Indulge in Decadence: Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte Recipe

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Enter the realm of German baking perfection with Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, also known as Black Forest Cake. This iconic dessert layers rich chocolate cake with cherries and whipped cream, creating a symphony of flavors that's as impressive to look at as it is delightful to eat.


1 lb (0.45 kg) chocolate sponge cake layers

1 can (24 oz) cherries in syrup, drained

1/2 cup Kirschwasser (cherry brandy)

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate shavings or cocoa powder for garnish


Place one chocolate sponge cake layer on a serving plate. Brush generously with Kirschwasser. Whip the heavy cream with powdered sugar and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form. Spread a layer of whipped cream over the soaked cake layer. Arrange a layer of drained cherries on top of the whipped cream. Repeat the layers of cake, Kirschwasser, whipped cream, and cherries until all ingredients are used, finishing with a layer of whipped cream on top. Use a spatula to smooth the whipped cream on the top and sides of the cake. Decorate the top of the cake with chocolate shavings or a dusting of cocoa powder. Chill the Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or overnight, before serving.


Slice the chilled Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte with a sharp knife and serve each piece with an extra dollop of whipped cream if desired. Pair with a cup of coffee or a glass of Kirschwasser for the ultimate indulgence.

Elevate your dessert game with the timeless elegance of Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. With its luscious layers of chocolate, cherries, and cream, this iconic cake is sure to impress at any gathering or special occasion.