Black Forest Desserts

  • 20MINS
  • 12MINS
  • 305KCAL

Impress your guests with our slimmed down version of the retro classic dessert – the perfect ending to any festive dinner.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories305
  • Carbs28g
  • Protein13g
  • Fat16g
  • Saturates9.3g
  • Sugars21g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

A delicious Black Forest gateau was always a staple on our Boxing Day buffet table when we were younger.

Traditionally quite high in calories and Points, our slimmed down Black Forest Desserts have all of the flavours of the classic treat but without all of the added nasties.

Chocolate sponge layered with a rich chocolate dessert and cherries, this is the perfect end to any festive dinner and is guaranteed to impress your guests.

We’ve cooked our sponges in paper cases, but if you’d prefer then you could bake the sponge in a flat baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and use a cookie cutter to create the sponge circles.

If you want to make these desserts even more decadent, then simply brush the sliced sponges with some Kirsch. 2 tbsp split between all of the sponges will add an extra 11 calories to each dessert for a total of 316 calories per dessert – not bad for a rich, boozy Christmas treat!

Take the indulgence to another level by enjoying these Black Forest Desserts with a glass of Mulled Wine or a warming Eggnog Latte to end your Christmas dinner in style.

 

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What diets are these Black Forest Desserts suitable for?

These Black Forest Desserts are suitable for vegetarian diets.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Black Forest Desserts recipe?

  • If you’re on WW Green, you’ll need to count 11 Points per portion of this Black Forest Desserts recipe.
  • If you’re on WW Blue, you’ll need to count 10 Points per portion of this Black Forest Desserts recipe.
  • If you’re on WW Purple, you’ll need to count 10 Points per portion of this Black Forest Desserts recipe.

Do you need any special ingredients to make these Black Forest Desserts?

You can find low fat double cream alternative like Elmlea in most supermarkets.

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Your egg mixture will triple in size when beaten so you’ll need to make sure that you’re using a large mixing bowl like this one.

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You can serve your desserts in any kind of dish that you’d like, but we think they look super special when served in these glasses.

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How many calories are in these Black Forest Desserts?

There are 305 calories per portion in these Black Forest Desserts which means they fall into our Everyday Light category. 

These Black Forest Desserts are perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fit well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 160ºC and line a muffin tin with 6 paper cases.

Step 2

Place the eggs, sweetener, sugar and vanilla into a mixing bowl and mix with an electric whisk until the mixture is thick and has tripled in size. This will take about 4 minutes and you should see ribbons on top of the mixture when you lift the whisks out.

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Step 3

Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the bowl and gently fold in using a spatula until it’s all fully incorporated into the egg mix. Be careful not to overmix and knock out all of the air.

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Step 4

Pour the mixture into each paper case and flatten out. Bake for 12 minutes. You’ll know they’re done if you can put your finger on the top of the cakes and it doesn’t leave an indent. If it does leave them in the oven for another 2 minutes. Leave to cool.

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Step 5

Whilst the cakes are baking, make the chocolate filling. Add the Greek yoghurt, cream alternative, cocoa powder, honey and vanilla to a bowl.

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Step 6

Whisk together using an electric whisk until the mixture is glossy and thick. Leave to chill in the fridge until you are ready to assemble.

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Step 7

Once the sponges have cooled, remove from the paper cases and cut each cake in half horizontally to create 2 circle pieces. Put to one side.

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Step 8

Now you are ready to assemble. Add a few of the frozen cherries to the bottom of your serving dishes then top with some of the chocolate dessert before adding a piece of the chocolate sponge on top.

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Step 9

Continue to layer up with the cherries, dessert and sponge until you are at the top of your serving dishes.

Step 10

Add a swirl of aerosol cream and sprinkle over the dark chocolate. Finish with 1 fresh cherry on top of each dessert.

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What could I serve with these Black Forest Desserts?

These Black Forest Desserts are perfect when served as… well, a dessert!

They also work really well as part of a festive buffet when served alongside any of the following:

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How do you know when these Black Forest Desserts are ready?

Your sponges will need to bake until they’re cooked through and spring back when lightly pressed with a finger. Alternatively, a skewer should come out clean when inserted.

This should take around 12 minutes, but you can leave in for another 2 if they’re not quite done.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep these Black Forest Desserts in the fridge?

These Black Forest Desserts should be enjoyed on the same day that they’re made.

If you’d like to plan ahead then you can prepare the sponges a few days in advance and store them in an airtight container until you’re ready to assemble.

Can I freeze these Black Forest Desserts?

No, we don’t recommend freezing these Black Forest Desserts.

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Black Forest Desserts

Impress your guests with our slimmed down version of the retro classic dessert - the perfect ending to any festive dinner.
  • Prep Time
    20 MINS
  • Cook Time
    12 MINS
  • KCals 305
  • Carbs 28G
  • WW Points:
  • 11 Green
  • 10 Blue
  • 10 Purple

Ingredients

For the chocolate sponge

  • 3 eggs
  • 10 g granulated sweetener
  • 20 g caster sugar
  • 30 g self-raising flour
  • 15 g cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

For the dessert filling

  • 200 g low fat Greek yoghurt
  • 4 tbsp low fat cream alternative like Elmlea Double Light
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 350 g frozen cherries

For the topping

  • 10 g dark chocolate finely chopped
  • 6 fresh cherries
  • low fat aerosol cream

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Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160ºC and line a muffin tin with 6 paper cases.
  2. Place the eggs, sweetener, sugar and vanilla into a mixing bowl and mix with an electric whisk until the mixture is thick and has tripled in size. This will take about 4 minutes and you should see ribbons on top of the mixture when you lift the whisks out.
  3. Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the bowl and gently fold in using a spatula until it’s all fully incorporated into the egg mix. Be careful not to overmix and knock out all of the air.
  4. Pour the mixture into each paper case and flatten out. Bake for 12 minutes. You’ll know they’re done if you can put your finger on the top of the cakes and it doesn’t leave an indent. If it does leave them in the oven for another 2 minutes. Leave to cool.
  5. Whilst the cakes are baking, make the chocolate filling. Add the Greek yoghurt, cream alternative, cocoa powder, honey and vanilla to a bowl.
  6. Whisk together using an electric whisk until the mixture is glossy and thick. Leave to chill in the fridge until you are ready to assemble.
  7. Once the sponges have cooled, remove from the paper cases and cut each cake in half horizontally to create 2 circle pieces. Put to one side.
  8. Now you are ready to assemble. Add a few of the frozen cherries to the bottom of your serving dishes then top with some of the chocolate dessert before adding a piece of the chocolate sponge on top.
  9. Continue to layer up with the cherries, dessert and sponge until you are at the top of your serving dishes.
  10. Add a swirl of aerosol cream and sprinkle over the dark chocolate. Finish with 1 fresh cherry on top of each dessert.

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Recipe notes

To add a further level of decadence to these Black Forest Desserts, brush the sliced sponges with some Kirsch. 2tbsp split between all the sponges will add an extra 11 calories per dessert for a total of 316 calories each.

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Debbie sutcliffeSunday 8th November 2020

Hi 30g of cherries doesn’t seem to be enough to make 6 portions of the black forest dessert is this correct or maybe a typo?

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    HollySunday 8th November 2020

    Hi Debbie, this should be 350g frozen cherries and has now been corrected, thanks for your message!

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