• Cooking Time: 10-15
  • Servings: 8
  • Preparation Time:


This is a combination of several different recipes I came up with for a relatively easy (and delicious) version of this old-time German cake.


  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Vanilla
  • 2/3 Cups Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup sifted Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Cocoa
  • 6 Tbsp. clarified Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Kirsch (I was able to find "nips", so just bought two)
  • 1 Can dark Pitted Cherries (I got the kind in syrup,drained)
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream, whipped
  • 1/3 Cup Confectioners' Sugar
  • 1 Chocolate bar, shaved into curls
  • Maraschino Cherries, for garnish


  • Combine eggs, vanilla, and 2/3 cup sugar; beat with mixer 10 minutes at high speed.
  • Sift together flour and cocoa and fold into egg mixture.
  • Add melted butter, stirring just until mixed; do not over mix.
  • Pour into 3 greased and floured 6" round cake pans (or, use 2, 8" cake pans, if you don't care about the "torte" effect.)
  • Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven 10 to 15 minutes, or until sides start to pull away and tooth pick comes out clean.
  • Cool 5 minutes and turn out onto rack to cool thoroughly.
  • In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup sugar, and water. Bring to a boil and continue to boil for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool to lukewarm. Add Kirsch and sprinkle over cake layers.
  • Beat cream, add confectioners' sugar and a bit of vanilla or almond to flavor.
  • Frost one layer with cream, top with cherries, and if using 6" cakes, repeat.
  • Top with final layer, Frost with cream, garnish with maraschino cherries and shaved chocolate. Refrigerate till serving time.

Categories: Cake  Dessert  Fruit 
© 2006-2017 BakeSpace, Inc. All Rights Reserved