Black Forest Cake I

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Linda Greer
Recipe by  Linda Greer

“Original Black Forest Cake”

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Original recipe yields 1 - 9 inch 3 layer cake



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch, round, cake pans; cover bottoms with waxed paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 cups sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add eggs, milk, oil, and 1 tablespoon vanilla; beat until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 35 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool layers in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Loosen edges, and remove to racks to cool completely.
  4. Drain cherries, reserving 1/2 cup juice. Combine reserved juice, cherries, 1 cup sugar and cornstarch in a 2 quart saucepan. Cook over low heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cool before using.
  5. Combine whipping cream and confectioner's sugar in a chilled medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form.
  6. With long serrated knife, split each cake layer horizontally in half. Tear one split layer into crumbs; set aside. Reserve 1 1/2 cups Frosting for decorating cake; set aside. Gently brush loose crumbs off top and side of each cake layer with pasty brush or hands. To assemble, place one cake layer on cake plate. Spread with 1 cup frosting; top with 3/4 cup cherry topping. Top with second cake layer; repeat layers of frosting and cherry topping. Top with third cake layer. Frost side of cake. Pat reserved crumbs onto frosting on side of cake. Spoon reserved frosting into pastry bag fitted with star decorator tip. Pipe around top and bottom edges of cake. Spoon remaining cherry topping onto top of cake.

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Loved this recipe! My neighbor gave me a great tip. Instead of cutting the cakes with a knife, use a piece of regular sewing string and wrap it around the center of the cake, pull it through and viola! You've cut your cake with no crumbs!



Fabulous. The best black forest cake recipe I've tried, and I've tried a lot. The cake baked up beautifully, the cherries were perfect, and the whole thing just came together wonderfully. The only change I made (and I heartily recommend it)is that I made a syrup out of 1/2 cup reserved cherry juice, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup Kirsch (cherry liqueur - added after the juice/sugar simmered for a bit and then cooled). I drizzled this syrup over the cake sections before I spread the cherries and whipped cream on. It added moisture and tied everything together. Yum!



A lovely cake! It took me 3 hours from start to finish, though I also did a few kitchen chores between steps. The cake part itself makes a very nice chocolate cake that I will probably use for other cakes. Mine was not dry, in fact it was very moist in the center. It had a somewhat crusty top that reminded me very much of brownies. In response to a previous review,I used 2 cans of tart pie cherries (Oregon brand) that were 14.5 ozs. each. The can said that the actual wt. of the cherries was 11.5 ozs. each, so it was close to 20 altogether, and to me it seemed the perfect amount. It seems very involved, and I suppose it is moreso than opening up a mix and a can of frosting, but it just takes more time and the effort is worth it. With the crumbs on the sides (and I also added a dusting of crumb to the top) it is a very forgiving cake for those who have trouble frosting neatly. I agree with the reviewer who suggested starting the cherries first. It took me almost the entire baking time to cook the cherries, and I cooled them in the refrigerator while the cake cooled. But they were still a little warm when I started to put it all together. Had my kitchen been warm today, that might have been a problem. Thank you for a great recipe. I will definitely be making it again.

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Amount Per Serving (12 total)

  • Calories
  • 662 cal
  • 33%
  • Fat
  • 33.9 g
  • 52%
  • Carbs
  • 86.9 g
  • 28%
  • Protein
  • 7.5 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 136 mg
  • 45%
  • Sodium
  • 342 mg
  • 14%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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