Blackforest Cake

Last week, my sisters and I were discussing how we were going to celebrate Father's Day. A usual dinner at home, followed by a cake. They were very kind to ask if I wanted to bake a cake or if we should buy it from the stores. As usual, if it's within my means, I will definitely prefer to bake it myself. Initially, I thought of baking a chocolate fudge cake.

However, since my one of my baking friend had just shared with me about the chocolate chiffon cake from "Delicious Cakes", I decided to make the most classic decorated cake - Blackforest Cake. As expected, the cake turned out to be really good. My dad loved it! He actually commented that this is the best cake I had produced! Was I supposed to be happy or disappointed? Happy that he liked my cake. Disappointed that after baking for so long, this is the only cake that met his expectation?? LOL. Whatever it is, I was just glad that he liked it!

Recipe for Blackforest Cake, modified from "Delicious Cakes" by Amy Heng.

Chocolate Chiffon Cake
Makes a 9" round cake

30g Cocoa powder (mixed with 120g hot water, and leave it to cool)
4 Egg yolks
80g Caster sugar
130g Self-raising flour
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Baking soda
60g Corn oil
1 tsp Vanilla extract

4 Egg whites
60g Caster sugar
1/2 tsp Cream of tartar


  1. In a bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar together till light and fluffy.
  2. Then add in the rest of wet ingredients (A) and mix well.
  3. Add in the remaining dry ingredients (A) and mix until smooth.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy.
  5. Add in sugar gradually and continue whisking until glossy and soft peak.
  6. Take one third of egg whites and fold gently into step (3).
  7. Then pour the above mixture into egg white and fold to incorporate.
  8. Pour the mixture into a prepared lined 9" cake pan and baked in a pre-heated oven of 180C for 40mins.
  9. Invert cake and leave until completely cool before cutting into 3 layers horizontally.
Blackforest Fillings

250g Grottines (liquer cherries) (can replace this with 1 can of pitted cherries)
500g Whipping cream
50g Caster sugar
1 tbsp Corn flour

Dark chocolate rasps
Chocolate pearl (optional)
Berries (optional)
Cherries (optional)

  1. Drain out the juice from the cherries and leave aside.
  2. Put juice in a pot and add corn flour. Stir until combined and cook over low heat until boiled and thickened. Stir constantly while cooking. Leave it to cool.
  3. Whip the cream with sugar until stiff.
To assemble:
  1. Place a slice of cake onto a cake board.
  2. Spread a layer of whipped cream and cherry syrup then decorate with cherries.
  3. Repeat with 2nd layer of cake, cream, syrup and cherries. End with the last layer of cake.
  4. Spread the whole cake with cream.
  5. Decorate the sides with chocolate rasps.
  6. Decorate with chocolate pearls, berries or cherries to your preference.
  7. Serve chill.


Reesethon said...
June 26, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Very nice black forest cake..:) The chocolate sponge looks soft and tempting!

passionbaker said...
June 26, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Thanks Reese! The chocolate sponge is really good! It's like the cake from Secret Recipe. :p

NEL said...
June 26, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Your cake looks awesome! Don't think too much into your dad's comments. It's just his way of expressing his gratitude and compliments about your delicious cake, especially since it's made with love :)

Precious Moments said...
June 26, 2011 at 5:51 PM

I am definitely going to KIV this one. Thanks for sharing.

DG said...
June 26, 2011 at 11:41 PM

I've got this book too! Your cake simply gorgeous and made me drooling over it :)

passionbaker said...
June 27, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Thanks NEL! No worries, it's always good to get sincere feedback from family and friends, isn't it?

passionbaker said...
June 27, 2011 at 8:25 AM

I'm sure you'll like this too!

passionbaker said...
June 27, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Don't you just love this book, DG! You can make it too!

Kokken69 said...
June 27, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Aiyah, why would you all even wonder whether to buy a cake or not?? Isn't it obvious that you are the designated family baker? :D

bakertan said...
June 27, 2011 at 9:49 PM


The cake looks yummilicious. Did you make your own grottines?

I've tried the same recipe from the book too, also using a chocolate chiffon sponge. It's a really good recipe for black forest cake.

Avo Cado said...
March 19, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Your article is very good, congratulations!!!

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