Black forest cherry dessert recipe

By Angela Boggiano

  1. Serves 4
  2. Takes 10 minutes to make, plus cooling
  3. Rating

All the wonderful flavours of cherries, brandy and chocolate in an instant dessert. Serve with roasted fish with bean and herb salad and Roast Parmesan and Mustard new potatoes for a menu for four that will only cost £5 a head.

tried and tested
Black forest cherry dessert


  1. 250g fresh or frozen cherries
  2. 2 tbsp icing sugar
  3. 3 tbsp cherry brandy, brandy, kirsch or any fruit liqueur
  4. 200g chocolate sponge cake or 4 chocolate muffins
  5. 250ml good-quality vanilla ice cream
  6. 50g plain chocolate, roughly grated


  1. 1. Place the cherries in a pan with the sugar and brandy or liqueur. Cook gently over a medium heat for 5-6 minutes until the cherries are softened but still hold their shape. Remove from the heat and cool.
  2. 2. Slice the cake into 4 pieces, then divide among serving bowls or cups. Spoon over half of the juice from the cherries, then top with scoops of ice cream, the cherries and more juice. Finish with the grated chocolate.

Nutritional info

Per serving: 462kcals, 18.8g fat (11.3g saturated), 6.6g protein, 64.3g carbs, 49g sugar, 0.4g salt

Chef's tip

Frozen cherries already have their stones removed, however, if you’re using fresh cherries make sure you let your guests know that they still have the stones in.


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October 13

I have completed your favourite pudding survey but have to say that my own real favourites - lemon meringue pie, blackberry and apple crumble with clotted cream and black cherry cheesecake- were not on your list! Love the magazine so keep it coming. Kind regards.

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