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Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte

This cake is a classic German treat. Easy to make,al though it requires some time and patience. It is wholesome and delicious. Vegetarian.
Prep Time 45 mins
Baking time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine German
Servings 8 people


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 tin Maraschino cherries
  • 1 handful fresh black cherries for decoration
  • 180 ml Kirschwasser (cherry liqueur)
  • 200 g white sugar
  • 120 ml water
  • 960 ml cream suitable for whipping
  • 60 g powdered sugar
  • 200 g plain chocolate
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 67 ml tapioca starch
  • 1 tbs lemon juice


  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Mix the cake mix according to the packet instructions.
  • Bake the cake according to instructions.
  • While the cake is baking, start making the cherry filling as this needs time to cool.
  • Combine the tinned cherries with 100g sugar and 60ml Kirsch in a small saucepan.
  • In a small glass, dilute the tapioca starch in 30ml water and 15ml lemon juice.
  • Add the mixture to the cherries and bring to the boil.
  • Lower the temperature and allow the mixture to simmer.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the butter until it has melted.
  • Allow the mixture to cool completely before using. You may need to put it in the fridge or deep freeze.
  • Next, start making the simple syrup.
  • Bring 180ml Kirsch and100g sugar to the boil.
  • Stir continuously until the ingredients have thickened into a syrup.
  • Remove from heat so that the syrup does not continue to thicken.
  • Lastly, whip the cream and powdered sugar together to make the whipped cream that will go between the layers of sponge.
  • Store the whipped cream in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
  • Once the cake is baked, allow it to completely cool before assembling.
  • While the cake is cooling, shave the chocolate bar into shavings with a vegetable grater.
  • Once the cake has cooled, slice each cake in half so that you have four thick slices.
  • Place a slice of sponge on a large plate or cutting board.
  • Lightly brush the sponge with the syrup.
  • Next, add some of the cherry mixture.
  • Top the sponge with a thin layer of cake.
  • Add another sponge to your cake.
  • Repeat the process until you have four layers.
  • Decorate the cake with small blobs of whipped cream.
  • Cover the sides of the cake with the chocolate shavings.
  • Add the fresh cherries on top of the whipped cream blobs.


Keyword baking, cake, dessert, german cuisine, Vegetarian