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Friday, 24 June 2011

Black Forest Cake

This is my very first recipe on the web and it is so good to finally start my own thread! :)
Black Forest is a simple cake. If you want to master decorating cakes, then it is best to start off with a black forest, because it doesn't require perfection! Although it did take me 4 hours to make it the 1st time, it really is a quite simple cake to make. I made it within 1 hour the second time.

Steps to making a Black Forest Cake:-
1. Baking a simple chocolate cake.
2. Preparing the Frosting
3. Assembling & Decorating the cake

                                              I. Simple Chocolate Cake
Condensed milk- 400 grams (1 can)
Butter – 125 grams
Maida/ All purpose Flour – 225 grams
Cocoa powder – 3-4 tablespoons
Baking powder – 1 teaspoon
Baking soda – 1 teaspoon
Aerated cola – 200ml (I used Coca-Cola)

i) Preheat the oven to 160°C
ii) Grease an 8 or 9 inch baking pan. (Don't know how to grease a baking pan? Click here)
iii) Melt the 125 gms of Butter in a Microwave (or medium flame) and let it cool.
iv) Add milkmaid and beat well till you get a gooey mixture.
v) Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda.
vi) Add maida mix to the milkmaid-butter mixture alternating with cola till maida and cola are finished.

vii) Pour into the greased baking tin and bake for 30-40 minutes or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean

viii) Let it completely cool on a wire rack

                                                II. Preparing the Frosting/ Cream
Fresh cream (Heavy Whipping) ** – 300 ml
Powdered sugar – 4-5 tablespoons
Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon
** Make sure that it is heavy whipping cream. Non fat cream cannot be whipped.
- Keep cream and the beater blades in the freezer for about half an hour.
- Add sugar and essence to the chilled cream.
- Beat well till the cream is thick and forms soft peaks.
- Keep refrigerated till use.
Alternative -  If you aren't able to find whipping cream in the market, you could use the ready-made whipped cream powder. In India, you get such a powder by the Bluebird Foods
Check out my detailed post on Whipped Cream

III. Sugar/Cherry Syrup
The black forest cake is extremely soft in texture. What brings about such a delicate texture is the Rum/ Cherry/ Sugar syrup we sprinkle on the cake generously before applying the frosting! To make the cherry/ sugar syrup:-
- Boil 1 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar & 8-10 cherries until the pulp of the cherries start coming out.
- Keep smashing the cherries and boiling the water.
- Once the pulp is completely smashed, filter out the syrup & let it cool.
- Alternative: if you don't wan't cherry water, simply use sugar water to sprinkle on the cake.
IV. Assembling & Decorating the CAKE
A cup of cherries. (if you want to use strawberries, go ahead! J)
A bar of hard Milk / Dark Chocolate (depending upon your taste)
Edible Silver Beads (optional)
Chocolate Chips (optional)

(i) Cut the cake into 2 or 3 layers
(ii) Keep one layer of the cake on the serving plate
(iii) Sprinkle 3-4 tablespoons of cherry/sugar syrup generously all over it.
(iv) Spread 3-4 tablespoons of whipped cream on top of the layer. Leave the sides.
(v) Chop the cherries & add them to the layer.
(vi) Close the whole layer with another cut layer of the cake.
(vii) Again sprinkle syrup & repeat the whole process.
(viii) After all the layers are completed, cover the whole cake with whipped cream on the sides & top
(ix) Decorate the cake with chocolate shavings, cherries, chocolate chips, silver beads, etc. You can decorate them however you want!

I made Black Forest cake two times. The second time, it came out even more beautifully! Here is a picture:- 
Do try out the recipe & let me know your feedback!


  1. It's eggless, thanks a lot...:) I will make it today as it's my engagement anniversary...

  2. Happy Anniversary Saru! :) Do let mek now how it comes out!

  3. Thank you for the kind words!Happy Baking and Blogging!!

  4. looks very nice! for a first time baker, u sure seem pretty professional!

  5. Black Forest is one of my all time favourite cakes. Thanks for stopping by my space.........glad to follow yours.

  6. Hey Kavi,

    That's the same recipe I'd made with aerated drink. That was real yummy. Everyone in my office liked it so much and craving for more.

    Of course I made it without cherries topping. (Already posted pics in my blog) sent to you sometime ago.

    Unfortunately my wife did not have a chance to taste it as she was out on hols with her friends.



Thanks for the feedback! :-)

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