La Forêt Noire – Black Forest Cake

This particular recipe of Foret Noire Cake is very close to the Schwarzwäld cake and as I heard, is very popular among French and Germans. There are different methods used in making the Black Forest Cake, as it seems that the original version has been changed many times. I chose this particular one since I came to love it very much.
Foret Noire

My husband, on the other hand, really enjoys another recipe – Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte with its less chocolaty taste and rich cherry filling on the bottom layer. Cherries and Kirschwasser (a dry colorless brandy distilled from the fermented juice of the black morello cherry) are the main ingredients for the Schwarzwäld cake. However, we eliminated the use of alcohol and replaced it with syrup under canned sour cherries. Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte takes a little longer to make compared to the Foret Noire. So, I decided to share easier recipe first.

Ingredients for the batter:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1,5 cups of sugar
  • 200gr (9 oz) of margarine
  • 2,5 cups of flour or until dough is incorporated to a shape of table cream (Russian smetana)
  • 5 teasp of cocoa powder
  • 2 teasp of baking soda

Ingredients for the frosting and chocolate icing:

  • 2,5 cups of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup of sugar (200 gr.)
  • 100 gr (3 oz) of semi sweet chocolate
  • 3 tbsp of milk
  • 1 glass of light syrup of sour cherries+ 1 cup of sour cherries


Preheat oven 360F, butter and flour two 9 inch, round cake pans. Cover the bottom of the pans with waxed papers. I use bottomless cake pans (the surface of the oven trays must be very even, otherwise your batter will run out of the pans). If you decide to use the bottomless cake pans, butter the sides of the pan. Put the waxed paper on baking tray and place the pan on the tray.

Melt the margarine and let it cool. In a medium bowl combine baking soda, cocoa powder and flour. In another large bowl beat the eggs and sugar. Add combined dry ingredients to the egg mixture, add margarine. Beat well until ingredients blend well. Pour the batter into the previously prepared baking pans. Bake for 40 minutes or until fork or a wooden toothpick comes out clean when inserted to check for readiness. My advice to you is, when you put the batter to bake, do not open the door of the oven for the first 20 minutes. This will help for the batter to rise well. For this cake, the batter will not rise very high and it is normal. But we still need some volume. So, the first 20 minutes are very important.

Beat whipping cream and sugar with an electric mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Put the frosting into the refrigerator.

Using a small pan melt chocolate with milk on the stovetop. Once milk is blended with melted chocolate, take the pan down and let it cool a little. With a long serrated knife, split each cake layer horizontally in half. You can cut the dry sides evenly, crumb and keep them for the decoration of the cake. Divide frosting into two small and one bigger portions.


Wet each cake layer with cherry syrup and place the first layer on the cake plate. Randomly place canned, pitted cherries on the cake layer and spread with smaller portion of the frosting. Put another layer on top and spread the chocolate mixture. Put the third layer on top of the chocolate. Place the rest of the cherries and spread the smaller portion of the frosting. Top with the fourth cake layer and frost the sides of the cake. Pat the reserved crumbs onto frosting on the sides. Spoon the reserved frosting into pastry bag and using a star decorator tip, decorate the cake. Use your imagination and decorate according to your own taste.

Foret Noire Slice


The author of the original recipe is Dilshoda from


  1. sumaita raidah ahmed says

    it looooookksssssssss soooooooooooooooooooooo good!!! omg!!! it looks delicious………ummm i did not quite get the amount of sugar and flour….and if i make the frosting in a butter cream style what do u think how will it taste?? i am reallllllllllly looking forward to make this cake and your lovely tiramisu….hey can u kindly add some chocolate cake recipes…i would be verry happy :)

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