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Black Forest Gateau


Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte is so named because it contains Kirsch (Kirschwasser - a clear cherry schnapps) which is distilled in the black forest region of Germany.

‘Schwarzwälder Kirschwasser’ is a tradename.

For a truly authentic cake, cherries from the black forest area must be used, and the Kirsch must be distilled in the black forest.

The original recipe for the cake probably originates from Switzerland.


According to German guidelines for fine pastries, a black forest cherry cake must include the following ingredients:

> Chocolate sponge layers, the bottom layer can also be a sweet shortcrust pastry.

> Whipped cream or buttercream, or a combination of both.

> Cherries and Kirsch. The cherry spirit flavour must be noticeable.

> The gateau should be covered with whipped cream or butter cream and decorated with cream swirls, cherries and grated chocolate.



This black forest cake recipe uses a shortcrust pastry bottom because a sponge base can often be too moist to serve the cake properly.

Quantities for ingredients are for approximately 14 slices.


For the shortcrust pastry:

125g (1 cup) all-purpose strong bread flour.

10g (1 tablespoon cocoa powder) no instant product.

50g (1/4 cup) sugar.

1 pinch baking powder.

1 teaspoon vanilla sugar.

75g (1/3 cup) soft butter.

2 teaspoons Kirsch.


For the sponge:

4 eggs.

100g (1/2 cup) sugar.

100g (4/5 cup) all-purpose strong bread flour.

25g (3 tablespoons) cornstarch.

10g (1 tablespoon) cocoa.

1/2 teaspoon baking powder.

1 teaspoon vanilla sugar.

1 pinch cinnamon powder.


For the filling:

350g (12 oz) canned sour cherries.

250ml (1 cup) cherry juice.

2 tablespoons Kirsch.

2 full teaspoons arrowroot or cornstarch.

4 teaspoons sugar.

1 packet powdered gelatine.

3 tablespoons cold water.

800 ml (3 1/2 cups) whipping cream.

40g (3/8 cup) icing sugar.

1 teaspoon vanilla sugar.


For decoration:

Semi-sweet chocolate curls or shavings.



Preheat the oven and grease a 28 cm (11 in) springform pan.


Prepare the shortcrust pastry:

Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa into a mixing bowl, add butter, sugar, vanilla sugar and Kirsch.

Knead the dough either with your hands or with a hand mixer (kneading hook) for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth.

Roll out the dough and line the bottom of the springform pan, then prick the dough a few times with a fork. Bake in the preheated oven at 180°C/350°F for 15 minutes.

Remove the pastry immediately from the pan and let it cool on a wire rack. Clean the springform pan, grease the bottom and line with baking paper.


Prepare the sponge:

Break the eggs into a large mixing bowl, then use a handmixer at the highest speed and whisk the eggs until foamy.

Slowly sprinkle the sugar and vanilla sugar into the egg mixture while whisking.

Whisk for at least 2 minutes after the sugar is added. The egg mixture should be very fluffy and nearly white.

Sift and mix the flour and cornstarch, baking powder, cinnamon and cocoa, and stir into the egg mixture quickly.

Spoon the sponge dough into the prepared springform pan, flat the surface, and bake it for about 30 minutes at 180°C/350°F.

Remove the sponge from the oven, remove the ring from the pan and let the sponge cool.

Carefully peel off the baking paper and cut the sponge in half horizontally.


Prepare the filling:

Blend the arrow root/cornstarch with a little of the cherry liquid in a sauce pan, stir in the rest of the juice, and the 4 teaspoons sugar.

Heat the liquid until it boils, stir occasionally, and let it simmer for a minute, add the well-drained cherries (set some cherries aside for decoration) and remove from the oven.

When the mixture is cool add the Kirschwasser.

Soak the gelatine in the cold water for ten minutes, then warm it while stirring until the gelatine has dissolved. Let it cool.

Whip the cream until nearly stiff, add the gelatine, the sifted icing sugar and the vanilla sugar.

Continue whipping until the cream is very stiff.


Finishing touches:

Place the shortcrust pastry on a serving plate. Spread the cherries on the bottom layer, leaving 1 cm uncovered around the edge.

Add one-third of the cream and flatten with a cake spatula.

Place a sponge layer on top and press lightly. Spread half of the remaining cream and add the second sponge layer.

Fill a pastry bag (star-shaped nozzle) with 3 tablespoons of cream. Cover the entire cake, top and sides, with the remaining cream.

Decorate with cream swirls, place a cherry on each swirl, and sprinkle chocolate curls on the side and top of the cake.

Refrigerate the cake for at least 3 hours.


Guten appetite



Ø   GDP Regulations


General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)


GDPR became law in the UK on 25 May 2018 and replaced the Data Protection Act 1998.

Its purpose is to provide individuals with increased levels of data protection and privacy, which are required as changes

in business practice and advances in technology during recent years have introduced different ways of collecting and processing personal data.


GDPR expands the rights of individuals to know what, how and why their personal data is collected and processed

and gives them greater control by placing a range of new obligations on organisations to be more accountable for data protection.

Appropriate policies and procedures are required to ensure transparency, accountability, data privacy, security and individuals’ rights.

They apply to data stored in both hard copy (printed) and soft copy (PC) formats.


GDPR applies throughout the EU (and beyond) with the result that

businesses and organisations collecting, handling and storing personal data must comply with the Regulations, regardless of Brexit.


The Information Commissioner’s Office published guidance on how to prepare for GDPR compliance.

KFHS are working towards achieving full compliance and are also preparing some notes for Societies based on the guidance.

The notes will merely be basic guidelines which will highlight some of the most applicable points and will be made available on this web page.


GDPR requirements will apply to all types and all sizes of Societies who hold personal data about their members.

There are no exemptions and failure to comply could result in penalties being imposed, which could include large fines.


Most KFHS affiliated Societies do not need to register with the Information Commissioners Office, but as this requirement depends

 on how each club functions, Societies must therefore independently assess how GDPR affects them.

Irrespective of registration, if personal data is acquired and stored, all Societies should follow ‘best practice’ to achieve and maintain compliance.

Best practice includes, but is not limited to, undertaking a data audit, assessing the data held, publishing a Privacy Policy for all to read,

and obtaining documented consent from everyone whose personal data is held for legal and specified use.


As part of achieving full compliance, KFHS have published a Privacy Policy on our About KFHS web page.


For more information about how GDPR will better protect you and your personal data, please see:


The Information Commissioner’s Office has published a basic 12 steps guidance document:

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The Information Commissioner’s Office also provides much useful information in their

Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR):

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