Black Forest brownies

These easy-to-make, fudgy brownies, complete with retro decoration, marry a much-loved flavour pairing of cherry and chocolate

PREP 30 mins
COOK 40 mins


  • calories 310
  • carbs 34
  • saturated fat 10
  • sugar 28
  • protein 3
  • fat 17
  • fibre 2
  • salt 0.2


250g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
1 tbsp instant coffee powder
350g light brown soft sugar
4 medium eggs
75g cocoa powder
100g self-raising flour
1 tsp cherry essence (optional), available from Lakeland
100g dried sour cherries, chopped
200g dark chocolate (60% cocoa solids)
25g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
50g icing sugar
green food colouring gel
20 glacé cherries, halved


  1. Grease a 30 x 20cm cake tin and line with parchment. Heat oven to 180C/ 160C fan/gas 4. Mix the coffee with 2 tbsp boiling water, then set aside to cool.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together for about 5 mins until light and fluffy, then add the eggs, one at a time, incorporating well after each addition. In a separate bowl, combine the cocoa powder and the flour. Add in the cherry essence and cooled coffee to the butter mixture, followed by the dry ingredients. Mix well, then fold in the cherries.
  3. Spoon into the prepared tin, level the top with the back of a spoon and bake in the centre of the oven for 30-35 mins or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool completely in the tin.
  4. Once cool, melt the dark chocolate in the microwave or over a pan of simmering water, then spread in an even layer over the top of the brownies.
  5. While the chocolate is setting, mix the butter with the icing sugar and a few drops of green food colouring. Put the buttercream in a piping bag fitted with a writing tip nozzle. Cut the brownies into 20 squares, place two glacé cherry halves on top of each one and use the buttercream to create the cherry stem.