Black Forest Cake Day Recipe! Minus the Liqueur!

National Black Forest Cake Day Recipe March 28

Chocolate, cherries and whipped cream? Surely you jest! But we would never joke about cake–and especially not on National Black Forest Cake Day. We aim to celebrate in a big way by sharing with you a scrumptious recipe from AllRecipes that’s sure to make you think you’ve died and gone to heaven. [photo via flickr]

The traditional German dessert, originally named Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte, is more of a cherry torte on steroids. It’s layers of chocolate cake, whipped cream and cherries, with more whipped cream, cherries and chocolate shavings on top. As if the cherries themselves aren’t enough, a tart cherry liqueur is also included to give this dessert a super-sour cherry flavor.

While many recipes leave out the alcoholic cherry ingredient in the U.S., in Germany, a black forest cake cannot be sold under the moniker if it doesn’t contain the liqueur. Because we’re ultra-conscious of the fact that young people will want a piece (or two!) of this supreme dessert, the recipe we’ve picked out contains no alcohol. Everyone in your family can enjoy this black forest cake dessert, and it will quite possibly find its way into their dreams.


2 1/8 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups white sugar

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 ½ tsp. baking powder

¾ tsp. baking soda

3 eggs

1 cup milk

½ cup vegetable oil

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

2 (20 ounce) cans pitted sour cherries

1 cup white vinegar

¼ cup cornstarch

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3 cups heavy whipping cream

1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar


1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch, round, cake pans; cover bottoms with waxed paper.

2.     In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 cups sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add eggs, milk, oil, and 1 tablespoon vanilla; beat until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pans.

3.     Bake for 35 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool layers in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Loosen edges, and remove to racks to cool completely.

4.     Drain cherries, reserving 1/2 cup juice. Combine reserved juice, cherries, 1 cup sugar and cornstarch in a 2 quart saucepan. Cook over low heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cool before using.

5.     Combine whipping cream and confectioner’s sugar in a chilled medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form.

6.     With long serrated knife, split each cake layer horizontally in half. Tear one split layer into crumbs; set aside. Reserve 1 1/2 cups frosting for decorating cake; set aside. Gently brush loose crumbs off top and side of each cake layer with pasty brush or hands.

To assemble, place one cake layer on cake plate. Spread with 1 cup frosting; top with 3/4 cup cherry topping. Top with second cake layer; repeat layers of frosting and cherry topping. Top with third cake layer. Frost side of cake. Pat reserved crumbs onto frosting on side of cake. Spoon reserved frosting into pastry bag fitted with star decorator tip. Pipe around top and bottom edges of cake. Spoon remaining cherry topping onto top of cake.