Black Forest Layer Cake

"Cherries, chocolate and lashings of fresh vanilla cream."
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Prep time 20mins
Cook time 40mins
Serves or Makes: 10

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  • 275 gram Caster Sugar
  • 100 gram Unsalted Butter
  • 50 gram Cocoa Powder
  • 100 milliliter Hot Water
  • 3 Eggs
  • 175 gram Self Raising Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder

Chocolate Buttercream


  • 100 gram Milk Chocolate
  • 200 gram Unsalted Butter
  • 400 gram Icing Sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Milk

Whipped Cream


  • 200 milliliter Double Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence



  • 4 tablespoon Cherry Jam
  • Handful Fresh Cherries
  • 1 piece Chocolate


  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 180c.

  • Step 2

    Now, in a bowl cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. You can use a stand mixer or beat with a wooden spoon.

  • Step 3

    Once combined, add the water to the cocoa powder and mix. Then pour into the butter mixture.

  • Step 4

    Slowly mix in the three, eggs one at a time.

  • Step 5

    Then a tablespoon at a time add the baking powder and flour and mix to combine.

  • Step 6

    Using a little butter, grease the cake tin. I use two small 15cm cake tins which means the cake is taller, but you can use a wider cake tin.

  • Step 7

    Split the mixture in half and bake in the two tins. I bake for 35 minutes but if you use a larger cake tin it may take slightly less time. Check the cake after 25 minutes by using a skewer to check if the centre is cooked.

  • Step 8

    Once baked, remove and allow to cool completely. Once cooled, slice the cakes in half. Leaving you with four cake slices.

  • Step 9

    Now, make the chocolate buttercream, Firstly you want to melt the chocolate using a microwave or bain marie method (see tip). Once melted, add to a bowl with the butter and icing sugar and cream together. You can add the milk if the buttercream is too thick.

  • Step 10

    Lastly, whisk the double cream and vanilla until it forms lovely peaks.

  • Step 11

    Now, the fun of assembling the cake. In the same cake tin that you cooked the cake, add a layer of cling film. It should come up the sides of the cake tin.

  • Step 12

    Add the bottom layer of the cake into the tin, followed by half of the chocolate buttercream. Then add a second layer of cake. Now add two tablespoons of the cherry jam and spread across the cake. Followed by a layer of the whipped cream. Then repeat this again with the next two layers.

  • Step 13

    Top with fresh cherries and a grating of chocolate.

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