Black Forest Dessert in a glass

Black Forest Dessert in a glass

By 28/11/2016

Black Forest is a classic cake which I had many times when I lived in Germany and Austria as a youngster.

The flavour of the cherries mixed with chocolate sponge and whipped cream makes this cake really moreish and delicious.

My sister made a Black Forest dessert-version in a glass for us which we enjoyed after our big sunday's roast dinner. We had roast beef with potatoes and radicchio from my dad's field which Laura brought over in her luggage.

She hardly had any clothes in her suitcase! Instead there was mainly food including panettone, pandoro and nougat for Christmas.  That is so very Italian 🙂 Of course I loved all the goodies which included one my favourites cookery magazine too. A good inspiration for Christmas recipes.

You can moisten the chocolate sponge with a liquor but you can use the juice of the cherries or even orange juice if you prefer an alcohol-free version.


  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 20 minutes
  • Yield : 2



You will need two glasses to assemble and serve your dessert.

In a bowl whip the eggs with the sugar until pale and creamy. Add the vanilla essence, the cocoa powder, the corn flour and the sifted plain flour. Stir the ingredients well together.

whipping eggs and cocoa

Pour the mixture onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. I have used a round mold measuring diameter 22 cm or 9 inch. Cook for 20 minutes at 160C or 320F .

When it is cooked let it cool down then with a round pastry cutter smaller than the diameter of your glass, cut out 4 disks.


Whip the cream to a firm consistency, grate or chop the chocolate with a knife

chopping chocolate

Put 3 cherries at the bottom of each glass

Cherries in glass

Put one chocolate disk on top of the cherries and moisten it with some of the liquor or with the orange juice. Put some whipped cream on top, then cover with another moistened disk, more cream then add 2 cherries on top.

making black forest dessert

Sprinkle with grated chocolate and if you like pour a bit of cherry juice on top. Decorate with green leaves.

Black Forest Dessert

Black forest dessert bite


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12 Responses to Black Forest Dessert in a glass

  1. La cucina di Molly

    Che dolce goloso e invitante, molto bella e raffinata questa versione nel bicchiere, complimenti! Buona serata, baci!

  2. Chiara

    una splendida idea per un dessert da cenetta a lume di candela ! buona settimana Alida, un bacione !

  3. Balvinder

    Love these kind of desserts. Looks awesome!

    • Alida

      Thanks Balvinder x

  4. speedy70

    Un’idea golosissima questi bicchierini, perfetti anche per le feste!

    • Alida

      Si adesso con le feste dei bicchierini di dessert pronti in frigo stanno sempre bene.

  5. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    Black forest always takes me back to the 70’s! But the modern twists with the old flavours seem to have kept it very much up to date. Love the idea of making it in a glass. It reminds me of a black forest trifle I posted couple/three years ago. It was delicious! I had forgotten about it until I saw your dessert….. must make it again! x

    • Alida

      Yes a classic that never goes out of fashion. I love the combination of flavours in this dessert.

  6. elisabetta

    A black forest gateau is truly divine and so indulgent. Served in a glass it looks even more beautiful and tempting.

    • Alida

      Grazie cara x

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