Black Forest Cake



  • 1 2/3 cup cake flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 oz kirsch (brandy)
  • 12 oz buttermilk
  • 16 oz heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 oz semisweet baking chocolate
  • 4 oz shortening
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 8 oz butter
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tsp kirsch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp coffee (very strong)
  • 14 oz sweet cherries in heavy syrup, drained
  • 12 oz sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Step 1
In a mixing bowl, combine cake flour, baking soda, cocoa and one teaspoon salt through a sieve, mix well and keep it aside.
Step 2
Cream shortening in a medium-sized mixing bowl and add sugar to it. Stir continuously till the mixture becomes light and fluffy. Add eggs along with the vanilla essence into it and mix thoroughly.
Step 3
Add the above mixture into the flour mixture, along with 8 ounces of buttermilk (alternatively). Mix well till all the ingredients are blended completely.
Step 4
Take two 8 inch round pans and place parchment circles at the surfaces and pour the prepared cake mixture into it. Bake both the pans in a 350°F preheated oven for at least 35-40 minutes or till it is completely done. Do the toothpick test to check whether the cake is baked fully before taking it out.
Step 5
Let the baked cakes cool completely on a wire rack. Once this is done, slice the cakes from the center horizontally. Pour 1 ounce kirsch each on the cut side of both the cakes and set aside.
Step 6
Beat the butter in another bowl till it becomes light and fluffy. Add a pinch of salt, coffee, remaining buttermilk, confectioners sugar and mix well.
Step 7
Take one layer of the cake on a plate and spread 1/3 of the filling on it evenly. Place 1/3 of the cherries on top of it and place another layer of cake above it and repeat the same procedure.
Step 8
Once all the layers have been filled, make a mixture with 3 teaspoons kirsch and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and pour over the cake. Prepare icing by whisking cream in a bowl and adding it to the uppermost layer. To decorate the cake, sprinkle chocolate shavings on top of the cake.