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Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake is a delicious cake which gets it’s name from being dark, chocolatey with hints of red cherries and resembling the black forests. I finally made the quintessential black forest cake using fresh cherries.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Assembling Time30 mins
Course: Baking, Dessert, Filling & Frosting
Servings: 10



  • To prepare cherry filling - place cherries and rum in a thick bottom sauce pot. Whisk sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl and then add to the cherries. Cook over low flame, till cherries come to a boil and thickens. If you are suing fresh cherries, then you need to cook them till fruit is tender. Allow to cool completely. You may need to add ¼ cup of water or cherry syrup if the sauce is too thick while cooking.
  • Assemble and decorate as per your choice.


  1. Bake 3 layers of old fashioned chocolate cake.
  2. Recipe for cherry filling is here.
  3. Assemble and decorate as per your choice, I spread a thick layer of whipped cream and topped with another generous helping of cherry filling on each layer. For the final topping, I spread a thin layer of ganache and then placed several fresh cherries with chocolate shavings and curls.
  4. If using canned cherries then drain them. I used 400 grams of canned cherries for filling.