Black Forest “Cup” Cake Recipe – with French Cream

My first encounter with fresh cream was probably when I ate black forest cake as a child. Growing up, mom used to attend cooking classes at the community centre and would return home to make some of the most amazing things and Black Forest Cakes was one of them! Until then, I only knew of buttercream cakes, so when I had chocolate cake soaked with sweet alcohol with layers of fresh cream and dark cherries topped with chocolate shavings, it was nothing short of an epiphany!

But you know, assembling a whole black forest cake isn’t easy especially if it is not something you do on a regular basis. At least for me, either the cake crumbs or cherry sauce would always get into the white fluffy cream while creaming the cake, and lining the sides with chocolate shavings is yet another challenge! So, putting all the different components into a cup or glass is the perfect workaround!

The Chocolate Cake

One of the key components of the black forest cake is the chocolate cake. If you are short on time, you may use store-bought chocolate cake or muffins instead of baking it yourself. However, this recipe is really easy and requires only basic equipment and yields a moist cake which really soaks up all that lovely alcohol!

Use a cookie cutter to cut out discs of chocolate cake to insert into your cup or glass.

Easy Recipe for Chocolate Cake

Plain Flour 120g (1/2 cup)
Cocoa Powder 62.5g (1/4 cup)
Baking Powder 1 tsp
Baking Soda 0.75tsp
Castor Sugar 200g (1 cup)
Egg 1
Milk 125ml (1/2 cup)
Oil 62.5ml (1/4 cup)
Hot water 125ml (1/2 cup)


  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius
  2. Sieve dry ingredients into a bowl and add castor sugar
  3. Mix milk, oil, and eggs together
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix till smooth
  5. Add hot water to the batter
  6. Add batter to a 13×8 inch pan lined with baking paper
  7. Bake cake at 170 degrees celsius for 15 mins or until the top of the cake is firm

Key Ingredients

Apart from the chocolate cake, other essential components are dark cherries, fresh cream, and kirsch. Kirschwasser (German for cherry water to be precise), is a clear brandy made from sour cherries. When soaked in the chocolate cake, the taste is what makes a black forest cake, a black forest cake. The other ingredient is the bright red Maraschismo Cherry that you find on a lot of old-school cream cakes. The bright red cherry balanced atop a mound of fresh cream is iconic for a Black Forest cake! In fact, in the Black Forest region, the traditional folk costume consists of a Bollenhut or a ball hat with bright red pom poms that look very much like the Maraschismo cherries! Is this simply a coincidence? I think not!

And finally, I whipped up some French Cream and icing sugar for the fresh cream. Professional chefs like to use French Cream because of its consistent quality.

Whipped Cream
French Cream 300ml
Icing sugar 1 Tbsp

Cherry filling
Dark Sweet Cherries 1 can
Sugar 2 Tbsp
Kirsch 125ml (1/2 cup)


  1. Cool cake on rack
  2. Drain dark cherries
  3. Add sugar to cherry syrup and reduce.
  4. Pour cream into an ice-cold bowl
  5. Add icing sugar
  6. Whip till stiff peaks and put into a piping bag
  7. Set aside whipped cream

Assembling the cup-cake

The wonderful thing about using a cup or glass is that you don’t have to be overly skilled in your piping techniques. All you really need to do is to put everything together in the cup! In fact, if you don’t want to pipe the whipped cream, you can simply spoon it into the cup!

Anti-clockwise from bottom left corner: Add syrup and kirsh to cake, pipe cream between the cherries, place another layer of cake, pipe on more whipped cream, shave chocolate and top with Marachismo cherry


  1. Cut cake into required size to fit into cup
  2. Add 1 Tbsp syrup and 1 Tbsp Kirsch (or more if you like!)
  3. Place cherries on top of cake
  4. Pipe whipped cream to fill the space between the cherries
  5. Place another layer of cake on top of the cherries
  6. Add 1 Tbsp syrup and 1 Tbsp Kirsch (or more if you like!)
  7. Pipe whipped cream on top of the cake
  8. Shave chocolate on top of the cream
  9. Place a maraschino cherry on top of the cream
Black forest cake in a glass

Other Variations

As you can imagine, there are many ways you can put this idea together. Below was a sample I made before shooting the video. It’s basically the same except for the dark cherry at the top.

Simple Black Forest Cake in a cup


Enjoy making your own version of the Black Forest cup-cake and don’t forget to reach out for some luxurious French Cream when doing so. Happy Cooking and Bon Appetit!

Other recipes using French Cream

Easy Bak Kwa Scones Recipe
Easy Egg Tart Recipe

This post is made possible by the French Dairy Board with aid from the EU.
#creamofeurope #enjoyitsfromeurope #frenchcream

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Can i use the above chocolate recipe and bake a good chocolate cake.

Can I use the above chocolate recipe just to make chocolate cake.


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