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Black Forest Chocolate Torte

If you're thinking about pulling out all the stops for a dessert that says wow, look no further. This cherry-crowned beauty—stacked layers of chocolate cake and cream filling—will have everyone talking. —Doris Grotz, York, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 ounces German sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 cup cherry pie filling


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of 4 greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment; grease parchment.
  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in water just until blended.
  • In a microwave, melt unsweetened chocolate; stir until smooth. Stir in vanilla. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with chocolate mixture, beating after each addition. Divide batter among prepared pans.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 15-20 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  • For chocolate filling, melt chocolate in a microwave; stir until smooth. Stir in butter until blended. Stir in almonds.
  • For whipped cream, in a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until soft peaks form.
  • To assemble, place 1 cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 1/3 cup chocolate filling and 1 cup whipped cream. Repeat layers twice. Top with the remaining cake and chocolate filling.
  • Spread remaining whipped cream over sides of cake. Press almonds onto sides. Spoon pie filling over top of cake. Refrigerate until serving.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 596 calories, 41g fat (22g saturated fat), 124mg cholesterol, 210mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • Mary Ann
    Oct 12, 2020

    It’s Octoberfest / all things German and the perfect time for this show stopper. Everyone loved this cake and asked for the recipe.

  • AKEmily
    Jun 17, 2020

    I'll admit I cheated a little to save time--I used a box of devil's food cake for the cake base, making two 9-inch circle cakes and slicing them in halves for the layers. For the rest of the cake, I followed the recipe. It turned out so good, I'm planning to make this again for my in-laws. Even my husband, who is hard to impress and rarely partakes of leftovers, liked it so much he got to the leftovers before anyone else ;) He described it as light and just the right sweetness.

  • Suellen
    Apr 17, 2020

    Replying to La Joyce - actually you are incorrect on all points. Schwartzwalder Kirsch Torte is an authentic German recipe. Typically kirsch (cherry liqueur) is also added. When critiquing a recipe, it's always better to make it constructive rather than childish and vindictive. Your comments are more believable when made in a mature, adult way.

  • Joan F
    Feb 12, 2019

    Made this several years ago in a 13 by 9 pan. It was fabulous!

  • La Joyce
    May 26, 2018

    Do not ever even think of calling this stack of stuff a Black Forest cake. It is so far from a cake made in the German Black Forest I wonder just what it is. There would never be cherry pie filling on top of real whipped cream icing on a chocolate cake made in Germany. I have seen bakeries that call a chocolate cake with every kind of cherry placed on top called a Black Forest cake. How much do you pay someone to force them to eat this conglomeration of junk?

  • princessivy
    Mar 4, 2013

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  • danisaint
    Nov 21, 2011

    I made this as an entry to a work sponsered bake-off and won! The ladies I work with LOVED this cake and have been begging me to make it again. My husband insisted that I make 2 next time, one for them and one for him!

  • memec910
    Apr 6, 2011

    I can not believe this only has 1 3/4 cup offlour and it makes three four layers , isthis right?

  • marcia ray
    Jul 21, 2010

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  • Anngelgurl3
    Mar 20, 2010

    I made this for my boyfriend's birthday, and everyone loved it. I was skeptical because I'm not a cherry lover, but the combo with the rich chocolate layers was decadent!