German Black Forest Cake Recipe

This moist German Black Forest cake recipe traditionally consists of several layers of moist chocolate sponge cake, whipped cream and cherries between each layer.
A delicious German cake recipe from the Black Forest.

My most recent taste was on holiday in the Black Forest. Black Forest Cake is world-renowned. If you can't manage to travel to the Black Forest this year, well, you can always try baking it yourself.

It really is not difficult, although there are quite a few steps to the recipe. Invite your friends round and impress them with a slice of your Black Forest cake.

German Cake Recipe

100g butter
6 eggs
225g caster sugar
75g plain flour
50g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla flavouring
two 425g cans stoned black cherries, drained and
syrup reserved
4 tbsp kirsch
600ml whipping cream
100g chocolate Caraque, to decorate
1 level tsp arrowroot

To make my Black Forest Cake recipe, just follow my easy recipe.

Grease and base-line a 9 inch (23cm) round cake tin. Put the butter into a bowl, place over a pan of warm water and beat it until really soft but not melted.

Put the eggs and sugar in a large bowl, place over a pan of hot water and whisk until pale and creamy and thick enough to leave a trail on the surface when the whisk is lifted.

Sift the flour and cocoa together, then lightly fold into the mixture with a metal spoon. Fold in the vanilla flavouring and softened butter.

Turn the mixture into the tin and tilt the tin to spread the mixture evenly. Bake in the oven at 180 degrees C for about 40 minutes, until well risen, firm to the touch and beginning to shrink away from the sides of the tin.

Turn out onto a wire rack and allow to cool for 30 minutes.

Cut the cake into three horizontally. Place a layer on a flat plate. Mix together 5 tbsp cherry syrup and the kirsch. Spoon 3 tbsp over the cake.

Whip the cream until it just holds its shape, then spread a little thinly over the soaked sponge. Reserve a quarter of the cherries for decoration and scatter half the remainder over the cream.

Repeat the layers of sponge, syrup, cream and cherries. Top with the third cake round and spoon over the remaining kirsch-flavoured syrup.

Spread a thin layer of cream around the sides of the cake, reserving a third to decorate. Coat the sides with the chocolate caraque, reserving some to decorate the top.

Spoon the remaining cream into a piping bag, fitted with a large star nozzle and pipe swirls of cream around the edge of the cake. Top each whirl with a chocolate curl.

Fill the centre with the reserved cherries. Blend the arrowroot with 3 tbsp cherry syrup, place in a small saucepan, bring to the boil and boil, stirring for a few minutes until the mixture is thickened and clear. Brush the glaze over the cherries.

I hope you and your friends enjoy this German cake recipe as much as I do.

Chocolate Caraque

Melt chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water and then pour onto a cold surface. A marble slab is ideal and spread into a rectangular shape, using a palette knife. Leave to cool until just firm, but not hard or brittle.

Hold a sharp long-bladed knife at a slight angle and draw it across the chocolate to make long thin scrolls.

Use this chocolate caraque to decorate your Black Forest Cake recipe, mousses and souffles.

For a simpler version, shave a bar of chilled chocolate with a vegetable peeler to make chocolate curls.

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Zachary - USA

Tremendous website. I lived in Germany for almost 14 years. Your recipes have me excited about getting back into German cooking. Thanks so much!

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