Bourbon Black Forest Granola Cake Recipe

The third recipe cooked up by Sweetgrass Granola-baking enthusiast Mandy is a decadent Bourbon-laced Cherry Black Forest Cake with a crust composed of our handmade Germantown Chocolate granola.  This take on the traditional Black Forest Cake is a big winner for fans of chocolate and, to mix it up, bourbon!

Our wheat-free Germantown Chocolate granola gives a nice crunch with flavorful wild seedling pecans and the natural sweeteners add depth and richness. There are no gluten ingredients in this recipe and so is very close to gluten-free! And of course, our granola is non-gmo and chemical-free with only all-natural ingredients. Mix up and dig in!

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A slice of cherry-chocolate heaven.


The second most fun ingredient in the recipe: Kentucky Bourbon!


Crushing the Germantown Chocolate granola for the crust mixture.


A beautiful finished Black Forest Cake! Spot the delicious Sweetgrass Granola crust.

Bourbon Black Forest Cake with Sweetgrass Granola


About 20 dark sweet cherries, halved and pitted
¼ cups sugar
2 Tbsp Kentucky Bourbon
2 cups Germantown Chocolate Sweetgrass Granola
3 Tbsp butter, melted for crust
2 sticks butter for batter
16 oz semi-sweet or dark chocolate
8 eggs, cold
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1-2 Tbsp sorghum

Find a Sweetgrass Granola retailer or order Germantown Chocolate online here: Use discount code: TRYTHISRECIPE for 5% off your order!

Preheat oven to 325° F. Halve and pit cherries. Mix with sugar and Bourbon and set aside to macerate.

Grease a 9 or 10 inch springform pan. (if you line the pan with parchment paper for easier removal, make sure to grease it as well.) Wrap the edges with several layers of foil to make it waterproof during the water bath.

Pound or blend (on pulse) 2 cups of the Germantown Chocolate Sweetgrass Granola until chunky. Mix in a bowl with 2 Tbsp melted butter until mixture presses firmly into bowl. Press into the greased pan.

Whip 8 cold eggs with a hand or stand mixer until they double in volume. Set aside. Melt the chocolate and 2 sticks of butter carefully, stirring frequently. Slowly fold the eggs into the chocolate until incorporated. Pour into the pan and smooth out. Press the cherries skin side down into the top of the cake.

Carefully place springform into a roasting pan and fill until halfway up the side with boiling water. Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes. It will not feel completely set up in the middle. Cool on a rack until room temperature, then cover and chill in the fridge. Whip the cream with sorghum to taste. Slice cake and top with cream before serving.


A little more about Sweetgrass Granola:

Sweetgrass Granola is an all-natural, handmade granola made at our family farm in beautiful Kentucky. Our granola is unique in that we use only natural, un-processed sweeteners, Kentucky grown Sorghum Syrup and Wildflower Honey, to sweeten it. This results in a less sweet but very rich and unique flavor. We believe in the quality and importance of organic and regionally grown ingredients and are dedicated to supporting critical Kentucky farms. We strictly avoid the use of any Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or preservatives. To cater to those with gluten sensitivities we do not use glutenous ingredients.

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