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Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword black forest
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Author Cookie Madness


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour (220 grams)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar (380 grams)
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (65 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil (canola is fine)
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee, cold
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 can pitted sour cherries
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract

Whipped Cream:

  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour three 8 inch cake pans.
  • Combine milk and vinegar to make sour milk; set aside.
  • Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • Whisk together the eggs, oil, coffee and vanilla in a large bowl. Stir in the sour milk. Gradually beat in the flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated.
  • Pour batter into prepared pans. Place pans on center rack and place a cookie sheet on lower rack just in case there are spill-overs. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool completely before filling.
  • To assemble, place one cake layer on cake plate. Spread with about 1 cup whipped cream; top with about ¾ cup cherry topping. Top with second cake layer; repeat layers of whipped cream and cherry topping. Top with third cake layer. Frost side of cake with remaining whipped cream.
  • Filling: Drain cherries, reserving ¼ cup juice. Combine reserved juice, cherries, sugar and cornstarch in a 2 quart saucepan. Cook over low heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir 2 teaspoons butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cool before using.
  • Whipped Cream: Combine whipping cream and confectioner's sugar in a chilled medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla