Jul 262010

For the longest time I wanted to bake a black forest cake like we used to have in Brazil. Black forest cake is a chocolate cake filled with cherries and whipped cream. After seeing the recipe for chocolate cake using mayonnaise from Louise at Month of Edible Celebrations which uses mayonnaise, I could not wait anymore…I found a really simple recipe for chocolate cake!

I cut in half the chocolate cake recipe with small changes. Instead of layering with cherries and whipped cream, I covered the cake with the mix of cherries and whipped cream, since there were no layers in the cake.

Most of the black forest cake contain some sort of liquor like rum…since my little niece and nephew were going to eat the cake I had the feeling that my sister would not be very happy if the kids suddenly started to behave kind of weird, so I left the liquor aside and only added some of the cherry syrup from the cherries. But if you have the opportunity, moist the cake with a small amount of rum before topping with the cream, it is amazing. Nevertheless, even without the rum, the cake turned out to be delicious, moist and rich in flavor.

By the way, I want to dedicate this post to my little nephew Nicholas…why? Nicholas loves, really loves chocolate and cherries…so this is for you Nick!


1 cup all purpose flour
5 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
¾ cup sugar
2 eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup water

Whip Cream Frosting
1 8oz whipping cream
4 table spoon of ultra fine sugar or confectionary sugar

1 small jar of cherries, drain and chopped. Reserve the syrup

Grated semi sweet chocolate, approximately 1/3 cup


Mix all the dry ingredients together, except the sugar.
In a bowl add the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract, beat in high speed until light and fluffy. Change to a lower speed and add the mayonnaise. Add the flour mix alternating with the water in 4 parts by finishing with the flour. Pour the batter into a 9 inch pan. Bake in a pre-heated oven for approximately 30~35 minutes at 350F. Once the cake is done (checked my inserting a toothpick and comes out clean), remove from the oven and let is cool completely in a rack before topping with the whip cream.

Whip Cream Frosting
Place the whipping cream into a bowl (metal preferably to keep it cold) and have it in a ice/water bath. Whip the whipping cream starting wih a low speed, until start to thicken, then increase the speed to a medium~high speed, slowly add the sugar and continue to whisk until stiff peaks forms. Gently fold in the cherries.

Sprinkle the cake with small amount of the cherry syrup. Cover the cake with the cherry/whip cream mix, top it with the grated chocolate and decorate with cherries. Place the cake in the refrigerator until time to serve.

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  89 Responses to “Black Forest Cake, this is for You Nick!”

  1. Maraschino cherries are one of the things that remind me the most of my childhood–must be because I ate them once a month at most! Your cake is definitely super appealing 🙂

  2. Mayo? Really? That’s some crazy stuff. The cake looks amazing…I love the shaved chocolate on top!

  3. This is definitely the choice of birthday cake in my family. Looks superb Juliana 🙂

  4. You know, I’ve read about adding mayo to a cake before, but I’ve never tried it. Imagine it makes it even more moist. And your cake looks divinely moist!
    And yes, I’ll have rum in mine, thanks.
    Super job, Julianna…lucky Nick!

  5. …this looks so irresistible, Juliana…been looking for a moist recipe for black forest cake and this fits the bill…yes, I’d like a slice please…

  6. Lucky Nick!! I’m drooling.

  7. Oh my heavens, Juliana, your Black Forest Cake is just gorgeous!!! What a lucky little boy your nephew is:) Normally, I would sway toward the rum too but the thought of morsels soaked with cherry syrup just sends me!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing. I am besides myself with delight that you enjoyed the recipe. You have done an amazing job!!! And yes, I’d love a piece or two!!!

  8. Mmmm, chocolate and cherries — sounds delish 🙂

  9. I’m making this for my husband!

  10. Hi Juliana,
    I just put this link on my Mayonnaise Cake post. After making a revisit to the cake I made and seeing yours, oh my goodness there’s just no comparing. Yours even looks better than the one pictured in the recipe!!! Thanks again. I may just be baking this baby again, your way!!!

  11. Aww, I think that’s sweet that you dedicated this post to your nephew. Your cake looks so creamy, fluffy, and delicious. This is the first time I’ve someone use mayonnaise – genius! I would definitely add the rum, and then drink some too…teehee. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe Juliana 😀

  12. Awesome! awesome! awesome! nothing else to say.

  13. Happy birthday to your nephew 🙂

  14. This looks amazing! Never heard of mayo in a cake before. I love its topping. Lovely presentation!

  15. This is lovely. Never used mayo in THIS cake before and what a good idea to put the cherries IN the frosting.

    Gonna have to try this way!!

  16. Juliana, just so sweet of you to make this lovely cake for your nephew, Nick! He will know how to place order next time 😀 It’s interesting to know you can use mayonnaise to make cake. I would love to try one day. Thanks very much for sharing.

  17. Chocolate and cherries is a perfect combination and this cake is really beautiful! I’m bookmarking it now! 🙂

  18. oh nick you lucky little guy, this cake look SUPER!!! yummy


  19. Now, that’s a sweet dedication — literally! Cherries, chocolate and cream. The trifecta of goodness. 😉

  20. I have never heard of mayo in a cake before. The cake is mouth watering. The pictures are gorgeous. :o)

  21. Juliana…really mayo? I would never have thought.
    The cake looks incredibly inviting.
    Love the last photo…and yes…I’ll take a slice.

    Flavourful wishes,

  22. Such a beautiful and delicious cake, never used mayonnaise in baking though…

  23. Louise’s site is such an inspiration with all the information she provides. What a yummy sounding cake. Lucky Nick – do you think he’ll share a slice with us? =)

  24. Nicholas has very good tastes, he’ll likely develop a very fine palate. Black forest cake is one of my favorites!!! I love the way the bright red cherries sit on top of the chocolate sprinkles and whipped cream!

  25. Nicholas has excellent taste – chocolate and cherries make a wonderful combination, and you’ve put them together beautifully in this cake!

  26. It looks beautiful! Your nephew Nick is a very lucky boy indeed! 😀

  27. Mayonnaise in the cake base? wow…that’s something so different..but really makes sense as it’s basically made of eggs and oil.
    Black Forest Cake looks beautiful!

  28. Yummm, that looks so delicious and luscious. Lucky Nick.

  29. this is so pretty! You decorated the cake really nicely =)

  30. Very interesting recipe indeed. First time I see mayonaise being use in a cake recipe. I will give this a try soon! Thanks for sharing!

  31. Thank you for stopping by my blog. It gave me the chance to meet yours which is beautiful. I like your nephew am great fan of chocolate. I simply cannot resist. This black forest looks beautiful and kid friendly.

  32. Wow!1 you made that!! Impressive looking cake 🙂

  33. Thanks for dropping by, nice to here. Love the black forest cake. Good presentation. Best wishes.

  34. Nice job on the frosting, it really looks like a black forest cake, 🙂
    I’ve tried to make one twice already, it didn’t come close to this one on both occasions, lol, probably it’s not such a good idea to ask for the help of a 4year old twin boys with the frosting!
    They really thought they’re a pro at it and would generally took over!!!
    I think I’m gonna give it one more try, lol, alone this time! I’ve tried mayo in my cake recipe before and it does make your cake really moist. Good call on that.

  35. Your cake looks lovely. I really like black forest cake, this looks like something I could eat all in one sitting.

  36. I’ve always love Black Forrest cake! Yours looks delicious!



  37. WOW…black forest cake looks so pretty..love that last pic put together..can be used as jigsaw puzzle..very well done..thanks for sharing this Juliana..I hope you having a great day ahead..tk care!

  38. Looks fantastic Juliana! Great call on the rum ;P I’ve heard of mayonnaise cake but never tried to make it before, now I’m extremely curious to try.

  39. What a dreamy looking cake. I haven’t had black forest cake in ages…we may have to remedy that!

  40. Oh that cake looks incredible!

  41. how amazingggg does this look!!! i bet nick loved it.

  42. This looks so chocolatey and good – I’m sure Nick will enjoy it!

  43. It’s such a pretty cake Juliana! And I bet it’s scrumptious tasting too! How sweet of you to dedicate it to your nephew.

  44. I have to try your recipe. I stopped making Black Forest cake because I thought the cake too dry. I think the mayonnaise might solve that problem. Your cake, by the way, sounds and looks delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  45. Nick is a very lucky boy. Fantastic cake recipe, great photos and clear instruction.


  46. I bet Nick loved his Blackforest cherry cake. Just beautiful Juliana! xo

  47. oh my! that looks amazing

  48. It is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. This cake is so expensive to buy! It doesn’t seem hard to make at all. My daughters love baking so this is something than can surely try.

  50. did Nick get to taste this cake? I’ll bet he loved it and beamed with pleasure! 😀

  51. I’ve heard of using mayo in cake before, but I have never used it myself. I love black forest cake! Reminds me of my childhood… Beautiful cake!

  52. Nick is so lucky. I am trying to figure out how to worm my way into your family. This looks scrumptious!

  53. That’s a great looking cake Juliana!

  54. The cherries and whipped cream look so great! And, great idea to moisten the cake with cherry juice if avoiding alcohol (although, using rum sounds great too!).

  55. I have always wanted to bake a true ack Forest Cake.

  56. Thank you all for the sweet comments…and yes the cake is delicious, so moist…. maybe due to the mayo in it…and many thanks to Louise for the original recipe 🙂

  57. I’m glad you liked the pictures of the Babies!

  58. A beautiful & georgous stylish cake!!!

    Waw,..mayonaise in a cake,..I must trythis one!

  59. your cake looks delicious! and mayonnaise sounds like such an interesting addition! Now I would love a nice big piece of that cake!

  60. Oh I heard mayo makes cakes amazingly moist. I’ve been meaning to make this type of cake for a friend too. It’s his favorite. May just have to bring him yours :).

  61. This dessert looks delicious! I love black forest cake. My oldest son’s name is Nicholas as well; great name!

  62. this looks gorgeous! and really yummy too!

  63. My grandmother is German and she used to make a black forest cake that was a little different than this one but all the same flavors! Except maybe the mayo… I will have to give that one a try. 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  64. Hey Juliana,there is an award waiting for you in my blog, plz come n collect it dear..:)

  65. This is so perfect for dessert!

  66. black forest cake is a favorite for sure, and it always looks so classy and impressive. well done, juliana!

  67. Cakes in Brazil were unlike any I’ve had before. I loved all the fruits that were new to me in a cake – passion fruit, plum, guava, mango. Then there was all that sweetened condensed milk! 🙂 I have seen mayo cakes before, but have never tried one. I have no doubt this one was delicious!

  68. whoooooaaaa!! this make me drooling….I always want to make a black forest cake, as a chocoholic….thanks for the step by step recipe! that’s really something doable!

  69. Beautiful! I love the “sliced” cake photo.:)

  70. I would love a slice (or two) thank you! Chocolate and cherries- I love the combination. Your cake looks absolutely decadent- thanks for sharing!

  71. It sounds really wonderful. I was deciding on Yaseen birthday cake… this is going to make the choice harder 🙂
    Wow mayo! Sounds really interesting!

  72. I have not learn how to decorate a cake using whipping cream. Is it tough?

  73. Bookmarking this for future birthdays. Or just because it looks divine. Lovely!

  74. Wow! Tasty, delicious, and beautiful!! What a wonderful birthday cake.

  75. Hey Juliana, when I saw your top photo, my mouth literally started watering. This looks so good. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a black forest cake, but I want to (smile)!

  76. Wow… what a mouth watering yummy gorgeous cake!!

  77. I’m sure Nick enjoyed this.

  78. I have a son named Nicholas who would love this cake too. It sounds perfect for a celebration.

  79. Black forest cake is a real favourite of mine. Yours came out so beautifully, great job 😀
    *kisses* HH

  80. Little Nicholas is one lucky boy to have such a delicious cake made for him.

  81. Beautiful, but not too pretty to eat! 😉 I could dive right in… Yum!

  82. Juliana, this is the simplist black forest cake I’ve ever seen. Such a great recipe. thank you so much for sharing. Hope you’re having a wonderful day.
    Cheers, kristy

  83. Anytime you start out by telling me to moisten the cake with rum, my eyes stand open at attention for the rest. This cake looks delicious, all one layer of it – and cherries, delicious.

  84. Mmm, what a fabulous treat!

  85. Had to come back and comment on this collage! This is just breathtaking!

  86. Oh this is great! A recipe using one 9 inch pan. I have to try this out. The texture looks really nice and the decorations are so pretty. I just found your blog and the layout is so cute.
    Also, thanks for visiting my blog Juliana. 🙂

  87. Just keep posting good content.

  88. Ohhh its just perfect! Simply gorgeous, I wish I could taste some now!

    Is this recipe exactly what you would have had in Brazil? I would love to see more cake recipes done the Brazilian way if you had any?