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Holly's Black Forest Cake Recipe

Holly's Black Forest Cake

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"This is a recipe that is simple to make and always makes people at parties rave. Garnish with dollops of whipped cream and reserved cherries."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 8 or 9 inch layer cake Change Servings
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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2- 8 or 9 inch round cake pans.
  2. In a medium sized bowl combine flour, white sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add water, shortening, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed until combined. Then beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs and melted chocolate and beat 2 minutes more. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool cakes on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans and let cool thoroughly on a wire rack.
  4. To Make Frosting: Beat butter until fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups of confectioner's sugar and the cocoa. Beat well than add the milk, and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Beat in the remaining confectioner's sugar and any additional milk as needed for spreadability.
  5. To Make Filling: Drain cherries reserving 2/3 cup of the liquid. In a medium sauce pan combine reserved liquid and cornstarch, add fruit. Cook over medium heat and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for more 2 minutes and then stir in the orange or cherry liqueur. Remove from heat cover and cool without stirring.
  6. Arrange one cake layer on a serving dish and spread the cooled cherry filling over the top (reserve some cherries for a garnish for top of cake). Place second layer on top filling and frost sides and top of cake with frosting.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 25, 2004

I was expecting it to be much better. It was not worth all the work. Everyone enjoyed it enyway and it was very pretty. I decorated the cake with the cherries, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings.

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 08, 2004

Where to begin... Well, this recipe produced a very dense cake (and not in the dense = fudgy sense). It was heavy and actually a bit bland. The frosting? Well, I only added 3 cups of confectioners sugar, and it was virtually too thick to spread. I had to use a hot spatula to get it to spread evenly. I would not make this cake again.

 

10 Ratings

Jan 25, 2004

This cake was absolutely great! Exactly what I was looking for and a wonderful addition to my recipe box.

 
Oct 23, 2009

A traditional Schwarzfelder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cherry Cake) uses Schwarzfelder Kirschwasser-Black Forest Cherry Schnapps. You should use a cherry liquor instead of orange.

 
Jan 25, 2004

I made it for my boyfriend's birthday and everyone simply thought it was delicious. One thing though, I had sprinkled flour on the cake tray before I put the cakes in, so there was powder flour on the cake tray and at the bottom of the cake as I was serving. It was a little embarrassing, and I would not use flour as a non-stick apparatus anymore. Nevertheless, everyone enjoyed it. Thanks for a great recipe!

 
Feb 20, 2005

It absolutely gets high scores for being quick which is very nice but it's too sweet. If I make it again I'll try adding more chocolate and cutting on the sugar.

 
Aug 25, 2008

Made it for a potluck didn't come home with a crumb

 
Aug 26, 2009

Great recipe!!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 586 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 103.6 g
  • 33%
  • Cholesterol
  • 49 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 19 g
  • 29%
  • Fiber
  • 3.5 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 5.4 g
  • 11%
  • Sodium
  • 223 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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