Black Forest Gateaux

Chrissie’s Greedy Gob

Serve to all your favourite family and friends and watch their happy little faces!



  1. Chocolate sponge:
  2. 1 1/4 cups flour
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  5. 1 tsp baking soda
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 1 cup warm water
  8. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  9. 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  10. 1 tsp distilled white or apple cider vinegar
  11. Cherry filling:
  12. 3/4 cup sugar
  13. 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  14. 1 dash salt
  15. 1/3 cup cherry liqueur or water if you do not want to include alcohol
  16. Two tins of cherries, drained
  17. Cream filling:
  18. Non-dairy whipping cream (Soyatoo whipping cream is available from US or UK online stores)

Serve to all your favourite family and friends and watch their happy little faces!


Chocolate sponge:

  • Mix all the dry ingredients together well, add in the wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Divide the mixture between the two 8 inch round baking tins.
  • If you want a towering cake, double the sponge mixture recipe and divide between three baking tins.
  • Cook for 25 – 30 mins at 200/400 degrees or gas mark 6 and check by poking the cakes with a small knife or toothpick. If the knife or toothpick doesn’t come out clean, put back in the oven for 5 mins at a time until the poke test comes out clean.
  • Leave the sponges to cool when done.

Cherry filling:

  • Heat the sugar, cornstarch and salt in a pan.
  • Stir in the cherry liqueur or water.
  • Then add the cherries and cook until the mixture thickens. It can be a little runny as the juice can soak into the bottom sponge.
  • You can save the drained cherry juice and add some cherry liqueur to make some lovely sweet shots to go with the cake!

Cream filling:

Soyatoo whipping cream is available from US or UK online stores.

  • Just keep whipping these until they are as thick as you can get – using an electric whisk is best, otherwise you might be whisking all day!

To assemble!

  • Place the cherry filling over the first sponge and let the juice soak in.
  • If you have only one more sponge, place the cream on top of the cherries. If you have two more, place the next sponge on top of the cherries and then layer the cream on top of that.
  • Place the last layer of sponge on the cream.
  • On the top, you can go crazy with all cream, or cream around the edge of the top sponge and some cherries in the middle.
  • Garnish with your choice of glacé cherries, chocolate shavings or maybe chocolate chips!


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