Black forest gateaux is a popular cake the world over, the red and black colours believed to be derived from the area’s national dress. Vegan Black Forest Cake (Addicted to Dates) combines layers of chocolate cake with plant cream and sweet cherries.
For recipes that use them, choose palm-oil-free vegan butter and make your own pastry. Keep these desserts away from pets, due to toxic ingredients like chocolate, nuts (and xylitol if used – just a few dropped crumbs can be lethal). Also keep fresh dough away from pets, as it can expand in the stomach.
The combination of chocolate and cherry is often made with Kirsch liqueur (if you want to be more artisan, try Friar Drinks Cherry Brandy (handcrafted in the West Country, this infuses fermented ripe cherries in oak-matured French brandy – you can also use it to make a Cherry Bakewell cocktail (mix 25ml each with apple juice and Amaretto, and serve with a wedge of lime and a cherry).
Silken Tofu Chocolate Cherry Mousse (Wholefood Soul Kitchen) is a nice simple version of the Black Forest flavour, without having to make a cake. It’s a nice light make-ahead dessert, which only takes 15 minutes.
Black Forest Ice Cream Cake (Addicted to Dates) is made with fresh cherries and chocolate, covered in a boozy cherry compote.
Easy Black Forest Cheesecake (Wholefood Soul Kitchen) is free from eggs and nuts, and can be made gluten-free. It uses little oil too, for a healthy treat. No oven required.
Vegan Black Forest Tart (Rainbow Nourishments) only has 7 ingredients. Very simple to make for your next dinner party. Also try Anthea’s recipe for Vegan Black Forest Trifle (a chocolate cake and custard, with macerated cherries and vegan whipped cream).