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Black Forest Latte – Our Delicious and Easy-to-Follow Recipe

Make a delightful chocolate and cherry espresso drink with our simple yet delicious Black Forest Latte recipe!

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Black Forest Cake is a traditional German recipe that uses a delightfully light and fluffy chocolate angel food cake layered with whipped cream and cherries. If you like fresh cherries, you will love this cake. The sweetness of cherries and chocolate is such a great and classic combo.

Here at Roasty, we love making delicious lattes, so of course we had to make our own simple recipe for a Black Forest Latte. It is very easy to whip up and involves minimal prep work compared to making a standard latte.

If you’re a cake and latte lover, you will also want to check out our Red Velvet Latte or Gingerbread Latte.

Black Forest Latte
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What You’ll Need

There are really only a few ingredients for this latte and it is easy to make this rich coffee as customized as possible. We will review our recommended substitutions later in the article.

  • Cherry Compote or Syrup
  • Dark Chocolate Sauce
  • Espresso
  • Creamer of choice
  • Dark Chocolate Shavings (optional)
  • Steamer or handheld frother

The drink is made directly in your serving mug which should be at least 12 oz big.

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You will also need a steaming pitcher for steaming and frothing your milk, or a saucepan, if you don’t have a steamer, for warming the milk.

How To Make a Black Forest Latte

Making this latte is quite simple and will only take a few minutes.

Note that you will want to brew your espresso first before steaming your milk as this provides the freshest taste.

We also always encourage you to use freshly ground and dosed coffee grinds for the freshest espresso.

Step 1:

pouring cherry compote into the glass

Start by adding the cherry compote and dark chocolate sauce to your serving glass and mixing them together.

If you are not a chocolate fan, you can certainly opt out of the chocolate sauce element and still get a delicious black forest latte.

Step 2:

brewing two shots of espresso

Once you’ve mixed the cherry compote and chocolate sauce, brew two shots of espresso over them and mix.

Step 3:

steaming the creamer and pouring it on top of the coffee

In a separate glass, steam your creamer of choice and pour on top. If you do not have a steamer, simply heat in a saucepan over the stove or in the microwave and froth.

Step 4:

Topping with dark chocolate shavings

Top with dark chocolate shavings or dark chocolate drizzle if desired. Enjoy!

Substitutions You Can Make

Whenever we create a recipe, we like to make them as easily customizable as possible. After all, you are saving yourself a trip to the local cafe, so you should be getting exactly what you want!

The easiest ingredient to make your own is the creamer. You can use whole plain milk or half and half for basic dairy creamers, or an alternative milk like oat milk or almond milk. We just suggest not using sweetened creamers as this will alter the flavor and taste of the drink.

If you want to be as authentic to the cake-like taste, we suggest using the cherry syrup found in Morello Cherries –  it has all the bitter and sweet aspects that the cake has. But you can also opt for any type of cherry syrup that is commonly used in mixed drinks.

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We highly suggest using Torani Dark Chocolate Sauce if you opt for the chocolate portion, but if you like your drinks sweeter, you can use milk chocolate syrup as well.

Lastly, if you do not have an espresso machine but are still interested in trying this drink, you can always use very strongly brewed coffee (4-5 ounces), try an instant espresso option or use an AeroPress to create an espresso.

Other Recipes You’ll Enjoy

We hope that you enjoy this easy and yummy Black Forest Latte. We have so many great latte recipes here at Roasty like our Salted Honey Latte, Dirty London Fog, or Bourbon Barrel-Aged Latte.

Happy Caffeinating!

Black Forest Latte

Black Forest Latte

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

The combination of chocolate and cherry flavors in the Black Forest Latte creates a rich and indulgent taste, making it a favorite among coffee lovers with a sweet tooth.


  • 1 - 1 1/2 Teaspoons Cherry Compote or Syrup
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Dark Chocolate Sauce
  • 2 Shots of Espresso
  • 1/2 cup creamer of choice
  • Dark Chocolate Shavings (optional)


  1. Add the cherry compote and dark chocolate sauce to your serving glass and mix.
  2. Brew two shots of espresso over the cherry compote and chocolate sauce.
  3. In a separate glass, steam your creamer of choice and pour on top. If you do not have a steamer, simply heat in a saucepan over the stove or in the microwave and froth.
  4. Top with dark chocolate shavings or dark chocolate drizzle if desired.
  5. Enjoy!
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