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How To Make Schwarzwaeldertorte / Black Forest Cake

Thelma Alberts is passionate about baking and cooking and likes to get creative. She worked for many years in cafeterias in Germany.

Schwarzwaeldertorte / Black Forest Cake

This Schwarzwaeldertorte / Black Forest Cake was made by me when my hubby and I visited my best friend in Bavaria, Germany for a weeks holiday.

This Schwarzwaeldertorte / Black Forest Cake was made by me when my hubby and I visited my best friend in Bavaria, Germany for a weeks holiday.

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As I was checking my hubs, I have noticed that I have not actually written an article about baking my own cakes except baking muffins and other desserts. I am not only passionate about writing but also in baking cakes. I have written many recipes from leftover fried rice to how to make smoothies but not about cakes. It makes me really wonder. Maybe because I baked not only for my family but also for orders that I didn´t write about it or it was just that I unconsciously didn´t want to share the recipe of my best selling cake.

BTW, I have worked before in a cafeteria and a cake shop and was taught by the owner who was a confectioner on how to bake and decorate cakes and pastries. As it was just a small cafeteria and only me as her help, the boss just ordered the chocolate sponge cakes from a company for me to fill and decorate them for Black Forest cakes.

This recipe is my own adaptation after many years of experimentation on how to make this authentic Schwarwaeldertorte / Black Forest cake and to what I have learned in the cafe where I worked in the 90´s.

Schwarzwaeldertorte or Black Forest Cake

Schwarzwäldertorte or Schwarzwaeldertorte is a German name of a Black Forest cake. This cake is named after the mountain region Schwarzwald (which means black forest in english) in the south of Germany. It is a chocolate layer cake with cherries and flavoured with Kirschwasser / Cherry liquor. It is then decorated with whipped cream and fresh or glazed cherry fruits.

I have tried eating Black Forest cakes in England, Ireland and in my home country Philippines but it was so sweet and I did not like it. The Black Forest cake made in Germany was still the best I have eaten.

Living for a few months in the Philippines made me earn money for baking European cakes for friends and relatives who ordered my cakes. Mind you, I brought Cherry liquor from Germany in order to have it real. Black Forest cake is the best selling cake that I had there. Some Filipina friends who are living in Germany and France were ordering Black Forest cakes for their relatives when I was in my hometown in the Philippines.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

45 min

1 hour 15 min

14-16 persons

Kitchen Utensils Needed

  • Mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • Weighing scale
  • Spatula
  • Strainer / colander
  • Cake rotating turntable
  • Pastry bag
  • Baking tin, 28 cm or 11 inches

Ingredients for the Chocolate Cake

  • 250 gram Flour, sieved
  • 250 gram Sugar, brown or white
  • 250 gram Margarine, soft, room temperature
  • 4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 4 pieces Eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons Chocolate Powder

How To Bake The Cake

  1. Heat the oven to 160°C or Gas 3. Meanwhile, mix the flour and baking powder in the mixing bowl.
  2. Add the sugar, margarine and the eggs. Blend them together with an electric mixer until the batter is smooth and light in color.
  3. Add the chocolate powder to the batter and blend well.
  4. Grease the baking tin with soft butter or margarine. Sprinkle a little flour in it and keep turning the baking tin until the flour is distributed at the bottom and the sides of the tin. It will make the cake easily get out.
  5. Spoon the cake batter into the baking tin and bake for 40-45 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean after picking it. Remember, every oven is different and so the time for baking might be lesser or more than 45 minutes. Let it cool or stay overnight before filling the Black Forest cake.
  6. Tip: Remember, it is a sponge cake and so don´t open the oven before the time has come to an end as it might sink.

Fighting against the hot weather!

These Black Forest cakes above were made when I was in my home in the Philippines. The weather was so hot, mostly 30°Celsius that I had difficulty in making the decorations as the double cream melted easily as you can see in the photos. I had to use the canned ready made cherry fillings and the glaze was melting as well. So I had to advice my clients to let the cakes in the fridge and just let them out before eating. The Black Forest cakes were also good eaten like ice cakes.

The very first Black Forest photo in this hub was made in Germany and so it was just perfect as the weather was not hot compared to my home country.

The Cherry Pudding Filling

Ingredients:

  • 1 liter double whipped cream
  • 1-2 pack Gelatine or Sahnefest (use as prescribed)
  • 1 bottle (ca. 680g) cherries without stones / seeds
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2-3 tablespoons cherry liqour

Tips:

  • You can use 1 can ready made cherrry fillings if you can buy that in your country.
  • If you don´t like alcohol in your Black Forest Cake just brush the cake layers with cherry juice instead of cherry liqour.

Cooking the fillings!

  1. Sieve the cherries from the juice and set aside.
  2. Put the cherry juice in a cooking pot, cinnamon, add the sugar and cornstarch.
  3. Stir the liquid mixture while cooking it until it will boil. Put off the heat and add the sieved cherries and mix it well.
  4. Let the cherry filling cool before using.
  5. Whip the cream with the gelatine (don´t forget to follow the gelatine instruction) until hard enough for the filling of the Black Forest cake.
  6. The filling is ready for the cake.


Assemble The Black Forest Cake!

  1. Cut the chocolate sponge cake twice on your cake turntable and so you will have 3 layers or pieces of the sponge cake. By using the cake rotating turntable, it is easy for you to assemble your cake.
  2. Set the 2 top layers aside. Brush the lower part of the cake with the Cherry liquor. Then distribute the cherries on it but leave 1 inch from the edge.
  3. Put 1/3 of the whipped cream on top and make sure the first layer will be covered with the whipped cream.
  4. Then put the second layer on top of the whipped cream. Brush with the Cherry liquor on top. Add the next 1/ 3 of the whipped cream and spread it wisely.
  5. Put the last layer of the sponge cake on top of it and if you like you can brush with cherry liquour on it (if you still have) and add the rest of the whipped cream on top and on the side of the cake. Press the chocolate shavings on the side of the cake.
  6. Then decorate the top with the use of piping bag the way you like it with the remaining whipped cream and some fresh, glazed or maraschino cherries and chocolate shavings in the middle of the cake. Put it in the fridge until you need it.


Black Forest Cake with Cherry Pudding

A slice of a small Black Forest  cake last Easter with cherry filling and cherry pudding on top.

A slice of a small Black Forest cake last Easter with cherry filling and cherry pudding on top.

Small Black Forest Cake

The recipe above is for 10-16 persons depends on how big your slices are. It is good to make for a huge family or for a party but if you want to make a small Black Forest cake, you only have to use the half of the ingredients. In this case it is only for 4-6 persons. You have to make only 2 layers instead of 3.

I have made this small size cake last Easter and as I had a lot of cherry pudding filling, I did not decorate the above of this cake with whipped cream instead I served the cake with this fillings on top.

I hope you will try this Schwarzwaeldertorte / Black Forest cake and please tell me how it goes. Enjoy baking!

A Latest Birthday Black Forest Cake

My latest Black Forest cake made for a friend last April 2015, who lives in The Netherlands.

My latest Black Forest cake made for a friend last April 2015, who lives in The Netherlands.

How To Cut and Assemble Your Cake

Decorating with Pastry Bag

© 2015 Thelma Alberts

Comments

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on February 27, 2020:

Hi! Thank you very much Susan for dropping by. Black Forest cake is indeed love by most people I know. Have a nice day to you there.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on February 25, 2020:

Oh wow! I do love Black Forest Cake and I know so many people that love it too. Your recipe looks amazing and the cake looks like it's to die for. I will be trying your recipe soon.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on June 23, 2018:

Hi Cynthia. I am glad you like the recipe. Yes, it is doable to make. I hope you will try this. When I am in the Philippines, I make this cake with a canned cherries for filling which is imported from the US. Those are the canned cherries which come nearer to the cherries I made for the fillings of Black Forest cake. Thank you for your nice comment.

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on June 17, 2018:

Wow, Thelma, you make the making of a black forest cake seem do-able, even for me. My German mother-in-law always served up a bakery-bought cake that was more delicious than others I have eaten since--I am thinking that perhaps it was the Kirsch and the kind of cherries, maybe the real whipped cream that made the difference. Thank you for posting the recipe!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on June 08, 2018:

You are very welcome RTalloni. Enjoy making and please tell me how it was going. I would love to hear from you about this cake. This is the most ordered cake that I have when I am in the Philippines as well as the favorite of my Dutch and German relatives. Thanks for dropping by. Have a lovely weekend!

RTalloni on June 08, 2018:

Thank you for explaining your method of making this cake. My husband would love this dessert and I believe I could make it. It would be a really nice treat to serve guests.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on October 03, 2017:

Thank you very much Shaloo. Have a great day.

Shaloo Walia from India on October 01, 2017:

These look so delicious and tempting!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on May 12, 2017:

Hi Audrey,

I am sure you can do this. It might not be as good looking as you think but it will still be delicious. I was not a good baker but years of practice made me one. Thanks for your comment. Happy Mother's Day to you. Take care.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on May 03, 2017:

Thelma

You're an amazing cook. I doubt hat I could do this. I've never been good at baking. (Just ask my children). This presentation with easy step-by-step directions makes it easy to follow. I may just try this. It looks delicious.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on September 01, 2016:

Hi Suzettenaples,

You are very welcome dear. I hope you will try to make this delicious cake to bring you some wonderful memories in visiting Köln, Germany. Take care and thanks for stopping by.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on August 26, 2016:

OMG! Talk about memories. I dearly love this cake and yours is wonderful. Thanks for sharing your recipe and tips for baking it. What a wonderful friend you are!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on November 21, 2015:

Thank you very much sujaya venkatesh. Happy weekend!

sujaya venkatesh on November 20, 2015:

so wow a cake

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on October 21, 2015:

You are very welcome moonlake. You can try baking this cake. Thanks for pinning to your board. I appreciate that. Enjoy your day!

moonlake from America on October 21, 2015:

This cake sounds so good. I love cake. I will have to pin this to my cake board. Thanks for sharing.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on September 26, 2015:

Thank you Rebecca. It really tastes the way it looks yummy. I mostly make the small version of this cake as the big one is huge for 4 persons. Enjoy your weekend!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on September 25, 2015:

Wow, Thelma. What a gorgeous cake, and I know it looks as good as it tastes. That was a good idea, giving directions for a smaller cake, too.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on September 11, 2015:

No, it is not difficult to make this Schwarzwaelder cake Tiki33. So your son love baking. I hope he will enjoy making and eating it together with you and your family. Thanks for your comment. Happy weekend!

Tiki33 on September 10, 2015:

This sounds and looks so delicious. I've never tasted Schwarzwaelder -Black-Forest-Cake. It doesn't seem too difficult to bake but I would let my oldest son bake it. That's his area.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on September 09, 2015:

Yes, I have a sponge cake recipe. I have wrote about it at Bubblews. I´ll check and send this to your email. BTW, I sent an email to you in your HP email address. Thanks.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on September 08, 2015:

do you have any recipe for sponge cake? Btw, what is your blog url?

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on August 31, 2015:

Thank you for your visit georgialgal1984. I can relate to that. How I wish I have a piece of this cake right now. LOL! You are very welcome.

Mrs Frugal from United States on August 27, 2015:

Your cakes are amazing! They look so good that I am wishing for a piece right now as I type this. Thanks for sharing this great recipe~ :)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on July 22, 2015:

You are very welcome Margaret;-) Now you can make your own Schwarzwäldertorte there where you are. I´m sure you will love it too. Thanks for your comment.

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on July 22, 2015:

Thelma, thank you for sharing this wonderful and authentic recipe for Schwarzwaeldertorte! It has been many years since I enjoyed a slice of Black Forest Cake. I think my husband would love this.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on June 05, 2015:

Thanks for your wonderful comment Minnetonka Twin. I appreciate that. Please try it and let me know how you like it. Thanks too for sharing this hub. Enjoy your weekend

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on June 04, 2015:

Oh my goodness Thelma-this cake looks and sounds absolutely delicious! I haven't done a lot of baking in my life time, but this is one of my favorite kinds of cake and would love to try making it. Thanks so much for the recipe. I plan to share this all over.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on June 02, 2015:

Yes, it is easy to make scoop. Enjoy making this cake and please tell me how you like it. Thanks for your comment.

scoop on June 02, 2015:

This seems easy enough to make. I am going to have to give this a try one of these days! Thanks for writing this!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on May 29, 2015:

Yes, I am glad about that too jtrader. Thanks for your nice comment. Have a wonderful weekend!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on May 29, 2015:

Hi Catherine! Thanks for your wonderful comment and votes. I appreciate that. Yes, please try making this cake and feel the taste of Germany. Enjoy you weekend!

jtrader on May 29, 2015:

I'm glad you were able to earn money from your baking talent. That cake looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on May 25, 2015:

I love black forest cake and yours looks so beautiful. Chocolate and cherries are two of my favorite foods. I'm saving this recipe for when I feel ambitious about baking. Cherrie are coming into season where I live. Voted up I U B.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on May 17, 2015:

Thanks for your wonderful comment SusanDeppner. I appreciate that. You are very welcome and I hope you will try it. Happy Sunday to you.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on May 16, 2015:

Oh my, this sounds decadent and absolutely delicious, not to mention that it's a gorgeous dessert. You make it sound very easy, too. Thanks for the recipe and the inspiration!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on May 14, 2015:

Hi AudreyHowitt! I´m glad the photo attracted you and that you read my hub. Thanks for your comment.

Audrey Howitt from California on May 14, 2015:

This picture just stopped me in my tracks--and the recipe looks wonderful! A must make!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on May 13, 2015:

Hi alexandry! I´m glad I brought some good memories of you visiting the Black Forest. Lol! You made me smile with that "yummy button." Yes, why not? Let´s ask the staff. Thanks for your comment.

Adrienne Farricelli on May 12, 2015:

Oh, wow, you bring back happy memories of when I visited the Black Forest with my family and we had a taste of that cake. What a wonderful combination, chocolate, cherries and whipped cream! So refreshing on that hot, summer day. Voted up, useful and beautiful. I wished there was a yummy button too!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on May 10, 2015:

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan! It only looks difficult but it is not as you learn how to. Thanks for your wonderful comment. Happy Mother´s Day to you dear.

Claudia Mitchell on May 09, 2015:

Wow Thelma - This looks incredible. It's not a cake I have ever tried making before, it looks far too difficult, but I may just have to give it a try. Well done recipe!!!!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on May 09, 2015:

Hi Mary! You are very welcome. I hope you have all the ingredients there if you make this cake for tomorrow. I hope you will like it. Thank you very much for all the votes and shares. I appreciate that. I still have 2 slices from this cake I made last month which are thawing now for our afternoon tea drinking. You can freeze some leftover of this cake. Enjoy your Mother´s Day!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 09, 2015:

Oh, my...I may have to change my dessert menu for Mother's Day. My children will cook the meal for me, but I always make dessert. I think I will surprise them with this beauty. I bookmarked your recipe.

Thanks for the recipe. German chocolate is one I make frequently, but I like yours better!

Voted UP, etc., shared, and Pinned to my cake board.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on May 08, 2015:

Thank you very much The Dirt Farmer for your comment and for sharing and pinning this recipe. Advance Mother´s Day for Sunday.

Jill Spencer from United States on May 08, 2015:

My heavens, this looks delicious! Shared and pinned. Yum!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on May 04, 2015:

You are very welcome Cornelia. Yes, try making this cake. You don´t have to put cherry liquor on it if your children are still small. I hope you will like it. Thanks for your comment.

Korneliya Yonkova from Cork, Ireland on May 04, 2015:

Thank you so much for this awesome recipe, my younger daughter saw the photo and wants me to make the same cake :)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on April 27, 2015:

Thank you very much viking305 for your nice comment. Enjoy baking.

L M Reid from Ireland on April 27, 2015:

Wow this cake recipe is great. I am going to bake this soon. Love the photos

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on April 22, 2015:

Thank you very much ologsinquito for your nice comment. Have a nice hump day!

ologsinquito from USA on April 21, 2015:

It looks delicious. You did a great job with this cake.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on April 20, 2015:

Thank you very much Sheilamarie78. Yes, you can make it yourself. The chocolate cake recipe above is my basic cake and sometimes I added mashed bananas to the batter to have banana cake. I hope you´ll try baking black forest cake. Tell me then how it goes.

Sheilamarie from British Columbia on April 20, 2015:

That cake is really impressive, Thelma. Wow! And you've given us the steps so we can make it, too.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on April 20, 2015:

Really? I mostly used butter in my cakes but it did not happen to me. Maybe you have made your butter into liquid before mixing it with the flour? I just used soft butter which was in room temperature in making a cake batter and it turned out well. I used margarine in the recipe above as the filling was already flavoured. I used that recipe as my basic and used butter instead of margarine when adding mashed bananas for making banana sponge cake. Why not try it? Thanks for comment peachpurple.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 20, 2015:

oh thelma, you are so good at baking cakes, but everytime I use 250g butter , my cake becomes dense, wet and runny. Why?

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on April 18, 2015:

Thank you very much Peggy for all your votes, giving 5 stars and sharing this recipe to others. I appreciate that. What a pity you have not tried this black forest cake in Schwarzwald / Black Forest Germany. I heard that´s where you can eat the best of black forest cake.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 18, 2015:

Wow! Your cake photos are beautiful and thanks for sharing your recipe with us Thelma. I have gotten to visit the Black Forest in Germany with my German friend but never did eat this type of cake while there. UUB votes; gave this a 5 star rating and will pin to my cakes board and also share.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on April 17, 2015:

Hi radhikasree! Thank you very much for your comment, your votes and for sharing this hub to others. I appreciate that. Of course you can make it yourself if you want to. It is not difficult and you don´t have to put cherry liqour on it if you don´t want alcohol. Enjoy your weekend!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on April 17, 2015:

Yes, of course I can Nell. Maybe I should visit you and make one for you. LOL! Thanks for the wonderful comment, vote and sharing this to others. Enjoy your weekend ahead!

Radhika Sreekanth from Mumbai,India on April 16, 2015:

How beautifully you've prepared this cake! How I wish I too could make such cakes! These black forest cakes look so delicious and lovely.

Voted up, beautiful, useful and interesting. Shared too.

Nell Rose from England on April 16, 2015:

Hi Thelma, well if you can cook this well I want you to bake one for me! LOL! wonderful hub, and it looks so yummy! voted up and shared, nell

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on April 15, 2015:

LOL! Thanks for that Sandy. Have a lovely hump day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on April 15, 2015:

Hi ChitrangadaSharan!

Thanks for your wonderful comment, sharing and your vote. I appreciate that. Maybe you would like to try this for your party. Have a nice hump day!

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin on April 14, 2015:

I have always loved seeing your cakes. This is to die for. YUM!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 14, 2015:

Wow! What a delicious looking cake. Black forest is my family's favorite anytime. Your presentation is so nice with details.

The combination of ingredients sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing and voted up!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on April 14, 2015:

I wish I could give you a piece Rachel as I have 2 slices frozen, leftovers from Easter. That´s nice that you are going to try this recipe. Please tell me your feedback. Thanks for the stars and for voting up and beautiful. Enjoy your day!

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on April 13, 2015:

Your Black Forest cake looks amazing and wish I had a piece right now. I will have to try to make one using your recipe. Thanks for sharing. Voted 5 stars and up and beautiful.

Blessings to you.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on April 13, 2015:

You are very welcome AliciaC. Yes, the chocolate, cream and cherry liqour combination is very delicious. I hope you´ll try it. Thanks for your comment. Happy new week!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 12, 2015:

I love Black Forest cake! I think the flavour combination of chocolate, cream and cherry liqueur is absolutely delicious. Thank you very much for sharing this recipe, Thelma.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on April 12, 2015:

Hi Suzie HQ! It´s nice to hear from you again. I hope you are doing fine. Yes, try this recipe and please give me a feedback after that. Thank you very much for the 5 stars. Enjoy your new week ahead.

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on April 12, 2015:

Looks fantastic Thelma and as always your detail amazing! I love black forest cake and yours looks so good would love to try your recipe.

Lovely pics and voted 5+++++++ all the way!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on April 12, 2015:

You are welcome drbj. I'm sure that your vacation in Vienna was wonderful. I'm glad I have reminded you that. Have a happy weekend!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on April 11, 2015:

Black Forest cake is one of my favorites and the tastiest version I ever ate was in Vienna. Ah, sweet memories! Thanks for your version of the recipe, Thelma. My mouth is watering already.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany and Philippines on April 11, 2015:

Hi Suzette! You are very welcome. Thank you very much for your wonderful comment. You don´t have to go to Germany to eat this cake. You can make it yourself. I hope you will. Happy weekend!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on April 11, 2015:

Thma: what a wonderful hub. I love this cake from my days of living in Germany. Your recipe is certainly authentic. Your cake decorations are beautiful and so creative. Thanks for sharing your recipes with us for the cake and cherry filling. What a treat!