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Black Forest Cake II

Wonderful chocolate layer cake which is soaked in Kirsch liqueur, with cherry filling.

Black Forest Cake II


  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup shortening 1 1/2 cups white sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups buttermilk   1/2 cup kirschwasser 1/2 cup butter 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar 1 pinch salt 1 teaspoon strong brewed coffee 2 (14 ounce) cans pitted Bing cherries, drained   2 cups heavy whipping cream 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon kirschwasser 1 (1 ounce) square semisweet chocolate


1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line the bottoms of two 8 inch round pans with parchment paper circles. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt. Set aside.

2 Cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk, until combined. Pour into 2 round 8 inch pans.

3 Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool completely. Remove paper from the cakes. Cut each layer in half, horizontally, making 4 layers total. Sprinkle layers with the 1/2 cup kirshwasser.

4 In a medium bowl, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add confectioners sugar, pinch of salt, and coffee; beat until smooth. If the consistency is too thick, add a couple teaspoons of cherry juice or milk. Spread first layer of cake with 1/3 of the filling. Top with 1/3 of the cherries. Repeat with the remaining layers.

5 In a separate bowl, whip the cream to stiff peaks. Beat in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1 tablespoon kirshwasser. Frost top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with chocolate curls made by using a potato peeler on semisweet baking chocolate.

Comments (2)

what is kirschwasser?
I am making a Black Forest Cake for Saturday. Can I make it on Friday night? Will it be OK in the fridge over night? Thanks!
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