I’m pretty sure this Black Forest Cupcakes Recipe would confuse my Oma for a bit…but then she’d tuck right in. Granted, cupcakes aren’t much of a German Thing. (Maybe we could call them Black Forest Törtchen…little cakes). So, why did I make them? You see… Black Forest Cake / Schwarzwälder Kirsch Torte is my daughter’s FAVORITE cake, and she wanted me to make it for her birthday party. This is all well and good, but her party was at the park. Transporting, cutting and serving a beautifully decorated cake to a playground was must more than I wanted to juggle. The solution? Cupcakes.
The kids (and their grown ups) LOVED them! And what’s not to love? Chocolate, cherries and a luscious whipped topping (to further Americanize the recipe, I added a bit of sugar to the Whipped Cream… you can leave this out). Every crumb was gone!
Black Forest Cupcakes Recipe
The Black Forest Cake, also known as the Black Forest Cherry Torte, is called the Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte in German. It did not get it’s name from the Black Forest of Legend and Fairy Tale, rather from the Kirschwasser, Kirsch Liquor used to flavor it. In the United States, it is seldom made with Kirsch…. in Germany, by law, it can’t be called a Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte without Kirsch. So… since I’m a law abiding person (who likes to add a punch to her baked goods)…. I’m using Kirsch.
Step By Step Instructions for Black Forest Cupcakes
Melt the Unsweetened Chocolate and Butter Together
Stir the Melted Chocolate and Butter until Smooth
Let Cool a few Minutes
Put the Dry Ingredients in a Stand Mixing Bowl- Combine
Add in Melted Chocolate, Eggs and Vanilla – It will look thick
Add the Boiling Water and Buttermilk
Take your time, and run it down the side of the mixing bowl so you don’t get splashed.
The batter will look thin.
I Use a Scoop to Fill the Cupcake Liners
About 2/3 full
Bake 20 Minutes
Let Cool on Rack
Scoop a Bit Out of the Top
Use a small scoop or a spoon- Brush or sprinkle with Kirsch
Fill the Cavity with Cherry Filling or Morello Cherries
2 to 3 Cherries should be enough
Cut a Bit From the Bottom of the Scooped Bit (Eat it)
This way it fits on over the cherries
Put the top back on.
Sprinkle or brush with Kirsch again if you want
Whip Cream and Sugar To Stiff Peak
If you prefer it without sugar, go ahead and make it without
Don’t over-whip and make butter
Pipe or Spread On the Whipped Cream
I use this piping bag–> Ateco Piping Bag
I leave a little space in the top for cherries… but you don’t have to
Drop a few Cherries or some Cherry Filling on Top
Shave Curls of Chocolate with a Vegetable Peeler
I do this onto a plate so they don’t go everywhere. But you can do this directly over the cupcakes
Then Sprinkle the Chocolate Shavings onto the Cupcakes
Warning, the heat from your hands will melt the shavings, so work fast