Black Forest Cake

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You don’t need an occasion to enjoy a cake; a cake will turn an ordinary day into an occasion… This is a rule I follow and trust me it has never let me down….

It has always been about cake, birthday, anniversaries, dinners; no celebration was complete and glorified without a cake.  Cake has always been a perfect little custom for me. My mom never really baked a cake but she had panache when getting one made for any celebration. It was nothing even remotely near to a normal cake. Every birthday or any occasion the cake was always the star, from dolls to ocean life I have had almost all possible themes available to child of 80’s.

As I grew my love for cake grew too but Thank God I was done with dolls and oceans and cake became more real.

I have been a true lover of Black Forest Cake for a very long time. A simple chocolate cake with luscious whipped cream frosting and adorned with cherries, this cake speaks of deliciousness and elegance in every bite.

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This is a very simple cake to make, just a few simple steps and this baby comes together real easily. Also you can use fresh cherries if you like here. This recipe is from Joy of Baking, it suggests Morello Cherries in syrup but I have used Maraschino Cherries, also the recipe calls for Kirsch or Cherry brandy but I have not used it here for this cake. You can use your own chocolate genoise recipe if you have one; I enjoyed the result of this recipe here.

Black Forest Cake

Ingredients

    Cherries-
  • 24 ounce (700 ml) jar of Morello Cherries in syrup.
  • 4 tablespoons Kirsch or Cherry Brandy
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar.
  • Chocolate Genoise-
  • 3 tablespoons (42 grams) hot melted unsalted butter.
  • 1/2 cup (60 grams) cake flour.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • 1/3 cup (30 grams) unsweetened regular or Dutch-processed cocoa powder.
  • 4 large eggs.
  • 2/3 (135 grams) granulated white sugar.
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
  • Whipped Cream Frosting-
  • 2 1/2 cups (600 ml) heavy whipping cream (double cream) (35% butterfat)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons (35 grams) granulated white sugar
  • Cherries-
  • 24 ounce (700 ml) jar of Morello Cherries in syrup.
  • 4 tablespoons Kirsch or Cherry Brandy
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar.
  • Chocolate Genoise-
  • 3 tablespoons (42 grams) hot melted unsalted butter.
  • 1/2 cup (60 grams) cake flour.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • 1/3 cup (30 grams) unsweetened regular or Dutch-processed cocoa powder.
  • 4 large eggs.
  • 2/3 (135 grams) granulated white sugar.
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
  • Whipped Cream Frosting-
  • 2 1/2 cups (600 ml) heavy whipping cream (double cream) (35% butterfat)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons (35 grams) granulated white sugar

Instructions

    Cherries-
  1. Drain the cherries, reserving the liquid. Place the cherries in bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons Kirsch. Cover the bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons Kirsch. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside. Place 1 cup (240 ml) of the reserved cherry syrup in a small saucepan, along with the sugar and heat until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, add 2 tablespoons Kirsch, and let cool.
  2. Chocolate Genoise-
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Butter or spray, a 9 inch round cake pan and line the bottom of the pan with parchment or wax paper. In a bowl, sift the flour,salt and cocoa powder. In a heatproof bowl whisk the eggs with the sugar. Place over a saucepan of simmering water, and whisking constantly, heat until lukewarm (about 5 minutes). Remove from the heat and transfer to the bowl of your electric mixer. Beat on high speed until the mixture is thick (about 5 minutes) (the batter will fall back into the bowl in a ribbon-like pattern). Beat in the vanilla extract. Then sift about one-third of the flour mixture over the egg mixture and gently fold in using a rubber spatula or whisk.Sift and fold in another third, and the fold in the rest. Take 1 cup of the batter and fold it into the melted butter (to lighten it). Then gently fold it into the egg batter. Pour into your pan, smoothing the top. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (cake starts to shrink from the sides of pan). The cake can be stored for two days or frozen for a month.
  4. Whipped Cream Frosting-
  5. In your mixing bowl place the whipping cream,vanilla extract and sugar and stir to combine. Cover and chill the bowl and the wire whisk in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, then beat the mixture just until stiff peaks form.
  6. Assemble Cake-
  7. Using a sharp knife cut the genoise, horizontally, into two layers.Turn over the top layer of the cake (top of the cake becomes bottom) and place on your serving plate. Brush the cake layer with 1/4 cup (60 ml) cherry syrup. Take 1 cup of whipped cream and spread on the moistened genoise. Place the cherries evenly over the cream. Brush the cut-side of the second genoise layer with 1/4 cup of the syrup. Place cut-side down on top of the cherries,gently pressing to compact. Reserve one cup (240 ml) of whipped cream and spread the remaining cream over the top and sides of the cake. Place the reserved cream in a pastry bag fitted with large star tip and pipe rosettes on the top of cake. Cover and refrigerate the cake for several hours (or overnight) before serving. Decorate with fresh cherries and shaved chocolate.
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