How To Make An Easy Eggless Black Forest Cake

8 slices
55 Minutes

Growing up in India, if you having a regular birthday celebration, we just regular 3 layered vanilla cake with frosting. If you are having a really fancy one, then its almost always a black forest cake. Its just so appealing to the eye. The rich white frosting, with chocolate shavings and cherries on top….the color contrast itself is amazing. So here we go, our Eggless Black Forest Cake recipe! You are gonna love it!

Ingredients and Alternatives :

All purpose four:  Make sure you sift the flour before using. Last thing you need is lumps in your pasta dough. 

Unsweetened coca powder: I have always have good results with using unsweetened cocoa powder instead of sweetened.

Olive oil: I usually use olive oil for all baking. You can use any other oil that does not have a strong flavor or smell.

Vanilla Extract: Always use natural extract or better yet, if you can get actual vanilla beans and make the extract, then all the more better. Vanilla beans however can be quite expensive so maybe this is not a viable option always. Artificial extracts always have a discernable taste and I am not a big fan of it. 

Milk: We used regular milk. You can obviously use any alternatives as well, like almond milk. 

Cherry: Maraschino cherries were used for decoration on top and sliced one for adding in between the cake layers. Maraschino cherries are preserved sweetened cherries that usually in a jar.

We used frozen cherries for making the cherry syrup. You can use thawed for this as well. Try not using maraschino cherries for making the syrup since this comes very sweet already. 

Chocolate: For shavings, you can use milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate. These are supposed to be the two best options for making shavings. 

Other ingredients: Granulated white sugar, baking soda, salt, white vinegar, heavy cream, olive oil, water. powdered sugar

Don't forget to check out our step by step video before proceeding!

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Recipe details

  • 8 slices
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes|Cook time: 35 Minutes|Total time: 55 Minutes


Chocolate Cake (for 1 layer of cake)

Cherry Syrup

Whipped Cream Frosting

Chocolate Shavings


Chocolate Cake

Sift the flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl
Add the baking soda and salt. Mix everything well.
In a medium bowl, take the milk and add in the vinegar. Mix and let it stand for 1 minute.
Add in the sugar to the milk + vinegar mixture and mix till the sugar is dissolved.
Add in the oil.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix till everything is very well mixed.
Add in the vanilla and mix. In a 6 inch cake pan, line the bottom with parchment paper.
Grease the bottom and side with butter and pour the batter into it
Bake at 350 F for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when put in the middle of the cake.
Remove the cake from the pan and let it cook on a wire rack
Repeat all above steps

Cherry Syrup

In a deep pan, add water, sugar and the cherries.
Bring to a simmer for 2 to 3 minutes
Strain the syrup

Whipped Cream Frosting

Add the heavy cream to a medium sized bowl
Add the powdered sugar
Beat using an electric beater till you form stiff peaks

Chocolate Shavings

Grate the chocolate using a coarse blade grater. If you don't have that grade, then just use whichever you have.


Slice off the top dome on each cake to get a flat top
Place the first layer on a clean surface
Brush the top with cherry syrup
Spread whipped cream on the cake and add sliced cherries on top
Repeat for the next two layers, except for the top layer don't add sliced cherries
Spread an even coat of the whipped cream frosting around the cake
Cover chocolate shavings to halfway up the cake. Add some on the top center as well.
Top it off with some cherries on top

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