Thursday, February 10, 2011

Black Forest Cake ... is it really...? The one we make at home..

Usually Black Forest comes with several layers, with whipped cream, cherries and cherry sauce sandwiched in between each layer. But as you can see in the pictures I did not do any of that... just because I enjoy the cake much more than the all the cherry toppings and the cream layer. Even at home my mother makes it this way, just the way I like it. 

So why I still call it a Black Forest Cake and not anything else..., for me this cake represents Black Forest Cake. The one my mother makes. The one I used to enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The one that reminds me of christmas and home ...

This was one of the things I made this christmas. After that successful attempt I made this again few days back.
This is a very light and soft cake. With the help of an electric beater this can be prepared really fast. 

(Sift all the dry ingredients together)

Recipe Source : My Mother

All ingredients must be at room temperature.
  1. Butter                  -  100gm/ 1 stick (cut into small squares)
  2. Sugar                  -  2 cups (powdered)
  3. Eggs                    -  2 large 
  4. All purpose Flour   -  2 cups
  5. Cocoa powder      -  1/2 cup  (Unsweetened)
  6. Baking Soda         -  1 1/2 tsp
  7. Yoghurt               -  1/2 cup (or curd that is not sour )
  8. Milk                     -  1/2 cup
  9. Vanilla Extract       -  2 tsp

Preheat the oven to 400 F.
Line a baking dish with  parchment paper and set aside. 

Sift  All purpose flour, Cocoa powder & Baking powder for 3- 4 times. This will mix all the dry ingredients together and leave it aerated and without lumps.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter to a soft and creamy consistency.
Add powdered sugar and beat again, until butter and sugar is mixed well. Scrape down the sides using spatula and mix well.

Add the eggs one at a time. Beating for about 1 min for each egg at med-high speed. Scrape down the sides using spatula in between.

Add yoghurt and milk and beat for a minute or two.

Now using a  silicon/ wooden spatula or a beater at its lowest speed, add the dry ingredients little by little and mix. Do not over beat it, but make sure dry ingredients are wet and incorporated well.

Pour this into the prepared dish. 
Bake at 400F for 5min in the middle rack. Then bring down the temperature to 350 F and bake for 45 - 55min till a skewer put in comes out clean.

* Do not open the oven door during first half hour, this could fluctuate the temperature inside and may not make the cake rise.

* If the batter is poured into a more wider baking pan, or more than one, the baking time will be lesser, like  about 30-40min.

For those who likes the cake to be little bitter sweet, reduce the sugar to about 1 1/2 cups.


  1. Wow.. thats so pretty :) beautiful and simple blackforest cake :)

  2. What a lovely dark chocolaty color! The cake looks gorgeous.

  3. Thats a great looking super prefect dark and dense chocolate cake.

  4. wow!!perfect cake....immm mouthwatering ann!one piece please...

  5. Wow superb...oru parcel order cheyatte?

  6. Wow that looks so perfect and mouthwatering cake.

  7. Ann..this is an exact similar recipe for the cake i make too. Are you from Alapuzha by any chance?? It reminded me too about xmas times back home...My neighbour Rani aunty is an excellent cook and she does a lot of catering and all, it was her recipe that i was talking about...

    Awesome pictures and a perfect looking cake...

  8. I like this cake, as it has no add-ons simple and delicious recipe.

  9. Black Forest is my favorite Chocolate cake... I have it every time I go to German food festivals... Fantastic pics of the cake!!!!

  10. I am so with you when you say you enjoy it just the way your mother prepared it for you with just a scoop of icecream. This cake looks simply irresistible and I love the dark rich color and guess what I am having my evening cuppa tea now-it would be so wonderful if this piece somehow magically found its way to my mouth.;0

  11. Hi Ann, greetings from Malaysia ;)

    What a yummy blog you have here! Droolworthy dishes, excellent captures! WOW!!! Am learning lots in photography too, but sometimes I do not take good photos as I'm rushing. There is no natural sunlight at my kitchen area, that's a minus point. But then, I too love my Canon! (My Hubby's actually, became my property more).

    Anyways, am really happy to have landed in your blog. And that cake is lovely!

    Take care and keep shooting! :)

  12. cake looks fabulous and u r clicks too.


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