Schwarzwaelder Kirschtorte (German Black Forest To

Yield:12 servings


2 cups cake flour
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp. double-acting baking power
4 tsp. lemon juice
3/4 cups hot milk
Cherry filling
1 lb. 4 oz can tart red cherries in heavy syrup
2 tbsp. arrowroot or cornstarch
8 to 10 drop(s) red food coloring
Chocolate filling
1 bar(s) German sweet chocolate
1 cups heavy cream, whipped
pinches salt
2 cups heavy cream, whipped
3 tbsp. Kirschwasser


  1. CAKE: Sift flour and baking powder together 3 times. Beat eggs until light and thickened (about 10 minutes). Gradually add sugar to eggs, beating constantly. Add lemon juice. Fold in flour a little at a time. Add the hot milk, mixing quickly until batter is smooth. Lightly grease and flour three 9" round cake pans, preferably pans with removable bottoms. Divide the batter between the 3 pans. Preheat oven to 350°F.; bake cake layers for 25 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Remove from pans and slice each layer crosswise into 2 layers, making 6 layers.
  1. FILLING: Combine in a saucepan, cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until smooth, thick and clear. Remove from heat; cool.
  1. FILLING: Melt chocolate over hot water; cool to room temperature. Fold into the whipped cream. Chill 15 to 20 minutes.
  1. : Add salt to cream as you beat it. When cream stands in peaks, fold in the Kirschwasser. Place one cake layer on a large cake plate. Spread with half the chocolate filling. Add the second cake layer; spread with a scant cup of the whipped cream. Add the third layer; spread this with remaining chocolate filling. Add the fourth layer; spread this with a scant cup of the whipped cream. Over the fifth layer spread the cherry filling. Top with the sixth layer. Spread the remaining whipped cream over the top and sides. Garnish with maraschino cherries and shaved curls of German sweet chocolate. Refrigerate at least an hour before serving. Makes 12 to 14 very rich servings.