This decadent homemade Black Forest cake is as easy as can be to make. This classic dessert is made up of two layers of moist chocolate cake surrounded by whipped cream and juicy black cherries.

Easy Homemade Black Forest Cake - moist decadent chocolate cake surrounded by whipped cream and juicy black cherries. #blackforestcake #easyblackforestcake #blackforestgateau

Black Forest cake is one of my all-time favorite desserts. I usually take the shortcut route and use a cake-mix, but this time I wanted to make it from scratch yet still make it as easy as possible to prepare and assemble. So I kept things pretty simple with just two layers of cake instead of three or four. I didn’t bother with frosting the whole cake or any fancy piping. I used canned cherries in the filling because there is no pitting or cooking required, and they’re available all year round. Now I do love decorating with fresh cherries when they are available. However cherry season is very short here in Canada.

Easy Homemade Black Forest Cake - moist decadent chocolate cake surrounded by whipped cream and juicy black cherries. #blackforestcake #easyblackforestcake #blackforestgateau

This recipe starts with an oil-based chocolate cake, so there is no creaming of the butter and sugar together using an electric mixer. There is no alternating between wet and dry ingredients. You simply whisk all the ingredients together by hand. I added some cream cheese to the whipped cream to make it sturdier and more stable. It also adds a bit of tang to balance the richness of the whipping cream.

Easy Homemade Black Forest Cake - moist decadent chocolate cake surrounded by whipped cream and juicy black cherries. #blackforestcake #easyblackforestcake #blackforestgateau

There are so many components in this cake that make it absolutely delectable. The cake is supremely moist, rich and chocolaty. The whipped cream is smooth and light in texture with a little bit of tang from the cream cheese to brighten up the taste. The cherries are soft, juicy and fruity. All together it makes for a perfect harmony of flavors.

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Easy Homemade Black Forest Cake - moist decadent chocolate cake surrounded by whipped cream and juicy black cherries. #blackforestcake #easyblackforestcake #blackforestgateau

Homemade Black Forest Cake


  • Author: Lily Ernst
  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10

Description

This decadent homemade Black Forest cake is as easy as can be to make. This classic dessert is made up of two layers of moist chocolate cake surrounded by whipped cream and juicy black cherries.


Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 3/4 (228g) cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (85g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (250ml) whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (250ml) hot water

Cream topping and filling

  • 1250 gram pkg of cream cheese
  • 1473ml cartoon of whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 can of pitted black cherries (drained well)

Optional decorations

  • fresh or maraschino cherries
  • chocolate curls or shaving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease two 9″ round cake pans with non-stick baking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla and eggs.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  5. Slowly add in the hot water and stir until the batter is well combined.
  6. Divide the batter into the prepared baking pans and bake for 30-32 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before assembling and trim cake domes if needed.
  7. Using an electric mixer, blend the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Slowly add half the whipping cream and whip for a minute or so until it just starts to thicken. Add the rest of the whipping cream and continue to whip until stiff peaks form.
  8. Spread about one quarter of the whipped cream on one of the cakes. Spoon the cherries on top and spread another quarter of the whipped cream on top of the cherries. Layer the second cake on and top with the remaining whipped cream. Decorate as desired.

Notes

Chilling the assembled cake for 30 minutes will make it easier to slice and serve. Leftover cake can be stored in the fridge covered up for 2-3 days.

  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: black forest cake recipe, easy black forest cake, black forest gateau

Easy Homemade Black Forest Cake - moist decadent chocolate cake surrounded by whipped cream and juicy black cherries. #blackforestcake #easyblackforestcake #blackforestgateau

Recipe adapted from my German Chocolate Cake and my Easy Black Forest Cake.

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