German Black Forest Cherry Cake


Cake ingredients

  • 3⅛ cups
    all-purpose flour
  • cups
  • 1 cup
    cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
    sea salt
  • 2 cups
    coconut milk
  • 1 cup
    vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp
    vanilla extract

Filling ingredients

  • cups
    cherries frozen
  • ½ cup
    granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp
    kirsch or brandy apple cider is a suitable non-alocholic substitute
  • almond milk as needed

Chocolate ganache ingredients

  • 1 cup
    vegan chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup
    plant milk
  • 2 tbsp
    vegetable oil


Method for the cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 355°F. Lightly grease two 9 in round cake tins with cooking spray and line them with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together.
  3. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake tins. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a cake comes out clean. Remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool completely in the tins.

Method for the filling

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the cherries, granulated sugar and kirsch or brandy. Bring to a boil over a medium heat and continue to cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently until the mixture thickens.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a small bowl, stir in the vanilla, and let it cool. Add another splash of liquor, if desired.

Method for the frosting

  1. Blend the shortening until smooth. With the mixer running on low, add the confectioners' sugar and vanilla and mix until the mixture is even.
  2. Whisk on high for a further 2 minutes until light and fluffy. If needed, add plant milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, to thin out the frosting.

Method for the chocolate ganache

  1. Melt the chocolate chips and add the plant milk. Whisk in the vegetable oil until smooth.
  2. When the cakes have cooled completely, run a knife around the inside edge of each tin to loosen them and gently slip them out. Peel off the parchment paper.
  3. Spoon half of the cherry filling over one of the cakes, drizzling the liquid evenly.
  4. Spread the frosting over the cherry filling. Place the second cake on top of the first, bottom-side up, and spread the chocolate ganache evenly over the surface. Add the remaining cherry filling on top.
Courses: Dessert
Cuisines: German
Number ingredients: > 20 ingredients
Taste: sweet
Preparation method: baking
Type of dish: cake
Campaigns: VeggieChallenge

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