Vegan Black Forest Cake (easy recipe)

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This heavenly Vegan Black Forest Cake is incredibly delicious and made without any dairy ingredients. The recipe is simple and can also be made sugar-free and gluten-free. It’s perfect for a birthday or as a dessert for a cozy afternoon.

This Vegan Black Forest Cake is incredibly delicious. The recipe is easy, contains plant-based ingredients and can be made sugar-free and gluten-free.

Actually, I wanted to share this recipe earlier on my blog but somehow I couldn’t get around to it yet. Usually, I’ve baked this Vegan Black Forest Cake for a birthday party or another festive occasion without photographing it first. In fact, this cake is always very popular with guests, although it’s even vegan, made of plant-based ingredients and much healthier than regular chocolate cakes with creamy layers.

This Vegan Black Forest Cake is incredibly delicious. The recipe is easy, contains plant-based ingredients and can be made sugar-free and gluten-free. This Vegan Black Forest Cake is incredibly delicious. The recipe is easy, contains plant-based ingredients and can be made sugar-free and gluten-free.

Vegan Black Forest Cake – The perfect dessert

I don‘t bake rich festive cakes for myself so often. Mostly, I make a simple Carrot Cake, Apple or Cherry Pie or my best healthy Banana Bread. But if it should be a cake, then it has to be a Vegan Black Forest Cake! My family and I love this cake so much and we always serve it as dessert on Christmas. This cake tastes incredibly delicious! The combination of a fluffy chocolate cake, which contains no eggs and no dairy ingredients, plus fruity cherries and a light cream layer is absolutely heavenly.

This Vegan Black Forest Cake is incredibly delicious. The recipe is easy, contains plant-based ingredients and can be made sugar-free and gluten-free. This Vegan Black Forest Cake is incredibly delicious. The recipe is easy, contains plant-based ingredients and can be made sugar-free and gluten-free.

You only need a few ingredients and it‘s easy to make!

To make this cake, you don‘t need many ingredients and the best thing, it’s relatively easy to make! The batter for the chocolate cake comes together very quickly in one bowl. If you have three round baking tins, you could even bake three layers at the same time. Otherwise, you can bake the whole batter in one baking form and then cut it into three even layers. That’s how I do it.

This Vegan Black Forest Cake is incredibly delicious. The recipe is easy, contains plant-based ingredients and can be made sugar-free and gluten-free.

A fruity filling of juicy cherries with plant-based cream

The filling is made of cherries from the glass (or canned) and whipped plant-based cream, which is also the frosting. You can choose whether you use regular cream or dairy-free cream. I always use this plant-based cream for whipping because it gets perfectly stiff. I don‘t know if this recipe works with coconut cream either because I haven‘t tried it yet.

This Vegan Black Forest Cake is incredibly delicious. The recipe is easy, contains plant-based ingredients and can be made sugar-free and gluten-free.

A noble Vegan Black Forest Cake

I‘ve decorated this cake with round pipes of remaining cream plus cherries on top and sprinkled over some grated chocolate. You don‘t need more decoration, because the cake looks beautiful like so. I think, it even seems majestic and noble. This cake is:

  • Vegan
  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Without Butter
  • Creamy
  • Fruity
  • A delicious Dessert
  • Can be made Gluten-free and Sugar-free.

This Vegan Black Forest Cake is incredibly delicious. The recipe is easy, contains plant-based ingredients and can be made sugar-free and gluten-free.

Bake a small cake or a big cake

This little Vegan Black Forest Cake is perfect for a single household or a small family. The recipe is for a 7-inch round baking tin, but you can simply double the recipe if you want to bake a large 10/11-inch in diameter cake. Have fun trying! 😊

This Vegan Black Forest Cake is incredibly delicious. The recipe is easy, contains plant-based ingredients and can be made sugar-free and gluten-free.

This Vegan Black Forest Cake is incredibly delicious. The recipe is easy, contains plant-based ingredients and can be made sugar-free and gluten-free.
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Vegan Black Forest Cake

This heavenly vegan Black Forest cake is incredibly delicious and contains only plant-based ingredients. The recipe is simple and can be made sugar-free and gluten-free. It's a perfect cake for a birthday or as a dessert for a cozy afternoon.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert, Kleinigkeit, Nachspeise, Snack, Snacks
Servings: 7 pieces
Author: Bianca Zapatka

Ingredients

For the chocolate cake:

  • 1 1/3 cup (gluten-free) flour * (175 g)
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch (25 g)
  • 1/2 cup raw cane sugar or erythritol (100 g)
  • 5 tbsp cocoa (30 g)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 5 tbsp neutral oil (60 ml)
  • 200 ml sparkling water (or plant-based milk)
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar

For the cherry compote:

  • 12 oz cherries (350 g) canned
  • 1/4 cup raw cane sugar or erythritol (50 g)
  • 3 1/2 tbsp cornstarch (30 g)
  • 1 cup juice from the cherries (230 ml)

For the cream:

  • 2 cups plant-based cream (500 ml)
  • 2 packs of cream stabilizer
  • 1/2 tsp ground bourbon vanilla

For the decoration:

  • 7 cherries
  • 3-4 tbsp grated vegan chocolate

Instructions

Chocolate cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 355°F (180°C) and line the bottom of a 7-inch round baking tin with parchment paper.
  • Mix the flour, corn starch, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Add oil and sparkling water and mix with a whisk to combine, add the baking soda and apple cider vinegar last. Fill the batter into the baking tin and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely, then cut into 3 equal cake layers.
  • (Optionally, you can divide the batter in 3 baking tins and bake for about 15 minutes).

Cherry compote:

  • Drain cherries and collect the juice.
  • Stir 2-3 tbsp of the cherry juice with sugar and starch. Bring the remaining cherry juice to a boil in a pot, stir in the starch mixture using a whisk and bring to a boil again while stirring constantly. Then remove from the heat, let cool a bit and gently fold in the cherries.

Cream:

  • Beat cream with an electric hand mixer on high speed for about 1 minute, then add cream stabilizer and continue beating until stiff. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, until ready to use.

Assemble the cake:

  • Spread half of the cherry compote evenly on the bottom cake layer, then spread over a thin layer of cream. Top with the second cake layer, spread over the remaining compote followed by another cream layer. Top with the third cake layer and frost the top and sides of the cake with remaining cream (save a small portion of the cream for the decoration and fill into a piping bag).

Decoration:

  • Pipe 7 rounds of cream on the top of the cake and place a cherry over each one. Sprinkle with grated chocolate and refrigerate cake for at least 1 hour- before serving.
  • Enjoy! 😊

Notes

  • Instead of all purpose white flour, you could make this cake gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour blend 1:1
  • I use this plant-based cream for whipping.
  • If you like the cake sweeter, you could use a sweetened plant-based cream or add more sugar or erythritol.
  • The cake lasts for about 4-5 days in the fridge and is also great for freezing.
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This Vegan Black Forest Cake is incredibly delicious. The recipe is easy, contains plant-based ingredients and can be made sugar-free and gluten-free.

14 Comments

  1. Inna
    7. October 2018 / 11:33

    Hey, what the cream stabilizer is?

    • Bianca Zapatka 7. October 2018 / 17:30

      Hi Inna,
      I linked the products in the recipe notes and in the text.
      Lots of love,
      Bianca❤️

  2. 7. October 2018 / 21:35

    This black forest cake looks incredible! I wish I could try a piece right now. 😍
    Thanks for sharing such a great recipe.
    Much love, Ela ❤️

    • Bianca Zapatka 8. October 2018 / 12:45

      Hi Ela,
      So glad that you like this recipe!
      Thank you so much for your comment! 😊
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

    • Bianca Zapatka 10. October 2018 / 22:05

      Hi Dee,
      So happy that you like the cake! 😊
      Thank you for your comment ❤️
      Lots of love,
      Bianca

  3. Melissa
    6. November 2018 / 14:53

    Hi! The cake looks awesome! By any chance, do you have any advice about how to freeze it? Should I freeze the layers and make the cream and cherry compote last minute? I’m afraid about freezing the entire cake, I don’t know how the cream could turn out.

    Thank you!

    • Bianca Zapatka 8. November 2018 / 12:06

      Hi my dear!
      You can either freeze the entire cake or in single pieces. I prefer to freeze it in single pieces. You can put a piece of baking paper between each slice so they don’t stick together.
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

  4. Maria
    22. November 2018 / 12:49

    Dear Bianca,

    This cake looks amazing and I would like to surprise my little boy for his birthday next month. I would like to make it with whipped coconut cream instead of soya based whipped cream and cream stabiliser. From your experience do you think it would work please.

    Thank you

    Maria

    • Bianca Zapatka 23. November 2018 / 18:38

      Hi Maria,
      I‘m sure your little boy will be very happy about this surprise! 😊
      I’ve never tried using coconut cream, but you can do and let me know, if it worked.
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

  5. Henk Troostman
    27. November 2018 / 12:03

    Can you use white vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar?

    • Bianca Zapatka 27. November 2018 / 12:56

      You could try using lemon juice instead.
      Xoxo,
      Bianca ❤️

  6. natalia
    30. November 2018 / 22:14

    Great recipe, that doesn’t require ingredients that are hard to find and not so complicated to make.
    The cake turned out just as good as a non vegan one,if not better :). Will totally make again.

    Vielen dank Bianka, for such an awesome recipe!

    • Bianca Zapatka 1. December 2018 / 16:59

      Hi Natalia,
      So glad that you like the recipe.
      Thank you for your lovely comment 😊
      Lots of love,
      Bianca ❤️

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