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Black Forest Cake In A Jar For Fiesta Friday #24

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

It has been years since I’ve had Black Forest Cake, it’s so wonderful I really don’t know why I haven’t made one in such a long time. Honestly, you don’t hear them mentioned very much anymore. A Black Forest Cake is chocolate cake, cherries and whipped cream, pretty simple really, decorate with chocolate shavings and you have a wonderfully delicious cake. In the US and some other parts of the world the cake does not contain alcohol but in Germany they use Kirschenwasser or Kirsch a fruit (sour cherry) liquor, I happened to have some on hand so I macerated the cherries in some Kirsch and sugar.  I thought it would be fun to make individual cakes in jars for the party, they are portable and neat. The cake is a chocolate sponge cake, the cake will hold up well with the moist cherries and whipped cream. I didn’t have sour cherries but did have some beautiful Rainier cherries so I used those and whipped cream of course. Very simple and very delicious.

Fiesta Friday #24 is hosted by Angie@The Novice Gardener and just a little shout out you have to see what she brought, AMAZING and so creative. This week is pretty special because we have three wonderful co hosts Indu @Indu’s International Kitchen, Selma @Selma’s Table, and HHilda @Along The Grapevine. I really love FF not only is there an amazing array of delicious food but the company is stellar, I don’t know about you but I love getting to know my fellow bloggers and what is happening in their kitchens and lives, its great to see what they are up to and get idea’s for my next meal. A really big thank you to Angie for making all this possible.

Cherries,cake and whipped cream in every bite

Cherries,cake and whipped cream in every bite

Black Forest Cake In A Jar

Makes about a dozen (depending on the size of your jar)

Cherries:

2 cups pitted cherries sliced in half

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup kirsch

Combine the cherries, sugar and kirsch, give them a little bit of a mash to help them along, gently. Refrigerate covered for about 2 hours.

The Cake:

1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 large eggs at room temperature
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Note: I find the amount of batter varies every time I make this, I never like to fill the pan to the rim, it’s better to leave a small space so the cake can rise. If you have leftover batter make a few cupcakes.

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Place milk and butter in glass measuring cup and microwave for 45 seconds or until butter is melted. Using stand mixer with wire whisk or electric mixer whip the eggs and sugar on med/high for approximately 8 minutes or until the mixture is pale yellow, tripled in volume and thick, with the machine running slowly add the heated milk and buter. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Fold into the egg mixture, there should be no lumps. Fold in the vanilla. Grease a 1/2 sheet pan, lay parchment sheet and grease the parchment, and sprinkle with sugar. Pour batter into the pan, spread so that it is evenly distributed and bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes in the pan run a knife around the edges to loosen then invert onto wire rack, remove parchment and let cool completely.

Assembling:

This makes about a dozen small jars, I used a weck small tulip jar you can use whatever you have, mix and match.

Make your whipped cream. You will need approximately 1 pint of very cold heavy cream. Pour into cold bowl and whip with hand held or stand mixer until it thickens, add some sugar (to taste) and instead of vanilla I used some of the syrup from the cherries, about 2 tsp. If you use vanilla add 2 tsp. Whip until thick and billowy.

Break off small pieces of the cake and place in the bottom of each jar, spoon some of the cherries and the juice on the cake, add a dollop of whipped cream and repeat. End with whipped cream on top, add some chocolate shavings. Enjoy!

mmmmm...

mmmmm…

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  1. Suzanne,
    This is such a winner for me. I love Black Forest to the core. It’s my favorite cake. I am so making this. Bookmarking your recipe. And black forest cake in a jar is such an ingenious work. Looking beautiful there!
    Sonal

    July 11, 2014
    • Thank you so much Sonal, it’s funny I hadn’t thought about Black Forest for a long time and it’s always been one of my favorites too! I love the portability of cake in a jar.

      July 11, 2014
  2. Also, may I share it with my audience on my FB page?

    July 11, 2014
  3. This looks delicious and super creative! Black forest gateau is my favourite cake!

    July 11, 2014
    • Thanks Jessica, it’s one of mine too and one I rarely think about, not sure why. It’s so simple but so wonderful.

      July 11, 2014
  4. I grew up with a cake like this, it is my favorite. Love your presentation, very nice!

    July 11, 2014
    • Thanks so much Cheri! I also remember it from years back and it was a favorite of mine.

      July 11, 2014
  5. LOVE desserts in jars and this one looks like a real winner Suzanne! xox

    July 11, 2014
  6. Dang! That looks good. Wish I had some!

    July 11, 2014
  7. Antisocial Patty #

    That looks delicious! What a creative way to present it, too. And now I want cake at 8 am. 🙂

    July 11, 2014
  8. Oh my gosh oh my gosh this looks fabulous! I love that you used chocolate sponge cake and got your cherries drunk first! Oh may I please have one for the party?

    July 11, 2014
  9. I really feel like making black forest cake and strawberries now Suzanne! I love that you used Rainier cherries, my favorite! I’m making this. Love the simplicity.

    July 11, 2014
    • Thank you, so simple and really delicious. Rainier cherries are my favorites!

      July 11, 2014
  10. Sinfully Tempting #

    Suzanne, I love this recipe! It’s been forever since I’ve had black forest cake, and your presentation is just beautiful. I have the perfect little dessert jars to make this in, too! Thanks for sharing, happy Fiesta Friday! 🙂

    July 11, 2014
    • Thank you, it’s wonderful in little jars. Perfect serving size and less messy than cutting cake.

      July 11, 2014
  11. Oh how cute! It’s so homey but still festive. And you can’t miss with Black Forest Cake!

    July 11, 2014
    • Totally agree, black forest is a wonderful cake I had all but forgotten about it for a long time.

      July 11, 2014
  12. Black forest cake is one of my favorite cake.. In jar sounds delicious:)

    July 11, 2014
  13. Oh, I think that you are singlehandedly going to engineer the revival of Black Forest Gateau, which is long overdue! I absolutely adore this cake Suzanne and I love that you have made it up in the individual jars – I so need some of this right now!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us – Happy Fiesta Friday!

    July 11, 2014
    • Thank you so much, I think the black forest cake deserves a revival, it’s wonderful.

      July 11, 2014
  14. I can’t believe I nearly missed this. Your version of black forest gateau reminds me a bit of an English dessert called Eton Mess, which is made with meringue. It looks sooooo delicious! Pinned and maybe some of our Summer guests will get lucky 😉

    July 11, 2014
    • Thank you so much! It’s a great summer dessert and so easy to make.

      July 11, 2014
  15. omg Suzanne! This cake looks so yummy and the individual portion makes it even more yummy!

    July 11, 2014
  16. These are adorable -just like you. I also brought food in a jar to the party. Great minds….

    July 11, 2014
    • Oh how wonderful, I’ve been gone all day and didn’t really check email, must see what you brought, I love food in jars, salads, dessert anything,

      July 11, 2014
  17. Black forest is one of my favourite cakes and your presentation in a jar has taken it to a wow- factor level! Simply delicious Suzanne!

    July 11, 2014
  18. Suzanne, you are killing me with these desserts one-after-another. This one is so cute and so much fun. 🙂

    July 11, 2014
  19. Loving the idea of a cake in a jar! By the time I got to the market today, they were selling off cherries at a bargain price. I couldn’t resist, so now there’s a big bag of them to use up… your recipe looks like a good place to start.

    July 11, 2014
    • Oh love cherries and lots of them. I hope you like this if you make it. I am going to the farmers market tomorrow morning hoping for more cherries.

      July 11, 2014
  20. Black forest is so elegant and the shavings always mesmerize me but this one in jar it sounds different and yum toooo……Happy Fiesta friday…

    July 11, 2014
    • Thank you so much, it’s a great little portion of cake and looks so pretty, I had fun making it,

      July 11, 2014
  21. It’s a long, long time since I’ve had Black Forest gâteau, as it’s called here. And although I’m not keen on booze I do like Kirsch. Well, anything to do with cherries. Which I’m gorging on right now. Mostly in salads, savoury and fruit. They’re delicious, dark cherries from Turkey. Plump and juicy. Odd thing is, I’m so busy stuffing my face with them I haven’t really thought about cooking with them!

    July 11, 2014
    • Yes the cherries macerated in the kirsch is wonderful and on the cake with whipped cream, pretty heavenly. I do love black forest cake/gateau!! Thanks Johnny.

      July 11, 2014
  22. M-R #

    Good GRIEF, woman ! … . …….. … .. . . …….. …
    [words have failed me]
    😀

    July 11, 2014
  23. Liz #

    that is fun! And the cake-in-a-jar thing is hot right now. Forgetting what they’re called, but Fine Cooking did a piece on them. Savory and sweet concoctions layered in jars. Theirs were no prettier than yours 🙂

    July 11, 2014
  24. Suzanne this is gorgeous!! I love the idea of the cake in a jar with the whipped cream and cherries, so pretty and so delicious and convenient. No worrying about cake tipping over on a plate, which happens so often. These are just perfect!!

    July 12, 2014
    • Yes they are perfect for a banquet style party as opposed to a sit down. It’s easy to maneuver and quite delicious Thanks so much Brandi.

      July 12, 2014
  25. What a wonderful dessert Suzanne, it’s look perfect in a Jar!

    July 12, 2014
  26. Cake in a delicious jar? I am SO in love with this 😀
    Beautiful job!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    July 12, 2014
  27. ciao!
    you have made me crave this recipe. just the best in the pots. brilliant. will be making this when i return to my kitchen.
    thebestdressup

    July 12, 2014
    • Thank you so much, I love Black Forest, it’s one of those classics that will always be loved.

      July 12, 2014
  28. Delicious! 🙂

    July 12, 2014
  29. I love black forest cake Suzanne! And such a fun idea to put it in a jar! Love it!

    July 12, 2014
    • Thanks Lori, I’ll take cake any way I can get but have to admit a jar is fun.

      July 12, 2014
  30. Wow, such a fun idea! I love that you put them in jars 🙂 yum!

    July 12, 2014
  31. I luuv desserts in jar or small shot glasses. It looks soo pretty that way. Your look extremely good. And that too you have got black forest cake in it. What a treat!

    July 12, 2014
    • Thank you so much, me too, love desserts done in individual glasses or bowls, they look pretty and it’s such a great way to have portion control.

      July 12, 2014
  32. I have never seen a black forest cake that tempted me as much as this one. I am used to seeing those things in the supermarket, so it is about time I was introduced to the real thing. I must buy some pretty little jars to make it. Thanks for bringing it to Fiesta Friday. We love our desserts here.

    July 12, 2014
    • Thank you so much Hilda, It is the simplest of recipes but it tastes so good, I am so pleased to bring this to FF#24!

      July 12, 2014
  33. Looks delicious Suzanne! My kids will not eat the cherries so I use strawberries when I make this and lots of whip cream!! I noticed you live in Brooklyn NY, when I was a child I lived in Brooklyn. We moved to Florida, then South Carolina where I live now but up until several years go I would return to Brooklyn visit my grandmother. She has since passed but I still have lot of family in Brooklyn, Canarsie, Dix Hills, Manhattan, and Long Island. 🙂

    July 12, 2014
    • Strawberries or even raspberries would be delicious with this. Yes, Brooklyn is the best. Love it here, so you are a Brooklynite, I know Canarsie, I live closer in to Manhattan the Fort Greene area, what they call the historic district. I lived in Florida as a child but have never been to South Carolina. I’ve heard it’s beautiful though. Thanks so much,

      July 12, 2014
  34. Another one of my all-time favourites Suzanne! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Black Forest Cake, but like you, it’s sadly been a while since I last had a slice! I love the way you’ve layered it in jars – nice to get a bit of everything with each mouthful. I’ll bookmark this recipe for when the cherries start reappearing. 🙂

    July 12, 2014
    • Thanks Margot,yes me too, love black forest I feel like I visited an old friend. Thanks again.

      July 13, 2014
  35. Yum! What a special treat!

    July 12, 2014
  36. I love black forest cake and my family as well, thanks for the idea to make in a little jar.

    July 13, 2014
    • Thanks Mochi, it’s so cute in the jar makes for nice presentation and it’s very easy to serve.

      July 13, 2014
  37. Cake in a jar… cool…. Black forest in a jar? even cooler…

    July 13, 2014
  38. Suzanne, ‘Black forest in a jar’ ? wow! simply fabulous! I too like you love black forest cake especially with kirsch in it – I also used to make it quite often before and somehow got relegated to the back nowadays. Your post has re-kindled my desire for it! especially with your presentation! great idea to present it as a mini-trifle. Thanks for bringing this to Fiesta Friday 🙂

    July 13, 2014
    • It’s funny black forest cake is one of those cakes that I had frequently then it totally was obliterated from my mind. I rarely even see it in stores or bakeries. It’s such a wonderful cake I wanted to bring it back. Thanks so much.

      July 13, 2014
  39. skd #

    You are right about the black forest slowly disappearing from bakeries. This one you have made is amazing. Drrrooollll 🙂

    July 13, 2014
    • I wonder why, well I guess things go in cycles and Black Forest is cycled out. Thanks so much!

      July 13, 2014
      • skd #

        Thanks for bringing it back 🙂

        July 13, 2014
  40. I cannot remember the last time I had a slice of Black Forest Gateaux, you are right it is rarely heard of these days. I like the idea of serving individual portions of it in jars – maybe this will start a trend and Black Forest will once again be fashionable.

    July 13, 2014
    • I hope so, it’s a delicious cake and should regain popularity. So easy to make and very festive looking too! Thank you so much.

      July 13, 2014
  41. I love this! I love Black Forest Cake and this version of yours looks & sounds amazing!
    I’m afraid I wouldn’t just eat one… 😀
    Happy Fiesta Friday!

    July 13, 2014
  42. Little jars full of cherry chocolate-ty goodness! I love your idea of making individual servings. Dessert is so much more fun that way! Nice job, Suzanne! And guess what? I asked my boyfriend yesterday and it looks like we’ll be getting into NY the evening of August 8th and will be heading back to DC the next day. Perhaps we can see each other sometime on the 9th if you’re available??

    July 13, 2014
    • Yes would love to. Just let me know what time and we’ll meet and thank you the little cakes are fun!

      July 13, 2014
      • I’ll shoot you an email once our plans are finalized!! I’m so excited! 🙂

        July 13, 2014
      • Excited too!

        July 13, 2014
  43. Black forest cake always reminds me of year 11 German, when we all had to take something suitable for our end of year party (in class).. I made this, but without your convenient serving approach. i wish I’d thought of it at the time.

    July 14, 2014
    • Thank you so much it’s such a great cake and this cake in a jar version is fun and easy.

      July 14, 2014
  44. What a fun way to have your cake and eat it too!

    July 14, 2014
  45. Wow… Suzanne… you always succeed in bringing the most delectable and tempting food to entice us with! You’re right, we never do hear about black forest anymore, and I’m so happy you reminded just how lovely it is. This post is perfect in every way. LOVE. ❤

    July 14, 2014
    • You are so sweet, thank you so much. I feel like I became re acquainted with an old friend. It’s been too long since I’ve had black forest. Thanks so much Prudy!

      July 14, 2014
  46. Love this Suzanne– more friendly in that little jar–than as a big slab of cake on a plate. WE had German friends that came for dinner and I made her a German Chocolate Cake– She said she and NEVER heard of it before! So she made us a beautiful Black forest Cake–said that was really German! great post Suzanne!

    July 14, 2014
    • Thats so funny, it’s good to know that it is an authentic German cake, you just never know look at the German Chocolate Cake. Thank you so much Rhonda.

      July 14, 2014
  47. I need cake everyday (it’s a life rule and goal) so why not in a jar? Super cute and equally as delicious!

    July 14, 2014
    • Yes thank you, cake every day, now thats a good thing. Thanks so much Pamela.

      July 14, 2014
  48. Suzanne these look so tasty, what a great idea 🙂 Happy Fiesta Friday!

    July 14, 2014
  49. I absolutely LOVE black forest cake! Much like you, it’s been years since I’ve had some but I think it’s high time. You’re adorable cake in jars seems like the way to go. My girls will love these!

    July 14, 2014
    • Thank you so much Kate, the kids love cute little desserts like this, big kids too!

      July 14, 2014
  50. Such a smart and innovative way to serve this classic dessert!

    July 15, 2014
  51. Fig & Quince #

    wow, you were not kidding about Angie’s recipe, so so creative and amazing and wow again re your own awesome creation. I’m absolutely enthralled with the dessert and its presentation takes the cake, ha ha, hope you like me earnest pun! 😉

    July 17, 2014
    • Lol, love the pun, thank you. It’s such a simple dessert but really delicious. Thanks Azita.

      July 18, 2014
  52. Ohhhhh man. Yum! I’ve made Black Forest trifle before, sorta like this but in a big bowl, and it’s divine! All the best elements of the torta but so easy to make. I love these individual portions with a good splash of kirsch! Drooling right now. Such a great FF post! Xx

    July 18, 2014
  53. Thanks so much Laura, can’t wait for more from your gorgeous trip to Paris!!

    July 18, 2014
  54. This looks amazing!!!

    July 18, 2014

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