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{Flourless} Black Forest Brownie Cake

Adapted from Martha Stewart

Flourless Black Forest Brownie Cake ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #flourless #brownie #cherry #cake #recipe

My gluten free friend Kelly and I have a deal. She brings me the ingredients and I bake for her. This year, she bought 20 lb. of fresh sweet cherries from the Fruit Club and promised to share them with me if I would bake her something with them. She found this recipe and asked me which ingredients I needed to make it. Most of the ingredients in this cake are very basic: chocolate, eggs, sugar … yep, I’ve got all that. The only thing I didn’t have was the cherries and the cherry brandy.

One morning I came into work and there, on my desk, was a big bag full of cherries and a brown paper bag with a bottle of cherry brandy in it. I took it home and found time to bake up Kelly’s Black Forest Brownie Cake. As I whipped the eggs for the batter, I noticed it kept growing and growing and kinda wondered along the way what kind of stuff Martha was smoking when she made this. There was NO way all that batter was going to fit in an 8-inch springform pan! I filled my 8-inch one 3/4 full and then got out my little 4 inch one too and filled that one quite a ways up too. They both poofed up even more while baking, above the top of the pan, so if I hadn’t split up the batter, I would have had a HUGE mess on my hands! (They do fall a bit after baking, but still, they need room to expand first!)

The other thing I thought is there wasn’t ANYWHERE near enough cherry sauce for all that cake. I would seriously recommend doubling the cherry sauce. It is fabulous–I made a second batch of the sauce, just because it was SO good.

After trying a slice of this decadent chocolate cake with the fabulous cherry sauce and a bit of light whipped cream, I took the rest of the cakes into work to give to Kelly. I didn’t realize she had special plans for this cake. She wanted to take it to her dad, who’s been very ill in the hospital. I hope it brought a little smile to his heart.

{Flourless} Black Forest Brownie Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 1 8-inch cake + 1 4-inch cake

{Flourless} Black Forest Brownie Cake


    For the brownie cake:
  • 6 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate or 4 oz. baking chocolate + 2.5 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
  • 13 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs - 3 separated, 1 whole
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the cherry sauce:
  • 1 pound fresh sweet cherries
  • 7 Tablespoons cherry brandy
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 - 3 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • For serving: whipped light cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 F. Spray a large springform pan with cooking spray (or one 8-inch + 1 3-inch pan) and set aside.
  2. Break up the chocolate into pieces and put in a microwaveable bowl with the butter. Microwave on high for 90 seconds, then stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds and stir again. Repeat until all the butter and chocolate are melted. Set aside.
  3. Get a large and a medium mixing bowl out. Separate the eggs, putting 6 egg whites in the medium bowl and 1 whole egg plus 3 egg yolks in the large bowl.
  4. Add 1/3 cup sugar to the egg whites in the medium bowl and beat them until they are stiff and shiny, about 4 minutes.
  5. In the large mixing bowl, beat the rest of the sugar, 3 egg yolks and whole egg with the vanilla extract with an electric mixer on high for about 5 minutes. The mixture should be thick and creamy and light yellow in color.
  6. Gently fold the melted chocolate into the large bowl with the egg yolk mixture, then fold in the egg whites. Pour the batter into the prepared pan(s), making sure to only fill the pans 2/3 - 3/4 full because this cake will rise while baking. Set the pans in the oven and bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until the top is crackly and the middle is of the cake is set.
  7. While the cake is baking, make the cherry sauce: pit the cherries with a cherry pitter or cut them sideways and pull the stems and pits out. Set the cherries in a medium saucepan with the brandy and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes or until the cherries start to soften and release their juices. In a small bowl, whisk the water with the cornstarch and add in a thin stream to the cherry mixture, stirring constantly. Cook a few more minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture starts to thicken. If it gets too thick, add more brandy or water to thin. Stir in the vanilla.
  8. Serve slices of the cake with the cherry sauce and whipped cream on top.


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12 Responses

  1. Okay–this is a keeper. YUM I love black forest anything. The recipe sounds amazing.

    July 22, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    • Ann

      Sherron it is so good! you’re going to love it 🙂

      July 22, 2014 at 10:54 pm

  2. Beverley

    We love Black Forest Cake in our home but this takes it to a new level xoxo

    July 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    • Ann

      Oh it does, seriously! I hope you try it 🙂

      July 22, 2014 at 10:53 pm

  3. Wow this looks amazing! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

    July 25, 2014 at 11:40 am

    • Ann

      Thanks for the invite! I love a good party … yes, I’ll be over. 🙂

      July 25, 2014 at 1:06 pm

  4. I adore black forest cake! This looks great. I found this delicous looking recipe on City of Creative Links Party and I would be thrilled if you would come share this one on my recipe link party The Yuck Stops Here as well. This week’s party doesn’t end until Sunday at 8pm ET, but if you can’t make it before then, come by next week starting Tuesday evening at 8pm ET to share! You can always find us on my blog, Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos. Hope to see you there! HUGS

    July 25, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    • Ann

      Thanks so much, Cheryl! What’s the link to your party?

      July 26, 2014 at 4:02 pm

  5. These flourless black forest brownies looks great!

    August 1, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    • Ann

      They ARE wonderful! Thank you 🙂

      August 1, 2014 at 9:03 pm

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