Black Forest Cake Recipe | PBS Food


Yield: 1 cake

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  • 3 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup mashed potatoes
  • 2 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup boiling clear potato water
  • 25 ouncecan cherry pie filling
  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour two 9” cake pans.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together chocolate, butter, potatoes, and brown sugar.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add chocolate mixture, alternating with buttermilk. Mix in potato water, only until it makes a batter. Pour into cake pans. Bake 25-30 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, cool 10 minutes in pan then completely cool on wire racks.
  7. Slice each layer into two even layers. Take one layer and crumble and set aside. Place one layer on serving dish.
  8. Prepare whipping cream by beating the cream until soft peaks form, slowly add powdered sugar.
  9. Top layer on serving dish with 1 cup whipping cream, 3/4 cup of cherry filling and add another layer.
  10. Repeat next layer ending with the cake layer.
  11. Frost cake with remaining whipped cream.
  12. Top cake with remaining cherries.
  13. Carefully pat the cake crumbs around the outside of the cake.
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