Black Forest Gateau

Black Forest GateauBarely, a week can pass without the baking of a cake in our house. Life, I feel, is too short not to eat it on a regular basis. So this weekend, as has become the tradition, saw the need to bake a cake.

I bake a lot of decadent cakes. Mostly because they make me feel powerful and victorious, like an apron-clad culinary soldier, placed in a flour filled battlefield – armed and ready for a challenge… well that, and I like to indulge in a slice of home-made cake often (much like the overwhelming majority of people I know, which does make me wildly popular).

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This Black Forest Gateau is the first cake created for the festive period, and one, I’m sure, will be making multiple appearances on my table this season. Being the first cake for Christmas, this Black Forest Gateau was required to be a super decadent affair that demanded an audience.

It consists of three dense, rich and surprisingly not too sweet layers of dark chocolate cake that are drenched in kirsch syrup, topped with macerated kirsch cherries, a fluffy mascarpone cream frosting, and a dark chocolate ganache… and then finally decorated with an abundant load of fresh fruits and a sprinkling of icing sugar.

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This Black Forest Gateau is definitely heavy on the kirsch liqueur, as it so rightfully should be– as it’s traditionally close to illegality in Germany to call a cake a ‘Black Forest’ if it doesn’t contain even a smidgen of kirsch.

With that in mind, fresh cherries are pitted and macerated in kirsch and sugar, until they have grown fat, soaking up all the flavour. The boozy cherries are then drained and nestled into the mascarpone cream, where their sweet juices sweetly seep into the fluffy frosting. The remaining kirsch syrup is then gently brushed over the cooling cakes to add an extra layer of flavour and moisture.

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This Black Forest Gateau is simple to create, yet an undertaking at the same time – each component is easy but undivided care and attention to each element is needed.

The process will leave your kitchen dusted in a sheet of cocoa powder, flour and icing sugar and stained with enough cherry juice to look like a (delicious) crime scene… but it also leaves you with a decadently rich, boozy and berry filled Black Forest Gateau, which is a justifiable reason alone.

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If I only could eat more piece of cake my whole life, it would be generously cut from this Black Forest Gateau. This cake demands an audience and is filled with decadence, nostalgia and ease – best served and devoured amongst friends, family or from experience, at midnight in front of the sparkle of Christmas tree lights, alone.

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This Black Forest Gateau is a rich, sublime and decadent affair - perfect for the holiday season. Make this cake now! And invite family & friends to avoid killing the entire thing yourself.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Serves: 1 (18 cm) Gateau
For the Dark Chocolate Cake:
  • 2 ½ cups (360 g) plain flour
  • ⅔ cup + 3 tbsp (40 g ) dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups (450 g) caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1⅓ cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (100 g / one stick) butter, melted
  • ⅔ cup + 3 tbsp boiling water
For the Cherries:
  • 500 g (16 oz) whole cherries, pitted
  • ½ cup kirsch liqueur
  • ½ cup caster sugar
For the Dark Chocolate Ganache:
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) dark chocolate
  • ½ cup thickened (heavy) cream
For the Mascarpone Cream Frosting:
  • 500 g (17.5 oz) mascarpone cheese
  • 6-8 tablespoons icing sugar
  • ⅔ cup + 3 tablespoons cup thickened (heavy) cream
For Decoration:
  • Fresh cherries, raspberries, blueberries and red currants
  • Icing sugar for sprinkling
For the Dark Chocolate Cake:
  1. Heat an oven to 180 C (350 F). Grease and line three 18 cm (7 inch) cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda and salt. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the sugar, eggs, sour cream, butter and hot water. Stir gently until the batter is uniform and smooth.
  4. Divide between the three prepared cake pans (the mixture should weigh a little over 1.2kg (42.3 oz) so roughly 400 g (14 oz) in each pan).
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes then let the cakes cool in their pans for 10 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack. Let the cakes cool completely before levelling any domed tops and assembling.
For the Cherries:
  1. Place the pitted cherries in a saucepan with kirsch and sugar. Bring to a light boil and then reduce temperature and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring carefully often, until the cherries have softened but are not reduced to mush.
  2. Strain the mixture, placing the cherries in one bowl and reserved syrup in another.
  3. Use the left over syrup to brush over the cooling cakes.
For the Dark Chocolate Ganache:
  1. Roughly chop the chocolate and place in a bowl.
  2. Bring the cream to a light simmer in a saucepan. Once at a simmer, pour the mixture over the chocolate. Leave for 2 minutes, and then stir until smooth and thick. Leave to cool completely at room temperature.
For the Mascarpone Cream Frosting:
  1. Beat the mascarpone and icing sugar until creamy. Add the cream and whip until thickened and spreadable, being carefully not to over whip and split the mixture.
For Assembly:
  1. Place the first cake layer on a serving platter or cake stand. Spread a thick layer of the mascarpone cream frosting on-top. Place half of the kirsch macerated cherries over the frosting and gently press in to indent.
  2. Place the second cake layer over the first and repeat the layering process as before.
  3. Top with the third and last cake layer. Spread a thick layer of ganache over the top. Decorate with fresh fruits and icing sugar. Before serving, set in a refrigerator for 15 minutes for an easier cut.
Loosely adapted from Lomelinos Cakes

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  • Reply Oriana August 28, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    I made this for my boyfriends birthday and it was a huuuuge success!! Incredibly moist and tasty! Will be my go-to BFC!!

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  • Reply Jayne Coney December 26, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    I made this for my husbands Christmas Day birthday, surrounded by a gingerbread village.
    The cake was absolutely delicious, although something went a bit squiffy with the filling. I think maybe i over mixed it. It still tasted amazing it just looked a bit weird.
    This is going on the favourites list.
    It also gave me an excuse to buy another cake tin so I could cook the three layers at once.

  • Reply Sandra Plazier November 10, 2015 at 2:23 am

    I was looking for The perfect Black Forrest recipe for my birthday, and wow this recipe truly excesseed my expectations. I baked half of the recipe as for a first attempt this weekend and turned out glorious! Thank you so much for the recipe !

  • Reply Irene July 9, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Black Forest is my hubby’s favorite cake and with cherry season being full on I decided to give it a go. After a failed attempt at gordon ramsay’s black forest recipe, I was just about ready to give up (so many hours pitting cherries, wasted!) but then I found this decadent looking thing on your site. I made it and it came out as perfect and decadent as it looks in your pics. It’s now not only my go-to black forest recipe, it’s now also my go-to chocolate cake and frosting recipe too. Can’t wait for another baking occasion to wow my friends – Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply thalia July 9, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      Glad that you love it as much as I!

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  • Reply FoodGeekGraze June 2, 2015 at 4:32 am

    i could not wait until my birthday, thalia… last week found me with my head stuck in a bowl of cherries that were ridiculous amazing in quality. i went back to the market and grabbed more so i could make this cake. i shared “some” with my neighbors. please know that i use the word, “some” very, very, very loosely here.

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    yes, i freaked over it this much ~

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  • Reply FoodGeekGraze May 8, 2015 at 9:20 am

    i just spent a few hours watching the end of mkr and the beginning of masterchef au. every year i tell myself australian home cook competitions put the ones we are offered here in the usa to shame; the production value and skill levels shared are nothing less than mind blowing. this post, thalia… your own bakes, thalia… are also a constant feed of mind blowing. there must be something really cool in your water to have such extreme examples of home cook brilliance, yeah? 🙂

    since the age of 13th, i have requested or set about making something “black forest” for my birthday. this year, i will attempt to make this 5star sinfully chic presentation. i am over the moon grateful. best~

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    My birthday is this Thurs. Feb. 12th. Can I request you make this cake for me, please? 🙂

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    Simplesmente maravilhoso, delicioso, de salivar, comer com os olhos!!!!!!!!

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  • Reply Mary | chattavore December 24, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Would you please make this and bring it by my house? It’s beautiful and looks delicious!

  • Reply peter @feedyoursoultoo December 22, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    This is so totally decadent!

  • Reply Joscelyn | wifemamafoodie December 21, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    This looks heavenly, Thalia! I’m a sucker for all things chocolate and smothered in mascarpone cream cheese frosting?! I need to make this TODAY!

  • Reply jackie {The Beeroness} December 19, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Oh my god. That looks insane. and I LOVE mascarpone frosting.

  • Reply Kelley @ Chef Savvy December 17, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    This cake look absolutely amazing! I love the addition of the cherries and liquor! Yumm

  • Reply Muna Kenny December 17, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Oh my! This is a gorgeous gorgeous cake.

  • Reply Sweet and Savoury Pursuits December 17, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Oh my goodness, incredible cake. And the pictures are just beautiful!

  • Reply Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog December 17, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Wow, what a showstopper! LOVE this cake!

  • Reply Summer B December 15, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    And you ARE a culinary apron clad soldier, indeed! Or perhaps a flour wielding Picasso of sorts — for this is ART. So beautiful in all of it’s height and fruit piled glory!


  • Reply Danielle | Krafted Koch December 15, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    This cake looks epic, talk about a show-stopper! I am pretty sure I would be in heaven if someone made this for me.

  • Reply Omar @ Lands & Flavors December 15, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Mon Dieu… or more appropriately, Mein Gott…
    Beautiful cake and photos, Thalia. This is a real stunner!

  • Reply Michelle December 15, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Gorgeous! And, I love Black Forest Cake.

  • Reply Dearna @tohercore December 14, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Oh wow! Im not normally a big cake fan, but THIS looks incredible! It looks moist, and dense and I love the different flavours like the liqueur-soaked berries. Beautifully styled too Thalia – so stunning!

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  • Reply Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen December 14, 2014 at 12:21 am

    WOW!!! WHAT A CAKE! Okay done shouting haha. This cake looks absolutely stunning and divine Thalia!!! Pinning pinning pinning!!!

  • Reply Anna @ Sunny side ups December 13, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Oh my word. This cake looks absolutely divine! That filling…oh yum. my mouth is watering already! Just irresistibly delicious!

  • Reply December 13, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Wow Thalia, just WOW! That is one spectacular cake! Simply gorgeous

  • Reply Mir December 12, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    WOW, Thalia! This gateau is something else. And such amazing pictures, too! I need to spend about a month in your kitchen eating everything.

  • Reply Jessica | A Happy food dance December 12, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Oh my gawd! What a gorgeous cake – and cake at least once a week in your kitchen, can I move in?!

  • Reply Ella-HomeCookingAdventure December 12, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Oh my.. it looks out of this world.. Love , love love it:)

  • Reply Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry December 12, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Stunning cake and then some. Please move to my neck of the woods.

  • Reply Amrita @ December 12, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Thalia, this is a darn work of art!!!! You have AMAZING skills, all your posts never fail to blow me away. Wow! Just look at that gooey chocolate, gracefully dripping off the edge of the cake. Died and went to chocolate heaven!

  • Reply Evi @ greenevi December 12, 2014 at 9:29 am

    I don’t even know, what to say, this cake looks like a dream, amazing! Great job, Thalia!

  • Reply Lucy Parissi December 12, 2014 at 8:21 am

    What a stunner! I want a large slice of that boozy masterpiece… I love the dark shiny chocolate and cherries. A showstopper for sure.

  • Reply Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish December 12, 2014 at 1:26 am

    I love how you start the post with this warning, “This Black Forest Gateau is definitely heavy on the kirsch liqueur” 🙂 and my answer is, “twist my arm!” LOVE this gateau, Thalia. XO

  • Reply Kathy @ olives & garlic December 11, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    You are the queen of beautiful desserts.

    • Reply thalia December 12, 2014 at 3:54 am

      Your TOO kind Kathy! x

  • Reply Chineka @ Savor the baking December 11, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    What a gorgeous cake. Between the frosting, syrup, and the cherries it’s stunning.

  • Reply Marissa December 11, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Thalia, you have knocked me out twice this week. First with those oatmeal cookie sandwiches (which I’m making this weekend) and then this stunningly gorgeous cake!! Please, please just keep on doing what you do so well…love your blog.

    • Reply thalia December 12, 2014 at 4:00 am

      Thanks for all the continued support Marissa, do let me know how they turn out!

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking with Cakes December 11, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I am BLOWN away by this cake, it is absolutely stunning!!!! Taking so much inspiration from this you don’t even know, simply gorgeous Thalia!

  • Reply Amanda December 11, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    This cake is stunningly gorgeous!!! AMAZING!!!

  • Reply Cook-Taste-Live December 11, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    I love everything about this post! The cake is stunning and looks so delicious! Your pictures are beautiful and I just love your props (all of them 😀 !!)

  • Reply Emily December 11, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    whoa, how perfectly messy and elegant at the same time. You are amazing! I want to eat this right now!

  • Reply Charlene @ THAT GIRL COOKS HEALTHY December 11, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Wow………..Chocolate heaven!

  • Reply Shibi@FlavzCorner December 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    I am not sure how can one deny a piece of this decadent cake!!! Its so delectable that the look of it make you drool, literally drool…

  • Reply dina December 11, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    oh wow what a gorgeous cake!

  • Reply Mira December 11, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    This is so rich ad beautiful looking Thalia! Well done! Would love to dig into it now…

  • Reply Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen December 11, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Your black forest cake looks absolutely mind blowingly GOOD! It needs to be in a store window of some fancy boulangerie in Paris!! I want to sink my teeth into right now with a side of coffee! YUM! Pinned 🙂

  • Reply Amy December 11, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Wow Thalia, you’ve really outdone yourself, this cake is exquisite! My mouth is watering!

  • Reply Gourmet Getaways December 11, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Guess you nailed the Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte! You’ve been making beautiful cakes! Love ’em all, Thalia!!!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  • Reply Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ December 11, 2014 at 8:28 am

    I would definitely feel very very proud if I baked such a beautiful cake! This must go under the definition of “decadent dessert” par excellence.

  • Reply Beeta @ Bee & Co. December 11, 2014 at 7:16 am

    wow, this cake looks absolutely gorgeous! I will definitely be whipping up one of these for the season. Thanks for sharing! xo

  • Reply Meagan @ The F&B Department December 11, 2014 at 6:25 am

    This cake is PERFECT in every way. Pinned!

  • Reply Marina December 11, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Mouth watering! Drooling!

  • Reply Kelly - Life Made Sweeter December 11, 2014 at 4:10 am

    This cake is just stunning, Thalia!!! I literally had to pick my jaw up from the floor – it looks beyond delicious! Love it!

  • Reply Janelle December 11, 2014 at 4:05 am

    Gorgeous! This looks fantastically beautiful!

  • Reply Kathleen | hapanom December 11, 2014 at 3:30 am

    Wow! Seriously….WOW! This cake is absolutely stunning! Of course, all of your stuff is drop-dead gorgeous – I don’t know how you do it! You’re amazing!

  • Reply Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron December 11, 2014 at 3:08 am

    This is quite possibly the most gorgeous cake I’ve ever seen! I have a real soft spot for black forest cake, love love love the cherries especially! Great job, you culinary warrior 🙂

  • Reply Liz December 11, 2014 at 2:58 am

    Whoa, what a beauty!! Truly an exquisite cake!

  • Reply marcie December 11, 2014 at 2:42 am

    This cake should make you feel like a culinary soldier, and you won the battle with this masterpiece! This is so elegant and looks equally delicious. Pinned!

  • Reply Christina @ Bake with christina December 11, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Oh my god what a seriously beautiful cake!! I can hear my stomach growling just looking at it! Pinned!

  • Reply Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire December 11, 2014 at 1:33 am

    Is it bad that I want to live in this cake? Those berries…. that cream.. and oh look at the chocolate. I wish I had this cake in front of my right now!

  • Reply Nora @ Savory Nothings December 10, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Wow Thalia, just WOW!

  • Reply Simona December 10, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Wow! This cake looks amazing!

  • Reply Adri December 10, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Oh my, but what a stunning finish to a holiday meal. You have outdone yourself this time!

  • Reply Aysegul - Ice December 10, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    I literally want to reach into the screen and grab a piece of it. What a beautiful cake you made. I am so loving all the Christmas baking currently happening in the blogosphere.

  • Reply rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) December 10, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Oh, am I allowed this for breakfast – absolutely divine – just my sort of dessert/cake!

  • Reply Nadine December 10, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Wow, this cake is crazy Thalia! Could we swap? I give a part of my Spaghetti Bolognese and you give me a piece of that delicious cake? 🙂 Nadine

  • Reply Amy | Club Narwhal December 10, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Oh, have sweet mercy, Thalia! This is one gorgeous cake and looks like a true labor of love. Chocolate and cherries is the best kind of pairing 🙂

  • Reply Ashley | The Recipe Rebel December 10, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    This cake is STUNNING. LOVE the dark chocolate and juicy cherries!

  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice December 10, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I’m in awe of this cake, Thalia! It looks so amazing! This definitely needs to be in the store window of a bakery! 🙂 Love the dark chocolate ganache and filling. Sounds incredible!

  • Reply Sarah | Broma Bakery December 10, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Oh yes. Oh yes. And if you have a cake in your house, uh all the time, I would like to come over please. 🙂

  • Reply Cheryl December 10, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    You definitely deserve to feel like a culinary warrior with a cake like this! It’s like taller than my dog. Amazing! Looks so so good

  • Reply Traci | Vanilla And Bean December 10, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    You always inspire me, Thalia. And this pastry masterpiece is no different. But, I must say, if I had cake in my house every week, I’d just have to accept the fact that only a bite or two would make it past my lips. However, the sheer joy and fun of making such a work of art is worth the agonizing reserved desire to eat every last crumb! All the components, the presentation, the artistry and the kirsch!? WANT!!!!

  • Reply Meinhilde December 10, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I make Black Forest Kuechen for my German mother every year for her birthday, but always with billows of whipped cream. Next year I definitely want to try your mascarpone cream filling!

  • Reply The Blonde Chef December 10, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Ok, I just saw this on Food Gawker and had to click over! How gorgeous is this cake, Thalia? I seriously need an occasion to make this because it is stunning!

  • Reply Claudia @Breakfast Drama Queen December 10, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    This is amazing!!! It’s no surprise you’re wildly popular 😀

  • Reply Susie Gall December 10, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Okay – you really must stop now – I’ve gained enough weight already and I blame you:-) Seriously, Thalia, this cake is stunning and the recipe looks divine. Thanks so much for sharing your creation.

  • Reply Annie+@+ciaochowbambina December 10, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    This cake takes the cake!! I can imagine this on our holiday dessert table! A girl can dream!

  • Reply Vera December 10, 2014 at 11:58 am

    This cake is amazing! I love Black Forest Gateau and a variation on this cake made with sour cherries was my birthday cake two years ago.
    I like that you start with fresh cherries and macerate them yourself – most recipes I found use bottled stuff which can never be as delicioius!

  • Reply Jasmin December 10, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Oh my, a boozy cake – I’ll bet all people was singing and dancing after tasting it 😉
    Now seriously – this cake is visually perfect to me; it reminds me more on the contemporary sculpture, than a dessert… lovely 🙂

  • Reply Natalia December 10, 2014 at 10:39 am

    This is just simply gorgeous and the pictures are breathtaking!!

  • Reply Nagi {REcipetin eats} December 10, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Stunning as always Thalia! Truly looks so decadent and I can’t help but wonder WHY you are thinking of being a lawyer when it seems obvious to me that you’re destined to be the next Zumbo!

  • Reply Howie December 10, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Wow, these are probably my favorite photos from your website so far. Maybe it’s also because of the cake. Chocolate and cherries are just such a great combination!

  • Reply Tasbih @ Cleobuttera December 10, 2014 at 8:03 am

    My oh my what a beauty! This is prettiest black forest cake I’ve ever seen. I’m drooling at the sight of the oozing filling and glossy dripping ganache.

  • Reply Shinee December 10, 2014 at 5:30 am

    My jaw dropped when I came to this post! What a delicious beauty, Thalia!

  • Reply Connie @ Sprig and Flours December 10, 2014 at 4:47 am

    Thalia, this looks divine! You have such an amazing talent! Pinned!

  • Reply Malinda @countrysidecravings December 10, 2014 at 4:47 am

    Wow this looks wickedly good!!

  • Reply Savita @ ChefDeHome December 10, 2014 at 3:40 am

    What a delicious looking cake! It has all elements I love in a cake – cherries, chocolate and more chocolate! pinned!!

  • Reply Alyssa @ My Sequined Life December 10, 2014 at 3:14 am

    Thalia this cake is GORGEOUS!! And on top of it looks positively delicious. Definitely deserving of being the centerpiece on a dessert table!! Pinning. 🙂

  • Reply Jessie @ Straight to the Hips, Baby December 10, 2014 at 2:22 am

    This is just outstanding. Truly amazing. I am sitting here with my jaw hanging open (and maybe drooling slightly… maybe). This is a favorite dessert of mine, totally going into my ‘save’ section!

  • Reply David @ Spiced December 10, 2014 at 12:49 am

    I am sitting here reading this post/recipe, and I’m pretty sure I just caught myself drooling. This is one of the most amazing cakes I’ve seen, Thalia! I think I need to race to my kitchen right now and create a (delicious) crime scene. 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers December 10, 2014 at 12:08 am

    You have the ability to render me absolutely speechless with your creations. Absolutely beautiful!!

  • Reply Tessa | salted plains December 9, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Thalia, this is gorgeous! I have never had kirsch but this sounds like the best way to try it! Definitely a perfect Christmas dessert.

  • Reply Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen December 9, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Wow, this is one showstopper of a cake! That mascarpone frosting looks incredible. What a perfect cake for the holidays!

  • Reply Chichi December 9, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    OMG, this looks so so amazing. I almost licked my screen.

  • Reply Nora (A Clean Bake) December 9, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    This cake is stunning! It is as beautiful as it is decadent and I’m sure it tastes twice as good 🙂

  • Reply fanny December 9, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    OH.MY.GOD!!!!!! Please feed me!

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