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Black Forest Cake

This Black Forest Cake is the moistest chocolate cake layered with a sweet cherry filling and a perfect whipped cream frosting. This dreamy cake is perfect to bring for your next occasion.

Black Forest Cake slice

Friends welcome to my December it is literally celebration after celebration in this family. Kicking off the festivities we start with hubby’s birthday who this amazing Black Forest Cake is made for! Then we move to our wedding anniversary (going on 8 yearsūüíē), Christmas, my son’s birthday, mom’s birthday oh and were not done it ends with New Year’s Eve. Totally need to find a dress…!

What a month and I am smack in the middle of it! My favorite part though is all the sweets made it my little cozy kitchen!

Last week was full of Christmas cookies and hot cocoa, tis’ the season to be jolly!

Black Forest Cake

Ed my hubby is a huge face of chocolate and fruit, I think it’s so bizarre, ha! He likes his apple pie with chocolate ice cream and he is probably one of the only people I know that does this! Ironically my son absolutely hates chocolate! For the birthday boy, I whipped up this luscious Black Forest Cake and no my chocolate hating son didn’t even try it, haha! But, everyone who came out to Celebrate absolutely loved it.  Probably the greatest feeling ever for me!

Black Forest Cake

Black forest cake may be the very best chocolate fruit combo I’ve ever made!  This Black Forest Cake is full of so much rich flavor.  The cherry chocolate combo is so sexy it’s one that makes everyone goo Mmmmm mmm mmm. This layer cake takes this flavor combo to a whole new level! Fresh Cherries were not in season around here I was a few weeks early however I could not postpone the birthday so I used frozen pitted cherries and they were terrific!

Black Forest Cake

The moist chocolate cake layers taste so rich, really could be eaten on its own. The filling and toppings make this Black Forest cake live up to its name. Juicy cherries, jam preserves, and fluffy whipped cream come together to make this Black Forest Cake so damn good! 

To all my chocolate cherry lovers this one is for you!

Black Forest Cake

How To Make Black Forest Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and prepare 3, 8-inch cake pans with non-stick spray or parchment paper. 
  • In a medium bowl whisk together your flours, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, & baking powder till combined. 
  • Cut butter into 12-16 small pieces and add into your dry ingredients. Mix on low till flour is crumbly and damp. (about 45 seconds. 1 minute)
  • Add-in eggs 1 at a time and mix on low till combined.
  • Add in vanilla extract, almond extract, and greek yogurt and mix on low till combined. 
  • Add in milk and mix till just combined.
  • Divide batter evenly into your prepared cake pans. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Cherry Filling 

  • Combine the defrosted cherries, cherry jam and vanilla extract in a small bowl. Mix on low till combined.

Frosting

  • In a large bowl combine heavy cream, cream cheese, powder sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed till smooth, then turn on high speed and beat till stiff peaks form.

Chocolate Ganache

  • Heat full-fat coconut milk or heavy cream pour in dark chocolate and let sit for 2 minutes. Whisk till completely melted and smooth.

Cake Assembly

  • Place chocolate cake on serving platter.
  • Spread frosting then cherry filling.
  • Place the second layer on top and repeat. 
  • Top with the third layer and frost the cake with the rest of your frosting. 
  • Make chocolate ganache. 
  • Carefully pour chocolate around the perimeter of the cake letting it drip offsides. I like to op the entire cake its really up to you how much you want.
  • Garnish with more cherries, chocolate, and powdered sugar.

Love chocolate desserts also try, The Best Vegan Dark Chocolate Tart.

Yield: 12

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

This Black Forest Cake is the moistest chocolate cake layered with a sweet cherry filling and a perfect whipped cream frosting. This dreamy cake is perfect to bring for your next occasion.

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup full fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk¬†

Cherry Filling

  • 1 cup cherries, defrost if frozen
  • 1/4 cup cherry preserves¬†
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract¬†

Frosting

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk (canned)
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate (can use chocolate chips)

Instructions

    Cake:

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and prepare 3, 8-inch cake pans with non-stick spray or parchment paper. 
    In a medium bowl whisk together your flours, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, & baking powder till combined. 
    Cut butter into 12-16 small pieces and add into your dry ingredients. Mix on low till flour mixture is crumbly and damp. (about 45 seconds. 1 minute)
    Add-in eggs 1 at a time till combined.
    Add in vanilla extract, almond extract, and greek yogurt and mix on low till combined. 
    Add in milk and mix till just combined.
    Divide batter evenly into your prepared cake pans. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 


    Cherry Filling :

    Combine the defrosted or fresh cherries, cherry jam and vanilla extract in a small bowl. Mix on low till combined.


    Frosting:

    In a large bowl combine heavy cream, cream cheese, powder sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed till smooth, then turn on high speed and beat till stiff peaks form.


    Cake Assembly:

    Place chocolate cake on serving platter.
    Spread frosting then cherry filling.
    Place the second layer on top and repeat. 
    Top with the third layer and frost the cake with the rest of your frosting. 


    Chocolate Ganache:

    Place chocolate in a medium-sized bowl.

    In a small saucepan heat the coconut milk or heavy cream just till it starts to bubble. Pour warm coconut milk over the chocolate and let sit for 2 minutes.

    Whisk the chocolate for about 2 minutes till melty and smooth.

    Carefully pour chocolate around the perimeter of the cake letting it drip offsides.

    Garnish with more cherries, melted chocolate ganache, and powdered sugar.

Notes

For a stiffer frosting add more powder sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, and mix till the desired stiffness is reached.

The Best Vegan Dark Chocolate Tart

This Vegan Dark Chocolate Tart is by far the most delicious chocolate tart I have ever tasted. Made with wholesome ingredients this is an ultra decadent and velvety chocolate treat for any chocolate lover!

This is an easy recipe that everyone can enjoy it is both gluten-free and vegan-friendly. Easy to make with a handful of ingredients and minimal baking time. You will have the chocolate tart of your dreams ready in no time! 

I love that this recipe only has about 10-15 minutes of active cooking, and the rest does itself in the fridge while it sets! This Vegan Dark Chocolate Tart is simply irresistible! I had a piece for breakfast with my coffee this morning it is dangerously delicious and so rich! It is one of those desserts you can make for any occasion. Pick your topping seasonally! Fall – pomegranate, winter – crushed candy canes, spring – any nut butter and crushed nuts, summer keep it skinny haha! What I am trying to get at is that you can top it with whatever your heart desires.

Cacao powder or Cocoa powder?

It’s a personal preference! Honestly, I prefer raw cacao powder simply for all the amazing benefits! It is full of antioxidants, calcium, and is a natural mood booster!

 

How do I make The Best Vegan Dark Chocolate Tart?

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease your tart pan with coconut oil, set aside. 
  • In a medium bowl combine your almond flour, coconut oil, agave, and cacao powder. Stir ingredients together till evenly combined. 
  • Press the crust mixture evenly into your 9-inch tart pan. Bake for 13-15 minutes. You want the crust to feel dry and slightly firm. Set aside and let cool. 
  • While the crust is baking start your chocolate filling. Start by chopping up your dark chocolate bars, you can sub chocolate chips too. 
  • Pour the can of coconut cream into a saucepan and turn the heat on low. Whisk till simmering about 2 minutes and turn off the heat.
  • Pour in your dark chocolate pieces and let sit for 30 seconds. Slowly whisk together till chocolate is melted and smooth. 
  • Stir in agave, vanilla extract, and instant coffee till combined.
  • Pour chocolate mixture over your crust and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.
  • Let it set in the fridge for 2 hours before serving.

 

 

Love healthy treats, also try Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. 

Yield: 12

The Best Vegan Dark Chocolate Tart

The Best Vegan Dark Chocolate Tart

This Vegan Dark Chocolate Tart is bay far the most delicious chocolate tart I have ever tasted. Made with wholesome ingredients this is an ultra decadent and velvety chocolate treat for any chocolate lover!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/8 cup agave
  • Filling:
  • 1 13.5 oz can of coconut cream ( I used Trader Joe's brand)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chopped, can sub chips
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp instant coffee grounds (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all your crust ingredients till well combined.
  3. Press the crust mixture evenly into your 9-inch tart pan. Bake for 13-15 minutes. You want the crust to feel dry and slightly firm. Set aside and let cool. 
  4. While the crust is baking start your chocolate filling. Start by chopping up your dark chocolate bars, you can sub chocolate chips too. 
  5. Pour coconut cream into a saucepan and turn the heat on low. Whisk till simmering about 2 minutes and turn off the heat.
  6. Pour in your dark chocolate pieces and let sit for 30 seconds. Slowly whisk together till chocolate is melted and smooth. 
  7. Stir in agave, vanilla extract, and instant coffee till combined.
  8. Pour chocolate mixture over your crust and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.
  9. Let it set in the fridge for 2 hours before serving. 

Notes

You can top with anything you like!

Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies

The most perfect Gluten, Refined Sugar & Dairy free Brownies! They are so fudgy, rich, and chocolatey with a crispy exterior. This is a one bowl mix!

I have fallen in love with Almond Flour! Its become my favorite flour to bake with. It is no surprise that I have a sweet tooth. Baking a brownie that taste like a brownie but is so much healthier than your average brownie brings me pure joy! I don’t like feeling icky after eating junk, so here you have my healthified brownie babes!

Brownies have always been my favorite chocolate fix. I love the simplicity of them! The fudgier the better in my opinion! You won’t even notice they are gluten, refined sugar or dairy free! Store them in the fridge, they won’t last long!

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5 from 2 votes

Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

Rich, supremely dense, crinkly outside thick and fudgy inside! Refined sugar, Gluten, and Dairy FREE!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownies, chocolate
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup refined coconut oil, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • dash of salt
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips + more for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350¬ļF. Grease and line a 8-inch square pan.
  • In a medium bowl combine apple sauce, coconut oil, eggs, vanilla, salt, coconut sugar. Mix till alll ingredients are well combined.
  • Mix in the cocoa powder and almond flour and baking powder.
  • Fold in chocolate chips. Pour into baking dish.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes.