German Chocolate Cake


Here is a recipe for the legend that is Black Forest Gateau

This German Chocolate Cake Recipe is known as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte or Black Forest Gateau. Alongside heaps of chocolate and sponge there are rich black cherries for a wonderful sweetness and cream to add a touch of indulgence plus a splash of cherry liquor too. This cake has been around since the early 1900s and was probably first produced by a baker called Josef Keller in Bad Godesberg in the Black Forest. The Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte is considered the ultimate chocolate cake recipe.

  • 350g caster sugar
  • 350g butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 100g cocoa powder
  • 2 tins black cherries in syrup
  • 200g organic plain chocolate
  • 3 tbsp kirsch liquour
  • 600ml double cream

Instructions for the Black Forest chocolate cake

Lightly butter a 20cm (8in) loose-bottomed cake tin then dust with a little plain flour and shake off any excess. Line the tin with greaseproof paper.
For the cake, place butter and sugar in a bowl and whisk Beat in the eggs and then fold in the flour and the cocoa powder.
Spoon the mixture into a lined 8 inch cake tin bake in the pre-heated oven for just over half an hour.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for five minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.
slice the cooled cake horizontally into three equally sized rounds.Drain the cherries. Add the cherry liquour to 200ml of the reserved cherry syrup.
Place each round on a chopping board and spoon the cherry syrup evenly over each disc and leave to soak in.
Now heat 200ml of the double cream to scalding point then add the chocolate pieces. Remove from the heat and stir gently until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Pour this mixture into a bowl and allow to cool and thicken in the fridge.
Whip the rest of the cream until stiff. Spread one of the cake discs with half of the cream then cover with half of the cherries, pressing them in lightly. Top with the second disc of sponge and repeat this process, finishing with the third disc left plain on top.
Cover the entire cake with thecooled chocolate frosting.

Say a quiet thank you to the memory of Josef Keller and tuck in.

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