Black Forest Cake Milk – easy drink that tastes like dessert

A delicious milk drink recipe that tastes like a piece of Black Forest cake

Black Forest cake milk drink

Creamy, full of cocoa flavor that pairs wonderfully with the lashing sweetness of dark cherries and topped with chocolate shavings that melt in your mouth.
Black Forest cake is a classic that rarely disappoints!
Now, if you are craving for a slice of this chocolatey dessert but want to save you the baking (or the trip to a good café), you’ll love this black forest milk recipe!
This drink has all the flavors of Black Forest cake, it just takes 5 minutes to prepare and it top of that, it has less calories than a slice of cake.
Ready for your new favorite milk drink?

The inspiration for this recipe


In case you haven’t heard of it, Black forest cake is a traditional German rich dessert that consists of chocolate sponge cake with a cherry filling and whipped cream.
It’s usually decorated with cream and chocolate curls and it tastes as great as it sounds!

But I rarely have time for baking, so I wanted a way to have this dessert in an easier way.

And then, I discovered Corean strawberry milk and fell in love with milk drinks with fresh fruit chunks in them (like this one).

That’s how I thought about a milk drink with actual cherries in it.
And it turned out, the mashed cherries go very well chocolate milk.
And the whole thing, topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, really looks like a Black Forest cake in a glass!

  • Easy to make
  • Tastes great
  • Less calories and carbs than the original cake
  • Can be made with any type of milk (therefore easy to adapt to different diets)

Ingredients and swaps

  • Cherries
  • Sugar or sweetener of choice (I often use homemade sugar-free syrup)
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Milk
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Dark chocolate curls (optional)

Cherries

Dark fresh cherries

I used fresh cherries because it was cherry season as I decided to make this recipe. But frozen cherries also work alright (just remember to thaw them).
If you go for the fresh ones, make sure to wash them and take out the pit.

As an alternative, you may use cherry preserve (compote) or dark canned cherries.
Good quality cherry jam may also work.
If you use cherry preserve or jam, you’ll probably want to reduce or skip the sugar altogether for the chocolate milk.

Note: When using cherry preserves or jam, take into consideration that they usually contain citric acid or lemon juice as natural preservatives; depending on the brand and on how long the cherry stay in contact with the milk, they could cause some curdling.

Sweetener of choice

If you use fresh or frozen cherries, you will need some sugar (or sweetener of choice) on them.
This doesn’t only make them tastier, but will also help the drink stay layered.

Any sweetener with neutral taste goes well in this recipe.
I like using xylitol, erythriol or my homemade sugar-free simple syrup.
But of course, sugar and brown sugar also go well here.

Cocoa powder

I find it best for this recipe to make your own chocolate milk from unsweetened cocoa powder.
This way you get a more intense chocolate flavor.
Also, you may be able to choose how sweet the chocolate milk is.

If your are using cherry preserve or jam, you may want to avoid sweetening your chocolate milk, since the cherry layer is already sweet enough.

If you don’t have cocoa powder, you may use store bough chocolate milk or flavor milk with chocolate syrup or instant cocoa powder.
Probably your drink will be sweeter this way, so if you go for it, I recommend using less sugar on the cherries.

Milk

I prefer using whole milk to make this Black Forest milk, but you may use any kind of milk you like or have on hand: almond milk, soy milk, cashew milk…
Just make sure it’s plain and unsweetened.

Cream

Decorating with whipping cream is optional, but it gives that dessert-like look (and decadence).
For a skinny version, leave the cream altogether or swap it for milk foam; the drink will still be delicious.

Dark chocolate

If desired, sprinkle some dark chocolate shavings or finely chopped chocolate over the cream.

How to make it

Time needed: 15 minutes.

How to make black forest cake milk

  1. Prepare the cherries

    If using fresh cherries, wash them and pit them.
    If using frozen ones, thaw them at room temperature or in the microwave.Pitted fresh dark cherries

  2. Make the cherry layer

    Chop the cherries into tiny pieces, put them in the glass and muddle them with some simple syrup or sugar.
    If using sugar, let the mixture sit for around 15 minutes so it dissolves.Chopping and muddling cherries

  3. Make chocolate milk

    Mix unsweetened cocoa powder with milk.
    You may optionally add some sugar or other sweetener to taste.
    Just remember that the cherry layer is sweet, so I recommend to make the chocolate milk less sweet and more intense (more cocoa) than you would normally do.

  4. Assemble

    Optionally, cover the cherry layer with ice cubes (this makes it easier to get a layered look).
    Pour the chocolate milk.
    Usually, the cherry layer stays on the bottom, but if you want to make sure the layers don’t mix, aim at an ice cube when pouring the chocolate milk.Making a layered milk drink with fresh cherries

  5. Decorate to taste

    Serve as is or top it with whipped cream and some chocolate shavings.Layered Black Forest milk drink skinny

Tricks

Making this black forest cake milk is actually quite simple: you just need to put everything together.
It also allows many variations and as long as you choose the right level of sweeteness to your taste, you can’t really do anything wrong here.
That said, there are a a couple of tips that will help you make this drink more comfortably and with better presentation:

  • Make sure you cut the cherries in small pieces before mashing them: it makes it easier to drink them afterwards.
  • If you want todrink this Black Forest milk with a straw, you’ll need a wide straw like the ones needed to drink corean strawberry milk or boba tea
  • This recipe is on the less sweet side: feel free to adapt it to your taste by adding more sugar to the chocolate milk or to the cherry layer.

Variations

GET MORE LAYERS
If you want there is a milk layer and a chocolate milk layer, fill the glass with ice cubes and pour first plain milk, followed by concentrated chocolate milk.
For the picture bellow I assembled in this order: cherries (sweetened) – ice cubes – plain milk – chocolate milk

Layered Black Forest milk drink

MAKE IT A FRAPEE
For a frapeé liked texture, blend a some ice cubes into the milk.

USE OTHER FRUITS
You may make your own variations using any fruit you like: strawberries, blueberry, raspberries or even diced mango or banana go well in this recipe.

FAQs

Is it okay to mix cherries with milk?

There are all sorts of theories about mixing cherries with other foods, but there is no proven incompatibility to mixing cherries with milk: if you don’t have problems with any of them separately, you probably won’t have problems taking them together.
Concerning curdling, the milk doesn’t curd when using fresh or frozen cherries (I’ve only tried assembling everything together right before drinking).

Does this Black Forest cake milk contain alcohol?

No, it doesn’t have alcohol.
Traditionally, the cherry layer in Black Forest has small amounts of alcohol, but this recipe doesn’t have any (unless you use cherries that have been soaked in alcohol).

Does Black Forest milk have caffeine?

Cocoa powder has small amounts of caffeine.
A serving of this recipe made with unsweetened, pure cocoa, has around 6,6 mg caffeine (in comparison, a cup of coffee has around 95 mg).

Can I make this beverage ahead of time?

Better not. As with most drinks that contain mashed fruit, this black forest cake milk drink tastes best immediately after assembling it.

Black Forest cake inspired milk drink
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Black Forest cake milk drink recipe

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Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Wash and pit the cherries*.
    Chop them into small pieces.
    Muddle them.
    Mix with sweetener of choice (if using granulated sweetener, let the mixture rest for around 15 minutes, to allow the sugar to dissolve).
    Chopping and muddling cherries
  • Make a chocolate milk by mixing unsweetened cocoa with milk.
    Optionally, sweeten to taste (not included in the ingredients).
  • Assemble the drink:
    -If you want it layered, put ice cubes over the cherry layer and pour the liquid carefully aiming at the ice
    -If the layers aren’t so important, just pour the chocolate milk in
    Layering Black Forest milk drink
  • Optionally, decorate to taste with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
    Black Forest cake inspired milk drink

Notes

*If using fresh cherries, you may find this easy trick to pit them useful
**You may use cherry preserves or high quality cherry jam instead of fresh and frozen cherries
Estimated calories without whipped cream
 

Nutrition

Calories: 150kcal
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: German
Keyword: cherry, cocoa, with milk
Calories: 150kcal

And this is how to make a milk drink that tastes like Black Forest.
Enjoy it!

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  1. 5 stars
    This looks gorgeous! I love this cake and I used to make a yogur version I never imagined this version in drinks before. Splendid idea! Thank you very much

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