This post may contain affiliate links.For more information, please see our affiliate policy.The best Black Forest Cake doesn’t come from a box or a bakery; it comes from your kitchen once you have this chocolate cake recipe in your arsenal.

I’ll walk you through how to make layer cake that will have everyone swooning over the rich chocolate, cherry, and cream flavors.Little feels more decadent to me than a thick slab of Black Forest Cake.Luscious chocolate sponge cake layers brushed with cherry liqueur, filled with cherries, then covered in sweetened whipped cream and chocolate shavings…pinch me, because I might still be dreaming.

Most people just buy Black Forest Cake from a supermarket or bakery, but when you whip up a homemade cake recipe, you can give it a grown-up upgrade, as I do here.Instead of the candy-sweet maraschino cherries, try sweet tart bings.Alongside plenty of rich cocoa and real whipped cream, this layer cake recipe stuns every time I serve it.

Before we dive into how to make the best Black Forest Cake, we can’t glaze over one very important question: “what is Black Forest Cake, exactly?” In German, this rich chocolate cake is called Schwarzwderkirschtorte, which means “Black Forest Cherry Torte.” Some historians posit that the cake got its name from the traditional costume worn by women in this Black Forest region. The dress was black (like the chocolate), the blouse was white (like the cream), and the hat was adorned wi

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