BEST Black Forest Cake

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 2 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 30 minutes

Black Forest Cake is made with rich chocolate layers, cherries, cherry liqueur, and whipped cream. It has a rich flavor, and each bite is a decadent one.

The sweet tooth in me loves cakes of all sorts. And, this one pretty much sits on top of the list! Want more dessert ideas? Check out my recipes for Apple Pie Danish, No-Bake Oreo Balls, and Peanut Butter Brownies!

Black Forest Cake Recipe

Black Forest Cake simply looks divine topped with clouds of whipped cream and maraschino cherries and covered in a blanket of chocolate shavings.

The cake layers are rich and decadent, full of chocolaty glory!

Between layers, you will taste the creamy filling infused with the fruit’s flavor. Each bite will surprise you with the sweet fruit, too.

I love how each component of this delicious dessert melds well with the others. It is not overly sweet, just right.

I served this once for a Sunday tea party and the whole family devoured it instantly! From then on, I made sure to make at least two, one for immediate serving and the other for later! That’s one great reason to make this from scratch, you can simply decide how much to make!

What is the difference between chocolate cake and black forest cake?

The main difference is in the ingredients, though both have similar chocolate bases.

Take our chocolate cake recipe for example. It has pecans, chocolate chips, and is covered in a tasty chocolate ganache. But you can use the same recipe for the layers for this cake, adding the cherries, liqueur, and a generous amount of whipped cream to set it apart from a classic chocolate cake.

How to Make Black Forest Cake

  • Prepare for baking: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare the cake pans.
  • Make the batter: Put the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl and combine everything. In another bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Ensure that the eggs will not coagulate by slowly mixing the hot water in. Then, combine both mixtures.
  • Bake: Pour the batter into the cake pans evenly and bake. Then, cool the layers and transfer them to a cooling rack.
  • Make the syrup: Boil together sugar and water in a small pot. Stir in the liqueur and fruits, then, cool. Next, remove the fruits from the syrup.
  • Prepare the frosting: Prepare the whipped cream.
  • Assemble: Place one layer on the cake stand, brush with the syrup, spread the whipped cream on top, then arrange the cherries. Repeat.
  • Decorate: Frost the outside and top of the cake, pipe out rosettes, and place cherries on top. Decorate the sides with chocolate shavings.
  • Serve: Refrigerate, then, serve!

How to make chocolate bark to decorate the cake?

It is easy to do, just follow these steps:

  • Melt any chocolate of your choice, even chips will do, in the microwave at 30-second intervals and stir in between.
  • Pour it into a baking sheet and spread it evenly.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes and it will solidify. Break it according to your desired shape and size.
  • You can use the chocolate bark to decorate the cake, instead of the shavings.

Does Black Forest Cake have alcohol in it?

In the ingredients, yes, but it is minimal.

It is not enough to make you drunk, just enough to add another dimension of flavor. And as the syrup is boiled, it will burn off most of the alcohol.

How long will Black Forest Cake last?

Refrigerate it and it will stay okay for up to a week in an airtight container.

You can also wrap the cake in plastic wrap, then in foil and freeze for 2-3 months.

More delicious chocolate desserts:

Recipe Tips

  • Use the recipe for the chocolate layers in other desserts, they are very versatile.
  • Do not leave out the espresso as it enhances the chocolate flavor.
  • You can also decorate using ganache.
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5 from 2 reviews

Black Forest Cake Recipe

Black Forest Cake is made with rich chocolate layers, cherries, cherry liqueur, and whipped cream. It has a rich flavor, and each bite is a decadent one.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 12 slices
Prep time: 2 hours Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 2 hrs 30 mins


Chocolate Cake:

Cherry Liqueur Syrup:

Whipped Cream Frosting:



Chocolate Cake:

Cherry Liqueur Syrup:

Whipped Cream Frosting:

Assemble the Cake:

Nutrition information

Carbohydrates: 121 Protein: 12 Fat: 49 Saturated Fat: 31 Cholesterol: 139 Sodium: 457 Potassium: 451 Fiber: 10 Sugar: 87 Vitamin A: 2472 Vitamin C: 1 Calcium: 175 Iron: 5 Calories: 836
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robin rue

Mmmm! This cake sounds so good. I want to bake one right now.



I have been baking and decorating cakes for years but I have yet to make a Black Forrest Cake. This looks amazing! My husbands birthday is coming up and I know he would love it. Chocolate and cherries go so perfectly together.


Tara Pittman

That cake is so pretty. It looks like it came from a bakery as it is so fancy



My husband is a huge fan of black forest cake. I am going to make this for him as a surprise for his birthday!



Wow that cake sure looks amazing. I wish I could have this right now. I definitely will have to try this real soon. I've never actually had black forest cake before.



I have never made a black forest cake before. I love chocolate and cherries so I bet I would love this too.



This is totally drool-worthy! Such an amazing dessert!


Lisa Joy Thompson

My kids love the combo of chocolate and cherries. I bet they'd think this black forest cake is delicious!


Ruth I

Black forest is one of the most popular cake flavors here. I am intrigued how it is done. Thank you for this recipe, i can now do it too!


Krystel | Frugal Living

Sheesh this must taste delicious. I was wondering at first, what is Black Forest cake.



How to make cherry pie filling Clearly


Kathleen Arrindell

I'm planing on making this for Christmas, but very surprised that there's no kirsch in it. Black Forest cake without it ?


Its very good, you will love it!


Rose Campany

Is the melted chocolate add to the cake batter?


Hi Rose, yes, in step #4.



If I cannot find fresh bing cherries could jarred bing cherries work?


yes, they work great!


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