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Homemade Black Forest Cake Recipe

Homemade Black Forest Cake

  • Author: Rose
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes


This homemade black forest cake recipe is so moist and delicious you won’t be able to put the fork down! I pair my amazing chocolate cake with delicious cherries, and a little kick to make the perfect black forest cake that will impress at your next event!




  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar


  • roughly 20 cherries (pitted)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cherry vodka or similar liquor.

Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare the cherries by combining the liquor, sugar, and cherries into a small sauce pan and heat until boiling. Let simmer for about 10 minutes and then remove from heat. Let the cherries cool before adding to the cake.


  1. Combine all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix with a whisk to break up any lumps.
  2. Add in all wet ingredients except the hot water and mix well until combined.
  3. Add in the hot water slowly and mix in. The batter will look a little runny.
  4. Prepare 2 8” cake pans with *cake goop or nonstick spray and distribute the batter evenly.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Let cool for about 10-15 minutes in the pan and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Cream together the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix for about 5 minutes to make sure there are no lumps remaining. Add in vanilla.
  2. Mix in the powdered sugar one cup at a time and combine after each addition.
  3. After all ingredients are incorporated, mix for another 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.

Assemble the Cake:

  1. Place one layer of cake on a cake board or plate. Place 1-2 tbsp of syrup on the cake and use a brush to distribute.
  2. Add about 1/3 of the cream cheese frosting and place the sliced cherries on top and push into the frosting. Add another layer of cake and continue.
  3. After you add the remaining frosting to the top, melt the chocolate and cream together in a microwave safe bowl for 30 second increments until melted. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes, then add on top of the cake and allow to drip on the sides.
  4. Add fresh cherries to the top and enjoy!


*Cake Goop is 1 cup of flour, vegetable oil, and vegetable shortening. Combine all the ingredients together in a mixer until smooth. Place about a quarter size amount in the cake pans and brush in with a pastry brush or a paper towel. Keep the remaining in an airtight container and keep it handy for the next time you make a cake!

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