Black Forest gâteau

    1 hour 35 min

    This is a classic Black Forest cake recipe that never really goes out of style. Moist and delicious chocolate cake is sandwiches with a luscious chocolate buttercream and black cherries. Perfect for birthdays or special occasions.

    15 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 250g plain flour
    • 350g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 320ml water
    • 110g butter or margarine
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 2 eggs
    • 85g cooking chocolate, melted
    • 75g butter
    • 500g icing sugar, sifted
    • 4 tablespoons milk
    • 50g unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 (425g) tin black cherries, drained with juice reserved
    • 1 tablespoon cornflour
    • 6 teaspoons orange liqueur

    Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour two 20 or 23cm round cake tins.
    2. In a medium sized bowl combine flour, caster sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Add water, margarine and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed until combined. Then beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs and melted chocolate and beat 2 minutes more. Pour batter into prepared tins.
    3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool cakes on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from tins and let cool thoroughly on a wire rack.
    4. To Make Icing: Beat butter until fluffy. Gradually add half of icing sugar and the cocoa. Beat well than add the milk and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Beat in the remaining icing sugar and any additional milk as needed for spreadability.
    5. To Make Filling: Drain cherries reserving 160ml of the liquid. In a medium saucepan combine reserved liquid and cornflour, add fruit. Cook over medium heat and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for more 2 minutes and then stir in the orange or cherry liqueur. Remove from heat cover and cool without stirring.
    6. Arrange one cake layer on a serving dish and spread the cooled cherry filling over the top (reserve some cherries for a garnish for top of cake). Place second layer on top filling and ice sides and top of cake with icing.

    Recently viewed

    Reviews & ratings
    Average global rating:

    Reviews in English (9)


    Gave this a go this morning and it was a total disaster, i followed the recipe exactly and the cakes just didnt cook. even after an hour in the oven, very disappointed as was intended as a surprise birthday cake.  -  03 Feb 2012


    I was expecting it to be much better. It was not worth all the work. Everyone enjoyed it enyway and it was very pretty. I decorated the cake with the cherries, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings.  -  30 Oct 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This cake was absolutely great! Exactly what I was looking for and a wonderful addition to my recipe box.  -  11 Apr 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)