This ‘Black Forest Cake’ has been one of my family’s TOP 3 desserts for special occasions. My husband and children all love this cake. ‘Black Forest Cake’ is such a popular cake and you can find so many different recipes on the internet and cooking books, but my recipe is fairly easy and fuss-free.

Cake Tin

18 to 20cm Round Cake Tin

Chocolate Cake Ingredients

*Note: This is my ‘Super Easy Chocolate Cake’ ingredients.
Dry Ingredients
Self-Raising Flour 1 & 1/3 cups
BC Soda 1 teaspoon
Cocoa Powder 1/3 cup
Sugar 1 cup
Wet Ingredients
Butter Milk 1 cup
Butter 125g *melted
Eggs 2
Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon

Filling & Decoration

Pitted Dark Cherries (Tinned OR Jarred) 600 to 800g
Thickened Cream 400 to 600ml
Kirsch 2 tablespoons
Dark Chocolate *shaved OR grated

  1. Bake a chocolate cake 18cm OR 20cm in diameter. My ‘Super Easy Chocolate Cake’ recipe can be found here. Turn onto a wire rack to cool completely, then cut horizontally into 2 or 3 layers using a large serrated knife.
  2. Drain the pitted cherries, reserving 1/4 cup of the juice. Reserve 12 good-looking cherries for decoration.
  3. Use an electric beater or a whisk to beat cream in a large bowl until firm peaks form. *Note: You may wish to add 1 tablespoon Caster Sugar to the cream before beating. I always add NO sugar to the cream.
  4. Mix reserved cherry juice and Kirsch in a small bowl.
  5. Place 1st layer of cake on a serving plate and drizzle over the kirsch mixture. Spread the cream and arrange the cherries evenly. Repeat if you have three layers. Then finish with the top layer of the cake.
  6. Spread some cream over the top (and side of the cake if you wish). Decorate the cake with the remaining cream, cherries and shaved dark chocolate.