Black Forest Cake

14 Mar

Carl loves Black Forest Cake, so for his birthday I decided to attempt to make a homemade one.  I think this is one of the easiest cakes in the world to make, so remember that if you’re ever tempted to buy one again…and this way also happens to taste better, if I do say so myself.

I love cake mixes for angel food cake but that wasn’t the texture I wanted here, so I made this moist, dense cake, which should quickly become your go-to chocolate cake when you need a basic cake, or when last minute guests are coming over and you only want to spend 5 minutes putting something in the oven – this is as quick as a cake mix and you can pronounce all the ingredients, and mix it all in one bowl!  Win, win, aaand win.

5-Minute Chocolate Cake

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

2 cups cold water

2/3 cup vegetable oil

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp white vinegar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla


Heat oven to 350.  Grease two 8″ round cake pans or a 9×13” baking pan.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.  Beat with electric mixer on medium to high speed until well combined.  Pour into prepared pan.  Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Serve with ice cream and chocolate sauce or ice as desired…or make Black Forest Cake!

To complete Black Forest Cake you need:

4 tbsp icing sugar (more to taste)

1 500 ml carton whipping cream

1 can cherry pie filling


Once cakes have cooled, slice any bulge off the top of the bottom layer to create a flat surface.  (If you’re really good with a knife, slice both cakes horizontally in half and make a 4-layer cake with cherry filling between each layer.  I know what happens to bagels when I attempt to slice them down the middle so I opted out of this step). Reserve a few cherries on paper towel to decorate the top of the cake and top the bottom layer with the rest of the can of cherry pie filling – the juice will run down the sides a bit but it will all be covered by the whipped cream eventually.

For “icing”, combine whipping cream and icing sugar in a large mixing bowl and whip on medium-high speed until it holds fairly stiff peaks.  Spread all over cake and decorate as desired…I just grated a square of baking chocolate to sprinkle on and topped with some extra dollops of whipped cream with cherries on top.

If this all sounds like too much work you could just make the cake in the 9×13 pan and serve squares topped with whipped cream and cherry pie filling and I’m sure it would be just as delicious!

7 Responses to “Black Forest Cake”

  1. Sara March 14, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    I made something almost identical for one of the boys birthdays and it was just going to be chocolate cake with cherry filling between the two layers with a whipping cream icing. It tasted like the perfect black forest cake and SO easy. I would never buy one again. 🙂

  2. chelsea March 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    I am inspired and I can’t even eat cake 🙂 looks delicious… i will have to get brandon some bigger pants now that you’ve started blogging 🙂

    • hiddenponies March 14, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

      Lol, I don’t think Brandon has to worry about his waistline anytime soon 🙂

  3. Lisa Wilki March 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    Yum! Looks so good!

  4. Irene Helder March 26, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    My sis made this cake last weekend and it was scumptious with chocolate buttercream frosting. I’m making it today for a party! So, thanks for the recipe!

  5. Heidi Blanken March 29, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    I was planning on trying to make this cake for Easter. my DAd LOVES black forest cake. Do you think it would feed my massive family, or should I make two of them???

    • hiddenponies March 29, 2011 at 8:52 am #

      Hmmm…I think it would easily serve about 12, so if it’s your whole family and kids I would probably make two since it’s pretty kid-friendly too 🙂

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