Friday, December 18, 2015

Black Forest Cake - Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte

 Black Forest Cake  (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte )  is one of the most famous German cake . As we all know this recipe calls for Kirch ( cherry alcohol ) & I was told by my German friend that the cake should be dence & not light . So that it soak up all the Kirch like a sponge  ( that is exactly what she said ) LOL Yup, it is  actually a boozy cake not meant for children consumption in reality . Anyway ,  it's really up to you the amount of Kirch that you want to  use for  this recipe  . With all the whipped cream & cherries in this chocolatey cake , it's  truly a decadent treat that we love to indulge  !  LOL 

Black Forest Cake - Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte 
Recipe inspired from Classic Essential Cakes ( Periplus Edition)

1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup self-raising flour
2 Tbsp cocoa powder ( good quality cocoa powder ) +  for dusting 
4 eggs - seperated
1/2 caster sugar
1/4 cup Kirsch
2 cups double cream - whipped 
450 g can pitted marachino cherries - well drained but set aside 1 Tbsp cherry syrup 
Dark chocolate - shaved ( I've only used cocoa powder instead )
Star shape piping tip & piping bag 
Macarons (optional) 

Method :

1) Preheat oven to 180°C . Greased 20 cm spring form cake pan . Line the base with baking paper . 

2) Sift both flours & cocoa powder . 

3) In a bowl , beat egg whites till firm peak form . Gradually beat in sugar till sugar dissolved & the mixture is thick / glossy . Add in egg yolks & beat for another 20 seconds . Transfer mixture to a larger bowl . 

4) Fold in lightly the flours mixture till well combined . Pour in prepared cake pan & spead the batter evenly . Bake for 15 mins or till the cake is springy to the touch . Let to cool in pan for 10 mins before turning it onto wire rack to cool .  Then cut the cake in 3 horizontally . 

5)  Mix Kirsch & 1 Tsbp of cherry syrup . Brush the top of each cake with Kirsch mixture . 

6) Spoon whipped cream into piping bag . Pipe whipped cream onto the cake , cover with cherries as soon above . Place the other cake on top & repeat the method .  Pipe whipped cream over the last top cake & dust with cocoa powder & decorate with Macaron X'mas tree  .

Linking this post to Cook-Your-Book # 29 hosted by Joyce from Kitchen Flavours 

Linking this post to Cook & Celebrate : Christmas 2015 event hosted by Bake For Happy Kids , Goody Foodies The Domestic Goddess Wannabe .


  1. Hi Kit,
    I had indulged a slice of black forest cake while I was in Germany few years ago. So yummy-licious. This black forest cake of yours is so beautiful and love the addition decor of Macaron X'mas tree.

  2. Simple cake in deco but it sure did wow me!

  3. Wow, such a beautiful cake! And I would use more Kirsch too! Looks extra special with the Xmas macaron tree!

  4. Hi Kit, wow.... love your beautiful and awesome black forest cake. And your presentation is very impressive. Well done.

    Have a lovely weekend, regards.

  5. Hi Kit,

    This cake is so impressive! Your family must be very happy nom nom nom this :D


  6. Wow..what a gorgeous cake that is. I can feel the love that went into making this. The macarons on top makes it even more Christmassy!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. x