Black Forest Cake
90 mins (prep 60, cooking 30)
19 ingredients
12 servings
A German cherry cake based on a recipe from McCall’s Cooking School, page #41 under Cakes, Cookies. The intro says, “One taste of this fabulous dessert and you’ll understand why it is the most famous dessert of the Black Forest region of Germany. Three layers of cake are drizzled with a cherry-brandy syrup and then filled with brandied cherries and whipped cream. The cake is frosted with more whipped cream and garnished with shaved chocolate and chocolate curls. It is so spectacular that you should skip dinner and just invite guests over for coffee and dessert!” I couldn’t agree more. I first made this for my step-son’s high school German class’ Oktoberfest potluck. He recently flew back into town for the weekend and I made it for his birthday. It is a bit of work but so fun to put together and so delicious. It is a light and airy sponge cake with just a hint of cherry brandy (kirsch). My step-son thinks this would be great with the glazed cherries doubled and placed on top of both of the bottom two layers instead of just the one. Cook time doesn’t include standing time for the glazed cherries.

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Serving Size (148.25 g)
Servings 12
Amount per Serving
Calories 502.63 Calories from Fat 292.86
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32.54g 600.76%
Saturated Fat 15.83g 950.06%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 81.04mg 324.14%
Sodium 154.05mg 77.02%
Total Carbohydrate 50.04g 200.16%
Dietary Fiber 0.35 g 16.75%
Sugars 40.95 g %
Protein 1.91g 45.9%
Vitamin A 1340.77IU% Vitamin C 0.56mg%
Calcium 45.73mg% Iron 0.34mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
milk chocolate candy bars, canned, pitted cherries, cherry juice, unsweetened cocoa, confectioners' sugar