Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cherry Cake)

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6large eggsVideo
1cup sugarVideo
1teaspoon vanilla extractVideo
4ounces chocolate unsweetened unsweetened, melted
1cup flour, all-purpose sifted
¼cup sugarVideo
cup water
2tablespoons kirsch (cherry brandy) *
cups powdered sugarVideo
cup butter, unsaltedVideo
1large egg yolk
2tablespoons liqueur kirsch or cherry brandy
2cups sour cherries canned, drained*
2tablespoons powdered sugarVideo
1cup heavy whipping cream whipped
8ounces chocolate (semi-sweet) bar
* not incl. in nutrient facts


CAKE: Beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla together until thick and fluffy, about 10 minutes.

Alternately fold chocolate and flour into the egg mixture, ending with flour.

Pour the batter into 3 8-inch cake pans that have been well greased and floured.

Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool cakes in pans for 5 minutes; turn out on racks to cool completely.

SYRUP: Make syrup by mixing together sugar and water and boiling for 5 minutes.

When syrup has cooled, stir in kirsch.

Prick the cake layers and pour syrup over all 3 layers.

FILLING: To make the butter-cream filling, beat together sugar and butter until well blended.

Add egg yolk; beat until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Fold in Kirsch.

CAKE ASSEMBLY: To assemble cake, place 1 layer on a cake plate.

Spread with butter cream filling.

Using 3/4 cup of the cherries, which have been patted dry, drop cherries evenly over cream.

Place second layer on cake.


Place third layer on top.

Fold 2 T confectioners' sugar into the whipped cream.

Cover the sides and top of the cake with whipped cream.

Decorate top of cake with remaining 1/2 cup cherries.

To make chocolate curls from chocolate bar, shave (at room temperature) with a vegetable peeler.

Refrigerate curls until ready to use.

Press chocolate curls on sides of cake and sprinkle a few on the top.

Chill until serving time.

First published: last updated: 2014-12-16


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 120g (4.2 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 40943% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 30%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 153mg 51%
Sodium 47mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A 9% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 4% Iron 13%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?
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