How to Make An Eggless Black Forest Cake

Eggless Black Forest Cake or Black Forest Gâteau combines layers of chocolate sponge cake soaked in cherry syrup. It is covered with whipped cream and maraschino cherries on top. Chocolate shavings are added on the sides of the cake. This decadent cake is perfect for any special occasion especially birthday celebrations! This beginner friendly easy eggless black forest cake recipe and it is fairly easy to make!

Also check out my other eggless cakes :

Oreo Cake (Halloween Special)

Rainbow Cheesecake

Swiss Roll Cake

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It is a popular cake from Germany and is similar to another German Dessert, Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, which translates to Black Forest Cherry-torte. In some traditional recipes, sour cherries dipped in a clear spitit called kirschwasser is used to make this recipe. This eggless version however doesn’t contain alcohol!

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Ingredients used and alternatives

All purpose flour: Make sure you sift the flour before using. Last thing you need is lumps in your pasta dough.

Unsweetened coca powder: For best results use good quality cocoa powder. I have always had good results with using unsweetened cocoa powder instead of sweetened one

Olive oil: I usually use olive oil for all baking. You can use any other oil that does not have a strong flavor or smell

Vanilla Extract / Vanilla Essence: Always use natural extract or better yet, if you can get actual vanilla beans and make the extract, then all the more better. Vanilla beans however can be quite expensive so maybe this is not a viable option always. Artificial extracts always have a discernable taste and I am not a big fan of it.

Milk: We used regular milk. You can obviously use any alternatives as well, like almond milk.

Cherry: Maraschino cherries were used for decoration on top and sliced one for adding in between the cake layers. Maraschino cherries are preserved sweetened cherries that usually in a jar.

We used frozen cherries for making the cherry syrup. You can use fresh cherries as well. Try not using maraschino cherries for making the syrup since this comes very sweet already.

To make this cake alcoholic, use cherry liqueur instead of cherry syrup.

Chocolate: For shavings, you can use milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate. These are supposed to be the two best options for making shavings.

Other ingredients: Granulated white sugar, baking soda, salt, white vinegar, heavy cream, olive oil, water. powdered sugar.

How to make the perfect eggless black forest cake

The instructions below show the detailed steps involved in making the eggless black forest cake. I would highly suggest going through the detailed steps and video recipe first and then move to the quick recipe which comes later.

The quick recipe is just for the purpose of going through as you are baking, for quick reference. All minute details, tips and tricks, come in the step by step instructions given below.

Chocolate Cake

  • Sift the flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl
  • Add the baking soda and salt. Mix everything well.
dry ingredients added to a bowl
  • In a medium bowl, take the milk and add in the vinegar. Mix and let it stand for 1 minute.
  • Add in the sugar to the milk + vinegar mixture and mix till the sugar is dissolved. Add in the oil.
adding oil to milk + vinegar mixture
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix till everything is very well mixed.
  • Add in the vanilla and mix.
  • In a 6 inch cake pan, line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease the bottom and side with butter
  • Pour the batter to it pan.
  • Bake at 350 F for 30 to 40 minutes in a preheated oven. Bake until a tooth pick comes out clean when put in the middle of the cake. NOTE: Depending on your oven and how efficient it is in distributing the heat, this baking time might vary so best way to check when the cake it done is the toothpick method.
  • Remove the cake from the pan and let it cool off on a wire rack
  • Repeat all the steps above 2 more times for 2 more cakes. You can make the three layers at once if you have multiple cake tins.
3 cakes cooled on wire rack

Cherry Syrup

  • In a deep pan, add water, sugar and the frozen cherries.
  • Bring it to a simmer and keep it going for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Strain out the syrup.
Using a strainer, drain out the syrup

Whipped Cream Frosting

  • In a medium bowl, take heavy cream or whipping cream and add in the sugar.
  • Using an electric beater, beat till firm peaks are formed.

Chocolate Shavings

  • For chocolate shavings, the ideal chocolate to use would be milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate bar
  • The temperature of the chocolate should not be raised since it might melt fast while you make the shavings.
  • So keep the chocolate chilled in the refrigerator before use.
  • Hold it with a cling wrap or some plastic surface and grate it using a coarse blade grater or whichever grade grater you have. The idea is to get smaller shavings so use a suitable grater
  • It is added on the outer whipped cream frosting, around the bottom edges of the cake.

Assembly

  • Using a cake slicer*, cut the top dome part of each cake to get a flat top
  • Now, our Eggless Black Forest Cake is a 3 tier cake. Lets start with the bottom layer. For easiest assembly use some form of a turning/spinning dish like a lazy susan or cake turntable*
  • Brush cherry syrup on top.
cherry syrup to be rubbed on the cake
  • Spread a thin layer of the whipped cream on the first layer.
  • Spread some sliced cherries on the whipped cream spread
  • Add the next cake layer on top. Spread the whipped cream and cherries as you did for the bottom layer.
  • For the top layer, brush the cherry syrup and spread the whipped cream but don’t add sliced cherries
  • Using an icing spatula, spread an even layer of the whipped cream around the sides. Here is where using a lazy susan or cake turntable really comes into use and makes it easy.
  • Stick the chocolate shavings to halfway height of the cake.
adding chocolate shavings halfway up the cake and on top
  • You can take the shavings in the palm of your hand and stick it around the cake but keep in mind you might end up melting it so be quick.
  • Top of the cake by adding maraschino cherries.
decorate the cake with cherries and chocolate shavings

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Eggless Black Forest Cake

Easy eggless black forest cake decorated with cherries and chocolate shavings. Lets make your next birthday awesome with this deliciousness!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine German
Servings 8 slices

Ingredients
  

Chocolate Cake (for 1 layer of cake)

  • 1 ½ cup All purpose flour
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp Vinegar

Cherry Syrup

  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 tbsp Granulated sugar
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries Keep extra cherries sliced up for adding in between each cake layer

Whipped Cream Frosting

  • 2 cup Heavy cream
  • 2 to 3 tbsp Powdered sugar

Chocolate Shavings

  • 300 to 400 g Milk Chocolate, keep it chilled More if you need thicker shavings.

Instructions
 

Chocolate Cake

  • Sift the flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl
  • Add the baking soda and salt. Mix everything well.
  • In a medium bowl, take the milk and add in the vinegar. Mix and let it stand for 1 minute.
  • Add in the sugar to the milk + vinegar mixture and mix till the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add in the oil.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix till everything is very well mixed.
  • Add in the vanilla and mix. In a 6 inch cake pan, line the bottom with parchment paper.
  • Grease the bottom and side with butter and pour the batter into it
  • Bake at 350 F for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when put in the middle of the cake.
  • Remove the cake from the pan and let it cook on a wire rack
  • Repeat all above steps

Cherry Syrup

  • In a deep pan, add water, sugar and the cherries.
  • Bring to a simmer for 2 to 3 minutes
  • Strain the syrup

Whipped Cream Frosting

  • Add the heavy cream to a medium sized bowl
  • Add the powdered sugar
  • Beat using an electric beater till you form stiff peaks

Chocolate Shavings

  • Grate the chocolate using a coarse blade grater. If you don't have that grade, then just use whichever you have.

Assembly

  • Slice off the top dome on each cake to get a flat top
  • Place the first layer on a clean surface
  • Brush the top with cherry syrup
  • Spread whipped cream on the cake and add sliced cherries on top
  • Repeat for the next two layers, except for the top layer don't add sliced cherries
  • Spread an even coat of the whipped cream frosting around the cake
  • Cover chocolate shavings to halfway up the cake. Add some on the top center as well.
  • Top it off with some cherries on top

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Commonly Asked Questions

Difference between Black Forest Cake and White Forest Cake

Black Forest gâteau or Black Forest cake is based on the German dessert ‘Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte’. It is a chocolate sponge cake with cherry filling in between each layer of cake with some cherry syrup brushed on the cake.

White Forest Cake is simply a variation with the difference being that instead of a chocolate cake, you simply make vanilla cake layers and instead of milk chocolate shavings, you use white chocolate shavings. Simple as that.

Why are eggs usually added to cakes?

Eggs help trap air while they are cooked so this property helps in cakes by creating a fluffy texture and aids in the rise of the cake. The protein in eggs is what creates a binding property and keeps the cake sponges from crumbling.

What can you do to make eggless cakes fluffy?

Using buttermilk (or making your own by adding milk + vinegar) and some baking soda usually does the trick. The buttermilk will aid separating the gluten in the flour and the baking soda acts as a rising agent, thereby making the cake fluffy. Using all ingredients at room temperature is another key factor that ensures the baking goes perfect.

How long will this cake last?

This cake will not keep incredibly long due to the whipped cream. I recommend eating within 1-2 days and storing in the fridge. Freezing this cake isnt recommended.

Should black forest cake be refrigerated?

Black forest cakes are covered in whipped cream which must be refrigerated if being left out for more than an hour.

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10 thoughts on “How To Make An Easy Eggless Black Forest Cake”

  1. 5 stars
    I know people who are allergic to eggs will love and appreciate this recipe 🙂. It hard to believe that an eggless cake came out so good looking. Eggs play a very important role in the flavor, texture and structure of cakes. You managed to pull it off in this recipe. Hope it taste as delicious 😋.

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