Black Forest Cake {gluten free} | The Pink Rose Bakery

Black Forest Cake

Hello! It has been a while since there was a big cake around these parts (that sounds slightly rude, just me?).

Black Forest Cake {gluten free} | The Pink Rose Bakery

Anyway, it has been a while such a thing appeared, and for no reason.

Well, I say no reason. There is a small one. A teeny cause for celebration. And that is all the excuse that is needed for cake, yes?

Black Forest Cake {gluten free} | The Pink Rose Bakery

On Monday I start a new job!! I am looking forward to it immensely and can’t wait to get stuck in. Hurrah!

But . . . and it is only a little but. For the past couple of years my sole focus has been on this blog and getting it part-way to where I want it to be. And it has been fun and I have enjoyed it. Don’t worry, I am not going anywhere, however I think in all honesty I will only be posting one recipe a week from now on.

A new job means a new routine, and whilst it has been fun, okay, sometimes it has been a challenge, creating two, sometimes three, recipes a week, it is quite time-consuming and can take up most of my free weekend time. Which I have never complained about and neither am I doing that now, my choice, right? But I will need to make lunches in advance (things like this and this will be high up on the list) and I don’t want to spend all weekend cooking and baking. There has to be time for other fun things too . . . so, one recipe a week it is. Of course, there may be times when more than one appear. Brucey Bonus Time!

So now that I have that little bit of house-keeping out of the way, let’s dig into this cake – rich chocolate ganache, cherries and whipped cream are sandwiched between two layers of chocolate sponge, which is then smothered in more whipped cream and topped with cherries, And let’s not forget the nod to ’70s nostalgia with some chocolate sprinkles!

Black Forest Cake {gluten free} | The Pink Rose Bakery

Let us also embrace the current trend for ‘naked’ cakes, i.e. barely there frosting that allows the sponge to peep through and it doesn’t matter if there are crumbs in it or the odd cherry poking out. The perfect trend if slathering on frosting an inch thick with a perfectly smooth finish is not your thing.

Black Forest Cake {gluten free} | The Pink Rose Bakery

And let’s not worry about the fact that the sides are slightly wonky because a bit of the sponge fell off  – which, of course, as baker and decorator you get to eat there and then. I promise it did fall off by accident . . . 😉

An absolute ’70s (and ’80s) classic. I grant thee permission to face plant it . . .

Black Forest Cake {gluten free} | The Pink Rose Bakery

Black Forest Cake


For the sponge:

  • 85g dark chocolate
  • 31g cocoa powder
  • 163g hot coffee
  • 125g light muscovado sugar
  • 84g vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 64g rice flour
  • 32g ground almonds
  • 1/2 tsp sea-salt
  • 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

For the filling and topping:

  • 75ml double cream
  • 75g dark chocolate
  • 425g can of pitted cherries (213g drained weight)
  • 200ml double cream
  • chocolate sprinkles


  1. Place the chocolate and cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Pour over the coffee and whisk until the chocolate has completely melted. Leave to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 180 Celsius / 160 fan / 350 Fahrenheit. Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin with non-stick baking paper.
  3. Once the chocolate mixture has cooled add the sugar, oil, eggs, vinegar and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.
  4. Sift in the flour, ground almonds, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Mix until everything is just incorporated.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for 25 – 30 minutes, until risen, just firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  6. Leave to cool in the tin for 20 minutes, then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Once the cake has cooled, make the ganache by gently heating the 75ml of double cream until just steaming. Add the chocolate and stir until melted and you have a lovely smooth consistency. Set aside for a moment to thicken slightly.
  8. Carefully cut the cake in half to create two layers. Place the bottom layer onto the serving dish. Spread over the ganache – it should be easily spreadable but no so runny that is runs off the cake.
  9. Drain the cherries and set 12 aside for decoration. Cut the remaining cherries in half and arrange onto of the ganache (don’t worry if you don’t use them all).
  10. Whip the remaining 200ml of double cream until it forms stiff peaks (careful not to turn it into butter). Take approximately half of the whipped cream and spread it on top of the cherries. Top with the remaining sponge.
  11. Take approximately two-thirds of the remaining whipped cream and spread over the top and sides of the cake. Place the rest of the cream in a piping bag and pipe on 12 little mounds. Top each mound with a cherry and scatter over some chocolate sprinkles.
  12. Store in a cool place until needed. Any left-over cake is best stored in the fridge.

© The Pink Rose Bakery 2015


11 thoughts on “Black Forest Cake”

  1. This looks so yummy! Black Forest is one of my all time favourites, I really think it doesn’t get enough credit these days. My Grandma used to make it when I was little and I’ve loved it ever since 🙂 xx


  2. I will miss your more frequent posts, but you have to get your priorities right, and at least we’ll be getting one recipe a week! Congratulations on the new job, and I hope it’s everything you hope for!


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