Pinterest, You’re a Fickle Bitch (aka Black Forest Cake)

black forest cake

Pinterest, You’re a Fickle Bitch (aka Black Forest Cake)

The gorgeous Pinterest images of the Black Forest Cake made me think I could re-create the same thing at home.  It’s EASY they said.  It’s SIMPLE they said.  Silly Pinterest.  She’s a fickle bitch.  She’ll lure you in with her pretty pictures and promises of the good life then leave you on your own when things don’t work out quite the way she promised.

What’s pictured above is a my version of the REAL WOMAN’S Black Forest Cake.   It’s not quite Pinterest Fail bad, but not nearly what was promised me.  Still as tasty, just not as pretty (kind of like real life). She may not win any beauty contests, but this one won’t abandon you when you need her most.

PicMonkey Collage


The “Pretty” image source:

Germany: Black Forest Cake
  • 2 C. flour
  • 2 C. sugar
  • ¾ C. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 C. milk
  • ½ C. vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 jar pitted cherries
  • 1 C. sugar
  • ¼ C. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 C. heavy whipping cream
  • ⅓ C. confectioners' sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch, round, cake pans; cover bottoms with waxed paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 cups sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add eggs, milk, oil, and 1 tablespoon vanilla; beat until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 35 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool layers in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Loosen edges, and remove to racks to cool completely.
  4. Drain cherries, reserving ½ cup juice. Combine reserved juice, cherries, 1 cup sugar and cornstarch in a 2 quart saucepan. Cook over low heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cool before using.
  5. Combine whipping cream and confectioner's sugar in a chilled medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form.
  6. With long serrated knife, split each cake layer horizontally in half. Tear one split layer into crumbs; set aside. Reserve 1½ cups Frosting for decorating cake; set aside. Gently brush loose crumbs off top and side of each cake layer with pasty brush or hands. To assemble, place one cake layer on cake plate. Spread with 1 cup frosting; top with ¾ cup cherry topping. Top with second cake layer; repeat layers of frosting and cherry topping. Top with third cake layer. Frost side of cake. Pat reserved crumbs onto frosting on side of cake. Spoon reserved frosting into pastry bag fitted with star decorator tip. Pipe around top and bottom edges of cake. Spoon remaining cherry topping onto top of cake.

This was inspired by a black forest cake recipe I found on


    • Miss Kim says

      Thanks, Susie. I agree, the stems kind of threw me too. I’m sure it was done for appearances only, but oh how I wish I could compose food photos like that! :)

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