Black Forest Inspired Chocolate Cherry Semolina Cake

As the title suggests, the idea for this cake comes from the German Black Forest Cake, a cake that contains several chocolate layers, cherries, whipped cream and some kind of cherry liquor I have never heard of.

Black Forrest Inspired CakeCocoa semolina layers, cherries and cherry jelly, whipped cream and chocolate flakes…

It was some kind of experiment, but I am really pleased with the outcome. This recipe does not require sugar and even though there’s a lot of whipped cream and chocolate involved the whole cake has only ca. 1900 kcals.

And I am not ashamed to admit that two people ate the whole cake in just one afternoon! 🙂

Ok, so here’s how it’s done:


  • put whipped cream in the fridge
  • grease a 16-cm springform pan with margarine
  • preheat oven to 180°C/350°F


two cocoa semolina layers, each containing

  • 80g semolina
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 10g cocoa
  • 80g applesauce
  • 80g cherry juice (I used the liquid in which the cherries were pickled)
  • sweetener of choice to taste (optional)
  • margarine for greasing the springform pan

for filling and decoration

  • 200-300g pickled sweet cherries
  • 200 ml cherry juice
  • 10-15 g pectin
  • 1/2 teaspoon citric acid
  • 300 ml whipped cream (I used Soyatoo)
  • 2 packages whipped cream stabilizer (16g)
  • 40g chopped dark chocolate


  • in a bowl mix semolina, baking soda and cocoa
  • add applesauce and cherry juice
  • add sweetener (optional)
  • stir thoroughly, then pour dough into a greased springform pan, shake a little until surface is even
  • let semolina soak for 10 minutes

black forest inspired cakethe dough of the first layer before baking

  • put the springform pan in the preheated oven and bake for 10-15 minutes (do the toothpick test do check if cake is done)
  • once the cake is done, remove it from the oven, let cool off for a couple of minutes and then take it out of the pan and put it on a plate
  • clean the springform pan, grease it again and bake the second cake layer just the same way

black forrest inspired cake

the second layer after baking

  • after removing the second cake from the springform pan, put the springform pan on the first cake, which should have cooled off completely by now (don’t use the bottom of the pan, only the round thing – we need it to keep the jelly from flowing off); I flipped the cake layer upside down, as the bottom side was tighter towards the edge
  • cut the cherries in half; cover the top of the first layer that is now inside the springform with the cherries

black forrest inspired cake
the upside-down cake layer inside the springform pan, coverd with cherries

  • put 200ml cherry juice in a pot, stir in pectin and citric acid
  • boil up and let simmer for a couple of minutes
  • remove pot from the oven and let cool off for just a little – don’t let the jelly get firm though
  • pour cherry juice jelly over the cherries in the springform pan
  • let cool off, then put in the fridge until the jelly is firm

black forrest inspired cake
the first cake layer with cherries and cherry jelly

  • in the meantime, whip cream and add two packages of whipped cream stabilizer
  • put the whipped cream in the fridge  for at least two hours
  • then take the cake with the firm cherry jelly and the whipped cream out of the fridge
  • put the second cake layer on top of the cherry jelly
  • now remove the springform pan
  • cover the whole cake with whipped cream

black forrest inspired caketwo cake layers with cherries an cherry jelly in between, whipped soy cream about to cover it

  • sprinkle cake with plenty of chopped chocolate
  • put some cherries on top for decoration
  • if you are patient, put the cake in the fridge for an hour, if not… eat right away 🙂

black forrest inspired cakeok, so I am apparently not good at decorating cakes… but I swear, it was delicious!

If you cut this cake into 8 pieces, it’s only 240 kcals for a piece, which is not that bad if you consider all the whipped cream and chocolate.

And did I mention we ate the whole cake in one afternoon?

black forrest inspired cakeVery yummy!

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