German Black Forest Cake

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 35 mins

One of the best cakes. Easy to do. Chocolate sponge cake sprinkled with cherry liqueur and layered between each layer buttercream and cherries and Iced with whipping cream.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. FOR THE CAKE: Add cream of tartar to the egg whites and beat at high speed until foamy. Gradually add 3/4 cup sugar, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form.
  2. Beat 3/4 cup sugar together with egg yolks.
  3. Sift together dry ingredients. Add to the egg yolk mixture ALTERNATELY with the fruit juice or water, orange peel and flavouring. Mix until blended and beat 1 minutes. Batter will be stiff. Put a large spoonful of egg whites into the batter and beat to make batter a little less stiffer and then FOLD in the rest of the egg whites gently.
  4. Pour batter into 2 (8 or 9-inch) layer cake pans (or use springform pans) (I like to put parchment paper on bottom of pan) and bake in preheated 350°F oven until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in pan and gently go round with knife and remove from pan and slice to make 4 layers.
  5. Sprinkle each layer of chocolate sponge cake with cherry liqueur.
  6. Blend the butter, icing sugar and coffee until creamy and spreadable. Spread 1/3 over bottom layer of cake. Press 1/3 cherries into this filling. Place another cake layer on top and repeat. Put fourth layer on top.
  7. Whip the cream. Add 1/4 cup sugar and vanilla. Slather whipped cream on top and sides of cake. Decorate with a few cherries add chocolate curls. Pipe rosettes around cake and add a cherry on top of each rosette and decorate in centre with chocolate curls.
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Most Helpful

I made this cake for a German themed potluck. It was very well received. Not only was the cake gorgeous, it was also very tasty. One of my friends said it was like "German Tiramisu". I made the cake one night, cut, filled and put together the layers the next night and then frosted with whipped cream and decorated the next morning. It held up well in the fridge for until it was served that night. I was afraid the whipped cream would not hold up which is why I did that part as close to serving as possible. I made the cake nearly exactly as written. The only changes I made were that I soaked the cherries in a kirsch/water mixture overnight and I added some chocolate pieces (ground up chocolate chips) to the butter cream filling. The recipe for the butter cream did not have enough wet ingredients. I tried to make it as written and it would not come together. I ended up adding about 1/4 cup more butter. Next time I make this I will add even more butter (probably a total of a cup) as it was still quite stiff. I had to warm up my frosting spatula periodically while applying the butter cream because it was so stiff that it didn't want to spread. Warming up my spatula in hot water helped considerably. I applied chocolate shavings to the sides and decorated the top with whipped cream rosettes, cherries and chocolate shavings. I think next time I make it I will be more liberal with the kirsch than I was this time. I thought the cake would taste too much like alcohol but it actually could have benefitted from more of the liqueur. Overall this cake was a crowd pleaser and I will be making it again.

muyfeliz February 15, 2011

Wow, what a gorgeous cake, one that was not only beautiful but that everyone loved. Two days before, at a German restaurant, my husband shared a piece of his German Chocolate birthday cake with 4 of us. At the time, we thought it was the best cake we had ever eaten but we all agreed that the Black Forest Cake was the winner. I did make several changes though; I did not add the orange zest nor the icing and used 1 cup cherry liquor instead of 1/2 of a cup. I split layers, drizzed each with 1/4 cup of liquor, spread with whipped cream and 1/2 can of Extra Cherry, Cherry Pie Filling (well worth the extra money) and, on top layer, made chocolate curls. The only changes I would make would be to make whole cake day before and possibly put 1/4 cup of chocolate drizzle on each layer, before the whipped cream. I did not ice sides of cake. You'll never regret the extra time it takes to making this cake as it will rival any on the dessert cart of an expensive restaurant.

cakinelski August 17, 2010

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