Black Forest buns

Black Forest Buns

Black Forest buns

Black Forest Buns

The bread of the month in We Knead To Bake group were these delicious Black forest buns. I had never heard about these buns before. Since V loves Black Forest cake, I thought this would be a good fit for the Valentine’s day (I baked it on the weekend before Valentine’s day).

I have realized how hard it is to concentrate on anything these days, with 2 small kids around. I usually start with full interest and by the time I am half done, I literally start rushing things because one of them or both would have lost their patience by then. Same happened with these. I did not pay attention to some of the main details. So these turned out like pull apart rolls in shape instead of the ┬ábuns that you can see in Aparna’s blog. I used little too much cake in them, so it was a little hard to roll into a log and then cut into pieces. But they were so good, I did not mind the shape at all. They looked rustic (ahem!!) and kind of cute after I drizzled the chocolate on top.

They tasted so much better on the next day. I sent some for Ishaan’s teachers and some for V’s colleagues. I think I was the one who finished the most. The bread, cake and cherries all were delicious together. I am sure I will make these again, may be with a little less cake next time.

Read more about these buns at Aparna’s blog.

Black Forest buns

Black Forest Buns

Delicious buns stuffed with chocolate cake and cherry preserve, drizzled with chocolate
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12 buns


For dough

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 50 gms 3.5 tbl spn butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg optional
  • 3/4 tea spn salt
  • 1 and 1/2 tea spn instant yeast
  • 3 to 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour

For Filling

  • 3/4 cup strawberry/cherry jam I used cherry preserve
  • 2 and 1/2 to 3 cup crumbled chocolate cake I used 1/2 recipe of black forest cake

For Drizzling

  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips


  • Heat milk and water till it is warm.
  • Take off heat and add butter, mix till it melts. (I transferred it to stand mixer bowl).
  • Add sugar and beat till it is dissolved.
  • Cool down the mixture and then add yeast, egg and beat till mixed.
  • Add 1 cup of flour, salt and mix.
  • Add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time till everything is mixed well.
  • Knead the dough for about 10mins.
  • Lightly apply oil to the surface of the dough and leave it aside covered for about 1 and 1/2 hrs till it doubles in volume.
  • Now punch down the dough and roll it into approximately 18" x 12" rectangle.
  • Spread the jam (or cherry preserve or compote) on it.
  • Spread crumbled cake on top.
  • Roll the dough as tightly as possible.

  • Cut into 12 equal pieces.
  • Place them in a cake pan leaving some space between them for them to rise(there was not much space left in my cake pan, so I kept them pretty close).
  • Leave them aside loosely covered for another 45mins-1hr to rise.
  • Preheat the oven at 350F for about 10mins.
  • Bake at 350F for 25-30mins.
  • Cool them completely. Then drizzle melted chocolate on top.


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