egg yolk; beat until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes.
    11. 11
      Fold in Kirsch.
    12. 12
      CAKE ASSEMBLY: To assemble cake, place 1 layer on a cake plate.
    13. 13
      Spread with butter cream filling.
    14. 14
      Using 3/4 cup of the cherries, which have been patted dry, drop cherries evenly over cream.
    15. 15
      Place second layer on cake.
    16. 16
    17. 17
      Place third layer on top.
    18. 18
      Fold 2 T confectioners' sugar into the whipped cream.
    19. 19
      Cover the sides and top of the cake with whipped cream.
    20. 20
      Decorate top of cake with remaining 1/2 cup cherries.
    21. 21
      To make chocolate curls from chocolate bar, shave (at room temperature) with a vegetable peeler.
    22. 22
      Refrigerate curls until ready to use.
    23. 23
      Press chocolate curls on sides of cake and sprinkle a few on the top.
    24. 24
      Chill until serving time.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 22, 2009


      I made this cake for my husband for a German themed office party. It was the hit of the dessert table. Great cake recipe!

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    • on October 26, 2011


      This was sooooo good. My husband loves Black Forest Cake and said it was the best he has ever had. Most of the other recipes call for cool whip and I despise it. The real whipped cream was perfect!

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    • on August 29, 2006

      I made this cake for my husband's birthday and it turned out really good. I didn't rate this recipe because I made some significant changes. I cut the cake recipe by 1/3 and baked it in a 6" round pan (I wanted a small cake). I then sliced it in 2, and soaked in the syrup as directed. Instead of the buttercream filling, I used the whipped cream topping both as filling and frosting. The result was a very tasty, light, not too rich cake. The cake layers were slightly denser than I would have liked (I sifted the flour), so I would probably make it differently next time. Don't leave out the kirsch, it adds terrific flavor. Thanks for a yummy recipe, UC86!

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    Nutritional Facts for Black Forest Cherry Cake

    Serving Size: 1 (221 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 623.3
    Calories from Fat 277
    Total Fat 30.8 g
    Saturated Fat 17.9 g
    Cholesterol 216.2 mg
    Sodium 138.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 83.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.9 g
    Sugars 63.2 g
    Protein 9.9 g

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    kirsch liqueur

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