Monday 20 March 2023

Black Forest Cake


I had made this for my 30th Birthday and Black Forest cake continues to be my favorite after almost a decade.


Have adapted the recipe from Joy of Baking and tweaked it to my interests and availability of ingredients. For Chocolate Cake, I used a tried and tested recipe from my archive.


Chocolate Cake -
* All Purpose Flour - 1 + 1/2 cups
* Corn Flour - 1/2 cup
* Cocoa powder - 9 tbsp
* Baking Powder - 2 tsp
* Salt - a pinch
* Eggs - 4 nos [large, at room temperature]
* Butter - 114 gms [at room temperature]
* Sugar - 2 cups
* Milk - 1 cup [at room temperature]
* Instant Coffee powder - 1 tsp
* Vanilla extract - 2 tsp

Cherries -
* Chopped Bing Cherries - 2 cups
* Sugar - 1/2 cup
* Brandy - 2 tbsp [Optional]

Whipped Cream -
* Heavy Whipping Cream - 700 ml [Chilled]
* Sugar - 3/4 cup [Adjust according to your interest]
* Vanilla extract - 2 tsp

Chocolate Ganache -
* Chocolate - 3/4 cup
* Milk - 1/4 cup

* Eggs and Butter used for the Cake should be at room temperature. If cold, the batter would curdle and affect the texture of the Cake.
* I used Ghirardelli's Cocoa powder and Trader Joe's Organic Whipping Cream and found much difference in the quality.
* Since I used very sweet fresh Bing Cherries, I did not have to add much Sugar. If the Cherries are tart, adjust accordingly. I prepped the Cherries beforehand and refrigerated them overnight.
* I wanted the Cake to last for about 4-5 days [refrigerated], hence I slightly cooked the Cherries before layering.
* Make sure to chill the Cream, the bowl used and the whisk before whipping.
* Baking time depends on the Oven, types of pans, amount of batter used etc.
* If you have only one size of a pan or a small Oven, then bake in batches. Just make sure to grease and line the pan for every individual Cake. I personally baked three 8 inch Cakes.


Chocolate Cake -
1. Sift the All purpose Flour, Corn Flour, Baking powder, Cocoa powder and salt. This forms the dry ingredients and keep it aside.
2. Preheat the Oven to 325 Degree Fahrenheit and grease [preferably with butter] and line [with parchment paper] three 8 inch baking pans.
3. Into a large bowl, add the Sugar, Vanilla extract and Butter. Cream them using a hand-mixer to form a smooth, pale and consistent mixture for about 4-5 mins.
4. Add the Eggs one at a time and whip for 2 mins for each addition.
5. Add the Milk and Coffee powder into the beaten Eggs and Butter mixture. Whip for 2 mins. This forms the wet ingredients.
6. Add the sifted Flour mixture [dry ingredients] into the wet ingredients and fold well using a whisk or spatula to form a consistent batter.
7. Pour the batter into the greased and lined baking pans and bake in the preheated Oven for about 20-30 mins. Check with a skewer to confirm whether the Cake is done. Remove the pans and invert the Cakes onto a cooling sheet. Let it cool down completely.

Cherries -
1. Wash and drain the Cherries. Pat them dry using Kitchen towels. Remove the pits using a Cherry Pitter or knife. Then roughly chop them.
2. In a saucepan, add the chopped Cherries, Sugar and brandy. Place the pan on stove on medium heat and cook for about 10 mins. Stir occasionally. The Cherries would release juices and become slightly tender. Remove at this stage as we do not want the Cherries to become too mushy. Let it cool down to room temperature and refrigerate them preferably overnight or for at least 3-4 hours.
3. The juices released from the Cherries form a syrup. This can be used to moisten the Cake while layering.

Whipped Cream -
1. In a large bowl, add the Whipping Cream, Sugar and Vanilla extract. Whip the Cream using a hand-mixer or whisk to incorporate air until it holds stiff peaks.

Chocolate Ganache -
1. In a small pan, add the Chocolate and milk and melt them over a Double Boiler [Never melt Chocolate on the direct heat of the Stove]. Keep stirring to form a consistent mixture.
2. Let it cool down to room temperature.


For Assembling -
1. Place one layer of the Cake onto the Cake platter, then add evenly a few spoons of the syrup released from the Cherries to moisten the Cake. Then using a spatula, spread an even layer of the Whipped Cream and then add the Cherries. Repeat for the remaining layers.
2. Once all the layers are completed, cover the Cakes on the sides and top with the Whipped Cream using a spatula.
3. Pour the Chocolate Ganache on the edge of the topmost layer and let it drip down naturally.
4. Pipe the remaining Cream with a tip of your Choice onto the top layer of the Cake. Sprinkle grated Chocolate onto the piped Cream [Optional].
5. Chill the Cake for at least an hour and then slice and serve.


We liked it cold and definitely a winner as a Birthday treat.


Last heard - Nom Nom Nom!
PS: Photographing with a stuffed face is sure fun. 

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