Cherry season is still a few weeks ahead but I just felt like making these desserts recently after a strong call for such kind of a dessert. No-bake Black Forest Desserts are a yummy mixture of orange mascarpone cream with coffee chocolate sauce and cherry compote. The Black Forest Cake is one of my favorites and this is kind of a lighter version of it. I mean, there is no flour and almost no butter, but there is still mascarpone, cream, and chocolate though. This makes it an ideal after-meal dessert while the cake is more for an afternoon tea party. So if you are into the Black Forest theme like me, you should try these too! And if you still haven’t tried the cake, give it a chance too, here!
The original recipe I first made these Black Forest Desserts according to, is from our Monsieur Cuisine Connect which we got last year for Christmas and we love it. I already tried making several meals in it – from soups, main dishes to desserts or ice-creams. While I am still somebody who loves traditional cooking, for some things this is a great invention. It is definitely great to make the best yogurt ice-cream, mousse au chocolat, steamed fish with veggies, chili sin carne or paprika soup! But some recipes that came with it, I later thought I´d better make them the traditional way as it can be faster while you can prepare two different steps in two different cooking pots/bowls.
And so it goes for these divine Black Forest Desserts! As I loved them so much and wanted to share it, I also adapted the recipe for making these desserts manually without the machine, just using your own hands, whisk, bowls and pans. First I only took pictures of these desserts just for myself but I quite liked them so I decided to make a blog post about it all and I hope you will enjoy them too! 😉
The Black Forest Desserts are not complicated to make, it just requires some time and dirty dishes. On the other side, it will take you less time than if you prepare everything in the machine as you can work on more layers simultaneously. You will need quite many ingredients for such a little thing, but believe me, it all is worth making this dessert – it is so yummy! You can even make them a day ahead and store them in the fridge. The recipe makes 6 portions (I used 240 ml glass bowls).
Here you have the recipe for making Black Forest Desserts manually and I hope you will like it as we do. And if you make it, do let me know how they turned out via the below comments or by posting a picture on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, and don’t forget to tag me so that I can share it! So who is going to try them?
For the cherry compote
- 100 ml freshly squeezed orange juice
- 30 g sugar
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 100 g cherries from a jar
For the chocolate sauce
- 40 g dark chocolate, chopped
- 15 g butter
- 30 ml heavy cream
- 50 ml espresso
- 20 g sugar
- 10 g cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the mascarpone cream
- 350 ml heavy cream
- 180 g mascarpone
- 70 g crystal sugar
- zest from 1 untreated orange
- 30 ml orange juice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- chocolate sprinkles
Make the Cherry Compote: In a small saucepan, mix the orange juice with sugar and cornstarch until dissolved, then add cherries. Bring to boil and cook for 2 min or until the sauce thickens. Set aside.
Make the Chocolate Sauce: Heat the cream, pour it over the chocolate and butter, add espresso. Mix until smooth. Add sugar, cocoa, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
Make the Mascarpone Cream: First, whip the cream. Then in a medium bowl, cream together the mascarpone with sugar, orange zest, juice, and vanilla extract. Incorporate 2/3 of the whipped cream and set aside. Keep the rest of the whipped cream for topping.
Assemble the Desserts: Pour the chocolate sauce in the bottom of 6 dessert glasses. Spoon over the mascarpone cream ând then the cherry compote as the final layer. Decorate with the rest of the whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles. Chill in the fridge for a few hours before serving.