Saturday, December 31, 2011

Black Forest Cake

Wish you all a very Happy New year 2012! Hope the year bring happiness, peace, love and health to all out there! And wish you have many more such happy new years!

Black Forest cake has been a cake which makes me to lick the last bite on the plate. Hmmm, delicious! I'm sure to say it, after every slice of it! This was how I grew up! And to follow me are my cousins. When I ask one of them, why did you choose Black Forest cake for your mom's wedding anniversary celebration, as my aunt doesn't like? He said who cares, I love to eat the entire cake if they leave it to me! I think most of us tend to be that way, but either our diet or something that stops us saying that.

This is the reason that made me to prepare this cake. Well, I'm not a regular baker. Somehow, when I plan to bake something, I wind up all my regular chores and think about this big event going to happen. It still comes to me like a big happening taking place! Or I should say I am yet to touch the comfort zone of baking! I'm sure to touch there one day and feel a better baker, baking like how I cook.

There are so many ways to prepare the cake. Mine is a simple, yet tasty recipe. You are sure to feel it like a Black Forest Cake, a heaven in every bite! They require basic baking stuffs.

Every new baking lets us learn some new things, which we do not learn until we make the mistake. I tell you, sometimes reading the recipe written alone will not give us a confidence to baking. You do mistake, and get happy to bake that again, if not, then again. And now you will feel better. I make all sorts of errors, due to my excitement of the end product. Have you had that? I know, it makes us to taste that cake quick, so I do not mix the baking soda properly! Or do not beat the eggs or butter well! This makes the cake hard or cakes looks like balloon one half of circle and flat the other half.

Those who are all new to baking, and love to make their own cake all my mistakes would be one great learning. Shall we get on to the recipe?

This makes 3 9-inches. Of which 1 will be very thin.

You need
All purpose flour 2 1/2 cups plus more for pans
Cocoa powder 1 cup
Confectioner’s sugar (Powdered Sugar) 2 Cups
Eggs 6
Baking powder 2 tsp
baking soda 1 tsp
Vanilla Extract 1 tsp
salt 1/2 tsp
butter 3 sticks

For the Filling

Heavy Whipping Cream 1 1/2 cups
Confectioner's Sugar 1/2 cup
Canned charried

For the Syrup

Water 3/4 cup
Powdered Sugar 1 Tbsp

Preheat oven to 300F.
Separate the white from the yolks. Beat each separately adding vanilla extract and little sugar at a time to make a stiff froth. Fold yellow into white. Beat the butter and add to it. Sift flour, cocoa powder baking powder baking soda and salt thrice and fold into the egg mixture.

FOLD: Means to slowly turn dry ingredients into the wet in a circular inward to outward motion. Do not beat or mix vigorously. The main purpose of folding is to allow more air into the mixture and also to avoid flattening the frothy eggs.
Divide batter between prepared pans. This makes one thin cake, and 2 thick cakes. So divide and prepare accordingly. A very thin cake to make bread crumbs out of it should do. If you do not choose to top the cake with bread crumbs, you can divide the batter accordingly.
Bake for 30 minutes till cake is done and springs back on touching or a cake tester comes out clean when inserted in the center of the cake.
Let cool in pan for 10 minutes and then turn onto cooling racks. Let cool completely.

Chill the electric beater blades and the bowl in which you will use to whip the cream. Whip cream while slowly adding sugar till it doubles in volume and is of a spreadable consistency. Do not over-beat, it turns to butter!
Mix lime juice, sugar and water in a bowl. Stir till sugar dissolves. Place one cake over a cake pedestal or plate, poke holes with a fork in a few places on the cake. Pour the syrup all over the cake in a spoon, till cake is moist (but not soggy). Spread an even layer of the cream, and place cut cherries.
Take out the thin 9-inch cake and make to fine bread crumbs.  Now, pat the crumbs to the side of the cake and to the top of the cake (all over).
Place the other cake on top of this and repeat the procedure. Pipe the design with the cream, decorate with cherries.
If you do not wish do the bread crumbs, then just add another thick layer of cream and decorate with cherries. Adding bread crumbs tastes too good! I prefer bread crumbs out of the cake instead of chocolate, as this will be mild!

A slice for you to welcome the New Year!


  1. Thanks for your wishes...Wishing you too a very happy and prosperous New Year 2012... Delicious looking cake!!

  2. wow... cake looks awesome... bookmarked... wish you a very happy new year..


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