Black Forest cake. The cake I will forever remember as the official cake of my dad’s birthday. Every single year, without fail, my mom would grab a grocery store bakery Black Forest cake come July and top it with candles. Nostalgia at its finest, I most certainly had to create my father’s favorite flavor and this dairy-free version of the beloved Black Forest cake did not disappoint.
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Four moist layers of deep chocolate cake soaked with cherry liqueur and stacked high with fluffy coconut whipped cream. Fresh cherry filling hidden secretly between each rich layer and topped with a dusting of chocolate shavings and sweet cherries. This Black Forest cake was absolute cake heaven in texture, taste, and appearance. Don’t be fooled by its decadent presentation, this cake is super easy to make and will wow a crowd!
What Is Black Forest Cake?
Black Forest cake, traditionally known as a Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, is a rich chocolate sponge cake severed several layers high with fresh cherries, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings. It is often made with a cherry spirit or cherry liqueur either baked into the cake, added to the whipped cream, or used as a soak on the cake layers.
Cherry Liqueur Cake Soak
Kirschwasser, sometimes referred to as Kirsch, is the traditional cherry liqueur used in Black Forest cake. It’s what I used, in combination with cherry juice, to brush on each chocolate cake layer. This simple cherry liqueur soak adds so much moisture with a hint of cherry flavor.
That said, I realize alcohol isn’t everyone’s jam so feel free to either skip this step or simply brush on some plain ol’ delicious cherry juice. If you are feeling super DIY you can make this amazing homemade cherry simple syrup from Cooking With Curls.
How To Make Coconut Whipped Cream
Black Forest cake would not be the same without its delicious and airy counterpart: whipped cream. Seeing as this is a dairy-free version, I have swapped out the traditional heavy whipping cream and used canned coconut cream. Coconut cream is the thicky creamy part that is on the top portion of chilled canned coconut milk. This heavy creamy portion is separated from the liquid and whipped gently with a splash of vanilla extract and icing sugar.
The key to coconut whipped cream is chilling the cans overnight in the fridge. Don’t try to whip coconut cream from room temperature. It simply won’t work. Here’s an in-depth blog post from Minimalist Baker regarding coconut whipped cream that has a few really helpful tips and tricks if you aren’t familiar with the process.
Simple No-Bake Cherry Filling
As a child, cherry filling always came from a can. And there’s nothing wrong with canned fillings, but to keep this dairy-free black forest cake as easy and as homemade as possible, I decided to go with real cherries for the filling. No cooking, no extra ingredients, no chill time. That’s my kind of easy!
First, grab approximately 3 cups of either frozen and thawed or canned cherries. Make sure to save some of the juice and/or syrup for the cake soak! Next, very coarsely cut the thawed or canned cherries up. Don’t cut them too fine as you want some bigger cherry chunks in the filling. Third, spoon that deliciously easy cherry filling in between each cake layer on top of the coconut whipped cream.
Easy Dairy-Free Black Forest Cake
Let’s double-check this black forest cake lineup. Rich deep chocolate cake layers. Cherry liqueur soak. Fluffy coconut whipped cream. And last, but definitely not least, cherry filling. Topped with some fresh cherries and a light dusting of fine chocolate shavings, this Dairy-Free Black Forest cake is ridiculously delicious and ridiculously easy. Not to mention she’s a stacked show-stopper of a cake. That, my sweet friends, is a winning cake combination.
Chocolate And Fruit Desserts
There’s something about a little bit of chocolate and a little bit of fruit. Here are a few other recipes that I think will tickle your tastebuds:
- Chocolate Berry Cake
- Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
- Raspberry Blondies
- Key Lime Pie Cake