March 28th is Black Forest Cake Day, a day that celebrates one of the most decadent of decadent desserts. Black Forest cake hails from Germany, where it is known as Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte, which translates as “Black Forest cherry torte.” A Black Forest cake is a sponge cake that’s layered with whipped cream and cherries, then topped with additional whipped cream for frosting and cherries for garnish.
You may not know this, but Black Forest cake is actually named for a tart cherry liquor, called Kirschwasser, that’s distilled in the Black Forest region of Germany, rather than for the Black Forest mountain range itself. This was an ingredient in the original recipe for Black Forest cake, and so an all-time favorite flavor combo of chocolate and cherries was born. A couple of the recipes we have for you today include boozy ingredients, paying homage to the recipe that started it all. While the original recipe includes ingredients such as eggs and milk, we can easily make it vegan.
So today, let’s celebrate the combination of chocolate, cherries, and whipped cream with five different ways you can make Black Forest cake.
1. Black Forest Cake
Not only is this Black Forest Cake made with whole grain flour, it also can be made sugar-free! It contains healthy fats from the avocado and chia seeds, as well as a surprisingly high amount of protein for a cake. Top this healthier version of Black Forest cake with a generous dollop of coconut whipped cream to bring it even closer to the original.
2. Black Forest Pancakes
Chocolate, cherries, and luscious coconut cream — these decadent Black Forest Pancakes are perfect for your Sunday morning brunch. Serve these fresh off the skillet, with lots of maple syrup, and a cherry on top!
3. Castle Black Forest Cupcake
Traditional Black Forest cake is made from multiple layers of chocolate cake, then dollops of whipped cream and cherries. But dealing with multiple layers of cake can be fussy if you’re a beginner baker. These Castle Black Forest Cupcakes simplify the process by giving you everything a Black Forest cake should be, without the heavy involvement. Dark beer is mixed into the rich chocolate batter, creating a dessert experience unlike any other. And because they’re cupcakes, you can even take them with you when you’re on the go! Theoretically, you could do that with a regular cake, but these make it way easier.
4. Black Forest Mini Cake ‘Gâteau Forêt Noire’
Hello, beautiful. We need this Black Forest Mini Cake ‘Gâteau Forêt Noire’ in our life. One the mini cake is finished baking; it’s sliced in half and filled with a layer of cherries that have been soaked in cherry liqueur, followed by a generous amount of cool coconut whipped cream, and a shaved chocolate topping.
5. Raw Chocolate Cherry Brownies
These Raw Chocolate Cherry Brownies are the most unique take on Black Forest cake you’ll ever have. For one, they’re brownies and second; they’re raw. They are naturally sweetened with dates and dried cherries, which adds to the richness of this smooth chocolate brownie. Crunchy almonds and chewy cherries give it a texture that will leave you wanting more.
Chocolate and cherry are a timeless combination that’s made even better when whipped cream is added into the mix, and these recipes prove how versatile they can be. What are you waiting for? Try one of these recipes today!