Black forest gateau


For sponge

6 eggs (300grms)does not have to be exact

150 grms powdered sugar

125grms Flour

3 tbsp cocoa

2 tbsp cornflour

salt pinch

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla essence

Filling and topping

500 ml whipping cream

5 tbsp icing sugar

1 tin canned cherries(pitted and chopped ,reserve few cherries for decoration)

1 cup syrup (from canned cherries)

Juice of 1 lime

chocolate shavings for decoration


For sponge

1. Pre heat the oven at 180 degree C .

2. Grease a 9inch cake tin,I have used spring form tin.Keep this aside.

3. Sift flour,baking powder,salt and cornflour three times and keep aside till further use.

4.Beat eggs and sugar with an electric beater.

5. Beat till it turns pale yellow in color and thick ribbon falls and holds in place for few seconds(I beat for little more that 10 to 12 minutes).

6. Add vanilla essence and beat again for few minutes.

7.Now mix in the flour mixture,fold gently to avoid the air from escaping.

8.Pour the batter into the cake tin and bake for 30 minutes or till done.

9.Remove from the oven and let the cake cool completely on a wire rack.

10. Cut the cake horizontally into desired layers.


  1. Mix cornflour with 1 tbsp cherry syrup, bring half cup cherry syrup to boil.Add the cornflour mix and boil till the syrup thickens.Take off the flame and add lime juice and let the syrup cool.
  2. Whip the cream with icing sugar  till soft peaks form. 

How to assemble

  1. Place bottom layer of the cake on a serving dish or cake tray,soak the cake with 1/2 of the cherry syrup.Spread half of the whipped cream on the cake and sprinkle the chopped cherries evenly over the whipped cream.
  2. Place the top layer of the cake over the cherries and soak with the remaining syrup.
  3. Spread the remaining whipped cream over the cake.Apply the chocolate shavings around the sides of the cake .Place the cherries on top of the cake to decorate.