A Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte in a jar.

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte in a Jar

It simply isn’t Halloween without watching Young Frankenstein at least once. While Doctor Frederick Frankenstein (that’s Fronk-en-steen) may not be partial to desserts, he does enjoy a nice schwarzwälder kirschtorte. What is schwarzwälder kirschtorte? You might know it as Black Forest cake. A classic dessert that pairs perfectly with an evening spent watching this classic film. But just like Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks put a spin on this classic spooky tale, I’ve put my own twist on this classic dessert. So grab your lab coats and an assistant, raid the kitchen cupboards, and bake up this diabolically delicious schwarzwälder kirschtorte in a jar.


A Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte in a jar.



To give you an idea of how ingrained this movie is in my Halloween traditions: I’ve been watching Young Frankenstein since I was in diapers. It’s one of those movies that I can recite from start to finish and manage to quote in everyday life. And seeing as how this year we tragically lost the brilliant Gene Wilder, I wanted to make something to celebrate this wonderful film. This abby-normal cake is decadent, sweet, tart, and creamy. What more could you ask for? It’s so delicious, it’ll make you want to dance.


A gif from Young Frankenstein.



A Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte in a jar.

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte in a Jar

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes



  • 18 8 oz glass jars

Chocolate Cake Layers

  • 1 Box Devil's Food cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 3 eggs

Cherry Filling

  • 4 cups sweet cherries fresh, canned, or frozen*
  • 1/2 cup sweet cherry juice OR 3 Tbsp Kirsch*
  • 1/4 cup water

Whipped Cream Frosting

  • 3 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup Confectioner's sugar
  • A few drops cherry flavoring or 1 Tbsp Kirsch optional*
  • 3 oz dark chocolate shaved


  1. Preheat the oven according to cake mix directions. Line two standard muffin tins with cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. Prepare the cake mix according to package directions, substituting the water with milk, the oil with melted butter, and adding an extra egg.
  3. Fill the cupcake liners with batter until 2/3 full. Bake cupcakes according to package directions. Allow to rest in muffin tins for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool.
  4. While the cupcakes bake, soak the chopped cherries in cherry juice or Kirsch for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain the cherries through a sieve over a bowl. Add the water to the juice to make a syrup and set aside.
  5. Prepare the whipped cream. Pour the cream into a large bowl and beat on high until soft peak form. Add the confectioner's sugar and cherry flavoring or Kirsch and continue to beat until stiff and spreadable. Scoop the whipped cream into a large pipping bag and refrigerate until ready to use.
  6. Remove the liners from the cupcakes and use a sharp knife to slice them through the middle.
  7. Place a slice of cupcake on the bottom of a clean 8 oz jar. Lightly brush the top of the cake with cherry syrup. Pipe a layer of whipped cream on top of the cake. Spoon a layer of chopped cherries on top of the whipped cream. Sprinkle shaved dark chocolate over the cherries.
  8. Continue to repeat this until the jar is full. You should be able to fit in 3 slices of cake. The top layer should be cake topped with whipped cream. Sprinkle the top with shaved dark chocolate and/or a cherry.
  9. Fill the remaining glass jars.

Recipe Notes

* The Great Cherry Conundrum *:
Traditionally, schwarzwälder kirschtorte is made with Kirsch, a cherry liqueur. If you don't drink alcohol or are making this for kids, simply use cherry juice and cherry flavoring instead.
If you use fresh cherries, you will needs 1/2 cup of sweet cherry juice to soak the chopped cherries in.
If you use cherries canned in juice, you do not have to let the cherries soak in cherry juice. Simply save 1/2 cup of the juice from the can for the syrup. Roughly chop the cherries.
If you use frozen cherries, save the juice that forms when they thaw for the syrup. Chop the thawed cherries and let them soak in the juice for 30 minutes. Strain the cherries over a bowl and save 1/2 cup of the juice.

The ingredients to make Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte.

Fresh devil's food cupcakes for Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte in a jar.

The chopped cherries and cherry syrup for Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte in a jar.

The whipped cream for Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte in a jar.

The shaved dark chocolate for Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte in a jar.

Placing a layer of devil's food cake brushed with cherry syrup in the jar.

Piping a layer of whipped cream on top of the devil's food cake.

Topping the whipped cream with a layer of cherries and dark chocolate shaivng.

A Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte in a jar.

A Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte in a jar.

A Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte in a jar.


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A Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte in a jar.


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Look how scrumptious that cake looks! Nobody could say no to that. Not even Frau Blücher. *neeeeeeigh* Now all you need is something to wash it down with. Perhaps some brandy, warm milk, ovaltine, or maybe a nice espresso. 😉


A gif from Young Frankenstein.



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A Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte in a jar.


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