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Easy Black Forest Gateau Cake Recipe

8:00 AMC Riches

Easy Black Forest Gateau Cake Recipe -

When it comes to desserts I'm a cake kinda gal.

And no self-respecting party or family get-together should go without some form of cake - homemade, shop-bought...or my fav, a combination of the too! ;)

That's why this super drool-worthy but mega easy Black Forest Gateau is perfection for Thanksgiving (or any other time of year!) 

You see, when it comes to cakes, I'm a tad impatient and tend to want to skip ahead to the decorating (the FUN!) part. So I often cheat a little along the way and use cake mixes to speed up the process.

Easy Black Forest Gateau Cake Recipe -

Lately (and if you follow me on Instagram) you'll have noticed my go-to frosting of choice for speed and taste is Mascarpone cheese. 

It's quick, pipes beautifully and lends itself to any flavorings you wanna add to complement your cake. No need to say it's super speedy too, but I'll say it anyways...
Easy Black Forest Gateau Cake Recipe -

So, if you wanna impress your entourage with a reeeeally pretty, yummy cake to make this Thanksgiving, but pastry chef you are not, and/or would rather spend your time eating the cake rather than faffing over frosting techniques and piping bags...then this is the recipe for you, my friend! ;)

Easy Black Forest Gateau Cake Recipe -

Easy Black Forest Gateau Cake Recipe


* 1 box of dark chocolate cake mix
* 250 g tub of Mascarpone cheese
* 3-4 tablespoons of icing or confectioner sugar sifted
* 1 jar of pitted cherries (darker and plumper varieties like Morello are best) in thick syrup
* 6-8 tablespoons of Kirsch or cherry liqueur (optional)
* Grated chocolate for decor
Easy Black Forest Gateau Cake Recipe -

1) Bake the cake according to packet instructions. Let it cool overnight in the fridge for easy cutting.

2) The following day, cut the cake into 3 parts with a serrated knife. At this stage you can also add a little (a tablespoon or so) liqueur or cherry syrup to each layer, but it's optional if you're serving kids.

3) Mix the cheese with 3 tablespoons of the liqueur if using, and sweeten with 3-4 tablespoons of sugar. 

4) Place a cake layer onto your cake stand and fill with a third of the cheese filling and add a few cherries on top. 

5) Repeat until you get to the top layer. Decorate with more cherries, grated chocolate and cherry tree leave (optional).

Easy Black Forest Gateau Cake Recipe -

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  1. This is a beautiful cake, definitely wanna try this recipe!

    1. If you make it, share photos with us!! We LOVE to see it! :)

  2. It really is, Chris! So easy too ;)

  3. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at the #RecipeSharingParty! I hope to see you next week. Pinned and Yummed. Please visit #OverTheMoon on Sunday, #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings for more sharing fun! Don't forget to Comment your link #'s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured!

  4. This cake looks almost too good to eat...almost :) You're my feature tomorrow at Welcome Home Wednesdays. Congrats. See you there!

  5. Sounds delicious and what a beautiful presentation!

  6. I just pinned your amazing thanksgiving dessert! Your post is awesome and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. This looks SO good! Can't wait to feature you at Inspire Me Monday this week! :-)


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