Black Forest Cupcakes: Posh 70’s Cakes

Recipe and photo credits-  Seasonal Berries

Black Forest Cupcakes: Posh 70’s Cakes. Black Forest Cupcakes anyone? Extra special!!

Remember those towering chocolate layer cakes served in posh hotels back in the 70s, this simplified cup cake version is just as delicious but much easier.

How To Make Black Forest Cupcakes: 

Makes 12

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes

Black Forest Cupcakes: Posh 70's Cakes



100 g (4 oz) soft margarine

100 g (4 oz) caster sugar

85 g (3½ oz) self-raising flour

15 g (½ oz) cocoa

2 medium eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


300 g (11 oz) British cherries, stalks and stones removed, fruit halved

2 tablespoons caster sugar

6 tablespoons water

1½ teaspoons cornflour

100 g (4 oz) butter, at room temperature

200 g (7 oz) icing sugar

1 tablespoon semi skimmed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons Kirsch, optional

Black Forest Cupcakes: Posh 70's Cakes

Black Forest Cupcakes Method:

1.) Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4.

2.) Separate 12 silver foil cake cases and arrange in the sections of a muffin tin.

3.) Add all the cake ingredients to a bowl and beat with a wooden spoon or an electric mixer until smooth.

4.) Divide spoonfuls between the foil cake cases, smooth the tops level then bake for about 15 minutes until well risen and the tops spring back when pressed with a fingertip.

5.) Transfer the cakes in their cases to a wire rack to cool completely.

6.) Meanwhile make the cherry topping by adding the cherries, sugar and 5 tablespoons of water to a saucepan, simmer gently for 5 minutes until the cherries begin to soften and the juices run.

7.) Mix the cornflour with the remaining tablespoon of water then stir into the cherries, increase the heat and cook, stirring until the sauce has thickened.

8.) Take off the heat and leave to cool.

9.) Beat the butter with half the icing sugar until smooth then gradually beat in the remaining sugar, milk and the vanilla, beating until very soft and smooth.

10.) Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle.

When Ready To Serve:

Skewer the top of the cakes and drizzle the kirsch over the top, if using.

Pipe a ring of butter-cream around the edge of each cake then carefully spoon the cherry mixture into the centre and arrange on a serving plate.

Black Forest Cupcakes: Posh 70’s Cakes. Recipe and photo credits-  Seasonal Berries

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Black Forest Cupcakes: Posh 70's Cakes
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Recipe and photo credits-  Seasonal Berries


  1. passion fruit, paws and peonies
    26 September 2018 / 17:31

    You must know I love Black Forest by now – hopping in the car – pop the kettle on! xx Maria

  2. Tatlı tarifleri
    16 August 2012 / 18:24

    i like it. i am tatlı tarifleri.

    • Clairejustine
      17 August 2012 / 07:27

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Only Best For Baby
    11 August 2012 / 09:54

    They look scrumptious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • 11 August 2012 / 19:52

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  4. Garden Tea Cakes and Me
    6 August 2012 / 18:23

    Looks simply beautiful and delicious 🙂

    • 10 August 2012 / 18:52

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  5. Tito Eric
    5 August 2012 / 22:41

    This is Food Photography at its best! Marvelous composition and the colors complement one another. You may have known about it already, but just in case not. As for the cupcake … my mouth is watering :)Cheers! Enjoy this splendid Monday morning.Tito Eric of Panglao Island

    • 10 August 2012 / 18:51

      Thanks for the comment,credits go to seasonal berries 🙂

  6. einfachtilda
    5 August 2012 / 21:04

    Ich werde hier schon immer vom Anschauen dick *ggg*..LG Mathilda

    • 10 August 2012 / 18:51

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  7. Winnie
    5 August 2012 / 20:32

    These cupcakes are sooooooooooo cuteI'll bet they're delicious as they look :)Pinned

    • 10 August 2012 / 18:50

      Thanks for the pinning Winnie 🙂

  8. Words Of Deliciousness
    5 August 2012 / 16:26

    This cupcake looks yummy. Such a beautiful photo.

    • 10 August 2012 / 18:49

      Thanks for the comment 🙂