Monday, September 1, 2008

Black Forest Cake

If there is any one cake that leaves me begging for more, that is Black Forest Cake.

Why is it that many people are enticed by the Black Forest Cake? Known as Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte or Black Forest gateau as well, this cake is a rich treat comprising numerous layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries adorning every layer. That is not all; the cake is finished off with a topping of whipped cream, maraschino cherries and chocolate shavings. An important element in a traditional Black Forest Cake is Kirschwasser or cherry brandy.
Now, that you know the key ingredients that make up this delicious cake, you can go ahead and follow the recipe given below to churn out your very own Black Forest Cake for your loved ones.

For the cake:
All-purpose flour - 265 gms
Castor sugar - 400 gms
Milk - 200 ml
Vegetable oil - 100 ml
Eggs - 3
Cocoa powder (unsweetened) - 65 gms
Baking soda - 1 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Kirschwasser/cherry liquor/cherry brandy - 3 tbsp

For the filling:
Thick whipping cream - 120 ml
Castor sugar - 120 gms
Cherries (canned) - 1 can
Teaspoon vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp
Kirschwasser - 1 tbsp
A pinch of salt

For the topping:
Thick whipped cream, maraschino cherries and bittersweet chocolate shavings.

1.) Preheat oven to 175°C.
2.) Grease two 9″ round baking dishes and keep aside.
3.) Sift together flour, cocoa and baking soda. Set aside.
4.) In a large bowl, add the sifted mixture, sugar, salt, eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla extract. Mix well.
5.) Pour this batter into the greased baking dishes and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
6.) Allow the cakes to cool. When completely cooled, cut each layer horizontally in half to get four layers total
7.) Sprinkle layers with Kirschwasser.
8.) For the filling, in a bowl whip the cream to stiff peaks. Now add vanilla extract, Kirschwasser, sugar and salt. Mix well.9.) Spread first layer of cake with one-third of the filling. Now spread one -third of the cherries. Place a second layer on this layer and repeat the process for three layers.
10.) Now place the fourth layer and cover the sides and top off the cake with whipped cream. Sprinkle chocolate shavings on sides and top of the cake. Now, place as many maraschino cherries you want on the cake.

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