Black Forest Milkshake

Black Forest Milkshake

Do you like a classic Black Forest cake? And what about milkshakes? If you answer “yes” to both these questions, you will like this Black Forest Milkshake then. Dark chocolate, cherries, cinnamon, and a splash of rum or cherry brandy – what not to love about this?!

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Black Forest Milkshake

Hello everyone and happy Monday (Well, I know happy Mondays do not really exist for most people.) Anyway, I hope you had a restful weekend, and you are ready for upcoming one this new week.

The days here down in Nova Scotia have been quite muggy. I do not mind heat (although my comfortable temperature is around 20 degrees C), but I cannot stand humidity. It just makes me sleepy and sluggish. Well, it is summer, Atlantic Canada after all. Just another month or so – and the summer will be slowing down with its temperatures.

In a meantime, I am going to keep it sweet and shortly and jump to my new recipe!

Black Forest Milkshake

Do you like a famous Black Forest cake? That is probably one of my favourite cakes. I am not a huge fan of American-style cakes, as European normally sound more appealing and sophisticated to me. However, I have never made any myself. I am not too much of a baker, expect for savoury bakes and cookies.

But there are two twists on this old classic recipe here on my blog – Black Forest Cocktail and Black Forest Crêpes. Both so good. And now it is time for some milkshake.

It combines a luscious cherry sauce, dark chocolate, chocolate ice cream, and milk. Cherry or vanilla ice cream will work, too. A splash of spiced rum or cherry brandy (cherry liquor) is optional – but oh boy so so good. Hence, it is mandatory, in my book :)

It is a breeze to make, but you will need to make and chill the cherry sauce first. Or you can utilize the sauce leftovers if you have made the abovementioned cocktail and crepes. The amount of sauce should be sufficient for about 6 servings, so you can make it less. But I would recommend to make it as it is and refrigerate any leftovers. The sauce will be so good with your pancakes, toasts, cottage cheese, oatmeal, and many other things.

More Milkshakes

Looking for more milkshakes? Here we go:

Blueberry Milkshake

Strawberry Rose Milkshake

Boozy Amaretto Almond Milkshake

I hope you like this Black Forest Milkshake, and you will give them soon. If you make it, let me know in this post or send me an Instagram message or share you photos adding the hashtag #havocinthekitchen. 


Black Forest Milkshake
Black Forest Milkshake

Black Forest Milkshake

Recipe by Ben | HavocinthekitchenCourse: Milkshakes


Prep time


Sauce (cooking and chilling)



Do you like a classic Black Forest cake? And what about milkshakes? If you answer “yes” to both these questions, you will like this Black Forest Milkshake then.


  • Cherry Sauce:
  • 3 cups frozen pitted cherries (about 420 gr. total), thawed

  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup

  • ½ – 1 tsp. cinnamon

  • 50 gr. dark or extra dark chocolate, roughly chopped

  • Black Forest Milkshake:
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cup milk

  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate ice cream (cherry or vanilla flavours will also work)

  • 1/2 cup of cherry sauce – or more, to taste

  • 1-3 tablespoons of rum or cherry brandy

  • extra ice cream, whipped cream, shaved dark chocolate, fresh cherries for garnish (optional)


  • Thaw the cherries in advance, either in the refrigerated overnight or for 1 hour or so at room temperature. You can also use microwave, defrosting setting. Remove and set aside most of the released liquid.
  • Place the cherries along with some liquid (about 2 tablespoons or so), maple syrup, and cinnamon. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce the heat, cover, and let simmer for about 12-15 minutes, until the cherries are soft and the liquid has been thickened a bit.
  • Turn off the heat. Add the chocolate and let it stay for a minute then stir to combine. Let the mixture cool for 20-30 minutes then, using a blender, pure.
  • For the milkshakes, using a blender, combine the cherry sauce, ice cream, milk, and alcohol (if using) and blend until smooth. Try and adjust the flavour and consistency if desired (By adding more milk to thin it up, ice cream to thicken it up or the sauce for the added flavour.)
  • Pour into glasses and garnish as desired (some suggestions include an extra scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, shaved chocolate, fresh cherries, mint leaves, etc.) Serve immediately. Enjoy!

24 thoughts on “Black Forest Milkshake

  1. Raymund says:

    Oh my goodness, your Black Forest Milkshake sounds like a dream come true! I absolutely adore Black Forest cake, so combining its flavors into a milkshake is pure genius. The combination of dark chocolate, cherries, cinnamon, and a splash of rum or cherry brandy has my taste buds dancing in excitement.

  2. Velva says:

    Yes, definitely a fan of Black Forest cake and a fan of milkshakes. I cannot remember the last time I enjoyed a good milkshake. Your Black Forest milkshake is really creative. A sophisticated version of a fabulous milkshake. I love this!


  3. Tasia says:

    This look so refreshing and flavorful; perfect for the warm days we are having in the PNW. My husband will love this version, but I’m going to have to go with vanilla ice cream for mine. And the timing is perfect because I just froze a bunch of Washington cherries!
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  4. Eva Taylor says:

    Wow, talk about decadent! It’s a stroke of genius, combining dessert and drink into a cooling treat. I love the little boozy kick too. Toronto has had some humid days too, definitely not my favourite but I’ll take them over the dark and grey days of winter.

  5. sherry says:

    oh how delicious does this sound Ben!?! I love cherry and chocolate together. And I adore a real Black Forest cake which should sit on a short pastry base. So rare to find. My hubby loves milkshakes so this is a winner.

  6. Marissa says:

    You can never go wrong with chocolate and cherries! What a refreshing summer treat – love the boozy element too!

  7. Michelle says:

    Oh my word, this is the stuff my dreams are made of!! Wow, such an incredible concoction, Ben! Black forest is my ultimate favourite cake, so I would definitely love this milkshake!

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