Baking| Black Forest Cake … you must have a BFC in your repertoire

“One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Black Forest CakeIt’s been ages since I made a Black Forest Cake. Cherries have flooded the market of late and this quintessential cherry dessert cake called my name! I made this before flying down to Goa. Typically, the day I decided to bake the cake everything had to go wrong, leaving me in a race against time, and I had to turn to my jar of canned cherries! The Black Forest Cake is a cake lovers delight, one that I shall hopefully make again this summer with balsamic cherries!Black Forest Cake The ‘not quite so terrible anymore‘ teen did well in her exams and is on a chocolate high. She wants chocolate ALL THE TIME. The BFC seemed a good choice. It reminds me of the LBD, a wardrobe essential one that one must have. The BFC is somewhat similar in culinary context. IMHO, A BFC recipe is one every baker worth their crumb must be able to turn out fuss free! Black Forest Cake Black Forest Cake Harini aka The Sunshine Mom was here a while ago. I dashed into town to meet her on her way back from a trek in the Himalayas, and  took her a box of cherries. She got back the next day and made a Gluten free BFC! It was soon my turn to have a go too! Black Forest Cake I’ve been through a few BFCs in my baking life. Even before it came to blogging, I used to happily whip out Black Forest Cakes, a cake popular in India in many local avatars, often far away from the German version. It’s still one of the most popular birthday cakes here, and one of the most searched things on PAB!Black Forest CakeMy last one was a BFC from The Cake Bible that I posted here. It used far more chocolate than I could afford at the time. This version is simpler, much simpler and gets made faster. To get a nice mature flavour, it’s worth making this a day in advance. I used a cocoa version on my to-go-sponge recipe for the base. ’twas a cake in a hurry!!chiliesIt’s the peak of summer here 45C, HOT enough to fry eggs on the sidewalk, hot enough to lend colours to chilies. The Indian summer is sizzling at it’s bbq best so I was worried about the cream not whipping up. Something strange happened! My 18% fat cream began whipping up to hold medium soft peaks as you can see! It’s the second time this happened.Quark Cheesecake Cherry PieIt worked the first time on this experimental Quark Cherry Cheesecake Pie. I intended to retry the recipe but the terrible teen pleaded chocolate. I chilled the low fat cream overnight and whipped it non stop at high speed, and whipped it some more, and some more. Soon, strangely enough it began to thicken … Yippee! For all you fellow bakers in India, do let me know if this works for you too?Black Forest Cake

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  1. Gorgeous! A wonderfully seasonal cake. So fresh and luscious.



  2. Love love BFC and yours look super yumm. It is ages ago i made one, you are making me drool.
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  3. LBD? Em… Little Black Dress?

    There’s something really special about this cake I don’t know why. Whether for birthdays, anniversaries or anything – the first choice we and everyone else I knew always had was Black Forest Cake. It’s like, it represents a celebration!
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  4. beautiful dear!! Black forest cake is my favorite birthday cake!!
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  5. This has always been my fav fav fav cake but never had the courage to bake it at home. You are totally tempting me to give a try :)
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  6. Errrr….you’re showing me this irresistible treat such early in the morning. How can I survive till the end of the day without having a slice of it. haha…… Hope you’re enjoying your weekend, deaer.
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  7. Both the cake and the cheesecake look amazing! Now I’m craving cherries.
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  8. I just feeling like reaching out and eating a piece of this cake! just perfectly yummm and yes its a must in any bakers repertoire.
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  9. Gorgeous! It looks absolutely perfect!
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  10. This season’s cherries from Lebanon have just started to be sold in the market here – they are sweet with a slightly bitter note too. I can’t stop eating them. Sounds like the perfect alternative use (as opposed to eating them by the handful). Glorious baking as always.
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  11. This CAKE! I am goning to bake this today. have to run to get supplies;)
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  12. what a beautiful, luscious cake!
    This happened to me several times, it’s important to have it really really chilled. But there were 2 times when I just couldn’t whip it at all, it was almost entirely liquid, so I had to discard it.
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  13. Loved the photographs. You’ve now made me hungry.
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  14. This cake looks amazing. I can’t wait to try the recipe.
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  15. BFC has a special corner in my heart – SLURP; ,looks amazing
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  16. I’m definitely gonna try it once I get my hands on some good quality cherries. Canned cherries taste like calpol (it’s a medicine) hehe

    Btw deeba why isn’t your “follow me on pinterest” button in the sidebar working. Tried to follow you there through it but nothing showed up, please look into it.

    As always, loving your blog 😀
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  17. ooooh, delicious! Definately a party cake! I have a BFC in my repertoire but it is not half as good as yours – mine is very 70’s! I love this and the fact that you say it relatively quick. Imagine bringing this to a party!

  18. Beautiful photos! I love all of them. We’re in “fry an egg on the sidewalk” kind of weather down here too. But what tickles me is that in India, this Black Forest Cake would be popular there too. It is a quintessential favorite down here in the south. Stay cool! I’m trying…can’t wait for fall already!

  19. Visiting your site after quite some days. Great Photographs Deeba. You always make the food look so beautiful….makes me crave for some:)
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  20. Your cakes are always gorgeous and I never feel like I could do anything half as beautiful but this time I plan on trying! A cake exactly like this has been on my list for this week’s baking so I will be channeling your talent and creativity! Fabulous! And so happy to hear that the teen is just a little less teen these days. Miss you, girlfriend! xoxo
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  21. zuausha says:

    Dear deeba!

    awsome photos:) i tried many your cakes.Hit in my family & you!!!

  22. Not a big fan of cherries but I can gobble down pieces after pieces of BFC and still not get enough of it!!Love the pics and the rustic look adds to the charm!These days,I whip the cream in my food processor for piping,it holds up soft peaks but doesn’t increase in volume.Got to try your recipe!

  23. Beautiful cake!

  24. FreshMom says:

    That’s one piece of beauty! I think that I also might use raspberries or apricots :) Definitely going to make it this weekend for my family ! :)

  25. manjeet says:

    Hey Deeba,
    My Whipped cream DOES NOT bow down before me and concede….:(
    I have tried the chill Amul cream at night , strain out liquid and whip method . But curse Mumbai’s just won’t thicken..forget about soft peaks…:(

  26. Que delicia, estaba buscando una receta con cerezas y creo que la encontre. Unas fotos maravillosas. Un saludo
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  27. Que delicia de tarta, estaba buscando una receta con cerezas y creo que la encontre aqui. Unas fotos maravillosas. Un saludo

  28. Beautiful photos and beautiful cake!
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  29. This is my mom favorite dessert. You did an amazing job.
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  30. Haha! I understand her, I want chocolate all the time too. :-)
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  31. Brielle @lingeralittlelonger says:

    This is the most mouth-watering cake ever! I will never imagine myself not eating black forest cake in my entire life.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  32. Personally not fond of BFC but this is surely enticing!Will give it a try!!
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  33. Born27 says:

    This is one of my favorite cake ! makes me want to dive in for a bite. I will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Love it!

  34. Yeah your step by step process with the image made me more vividly and in a conveyable manner.Keep it up.Do share more


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