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Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Cookie Madness


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon 15 ml vinegar
  • 1 3/4 cups 220 grams all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 380 grams granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup 65 grams unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon 5 ml baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons 10 ml baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon 2 ml salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup 120 ml vegetable oil
  • 1 cup 240 ml strong brewed coffee, cold
  • 1 teaspoon 5ml vanilla extract


  • 2 20 ounce cans pitted sour cherries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whipped Cream:

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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 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 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool completely before filling.
  • With long serrated knife, split each cake layer horizontally in half. Tear one split layer into crumbs; set aside. For finer crumbs, you can pulse the cake layer in the food processor.
  • To assemble, place one cake layer on cake plate. Spread with about 1 cup whipped cream; top with about 3/4 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. Pat reserved crumbs onto frosting on side of cake. Arrange a bit more filling on top in a decorative way.
  • Filling: Drain cherries, reserving 1/2 cup juice. Combine reserved juice, cherries, 1 cup sugar and cornstarch in a 2 quart saucepan. Cook over low heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in 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