Growing Chefs! Ontario Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

One of the most popular cakes in the world, and with good reason! Amazing cherries come together with chocolate cake in a beautiful, decadent dessert.
Makes 1 cake


1 3/4 cups all purpose flour2 cups sugar3/4 cup cocoa powder2 teaspoons baking soda1 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon salt1 cup buttermilk1/2 cup canola oil2 eggs1 teaspoon vanilla extract1/2 cup coffee, decaf1/2 cup cherry juice

Whipped Cream

2 cups 35% cream1/4 cup icing sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract


2 cups cherries, pitted Whipped Cream1 cup chocolate chips, chopped
Cutting boardPairing knifeMeasuring cupsMeasuring spoonsSpatulaPiping bagParchment lined 20" x 12" panWhiskMixing bowls of various sizesBaking sheet with parchmentWire cooling rackTasting spoonsDish towel

Get Organized!

Gather your mise en place; get together all of the equipment needed for the recipe and gather your ingredients.

Get Prepped!

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Measure all dry ingredients for the cake into a medium mixing bowl and whisk until well combined.

Measure all remaining wet ingredients into a separate medium mixing bowl and whisk until well combined.

Combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well with a spatula.

For the whipped cream, combine 35% cream, icing sugar and vanilla into a medium bowl and whisk 4 – 5 minutes until the cream has thickened to desired consistency.

Using a rasp or a chef’s knife, grate or chop the chocolate chips and set aside.

To pit the cherries, use a paring knife to cut around the pit of the cherry. Twist the flesh on both sides to release from the pit.

Get Cooking!

Pour the cake batter into a parchment lined 20” x 12” pan. Bake at 350°F for 15 – 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Remove the cake from the pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Cut the cake into 12 even sized square pieces.

Pipe the whipped cream on top of the cake, then top with fresh cherry and chopped chocolate.