Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Black Forest cake

Black Forest Cake is a Chocolate layered cake made rich with whipping cream, cherries and chocolate shavings, looks so temping and great yet so simple to make. This cakes needs just few basic cake ingredients, and the process is less complicated. So friends, lets go through the process of this great looking Black forest cake and Enjoyyy!!!

  • All purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups
  • Dark cocoa powder - 3/4 cup (I used dutch processed dark cocoa powder which I bought from Costco, u can use dark chocolate as well which contains 60% cocoa content and melt it by double boiling method and mix it with the beaten egg yolk)
  • Sugar - 3/4 cup + 1/4 cup
  • Eggs - 4
  • Heavy whipping cream - 2 1/2 cups(Refrigerate the whipping cream and the bowl you are gonna use to whip the cream before you start to whip it) 
  • Maraschino cherries - 1 small tin, few chopped + few whole for decorating and finishing(I used normal cherries since I did not get maraschino cherries)
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp
  • Oil- 1/2 cup
  • Butter - 1/4 cup
  • Powdered Sugar -1/4 cup(to whip the cream)
  • Vanilla essence -1 tsp + 1tsp
  • Water -1/2 cup + 2-3 tbsp sugar(to make sugar syrup or use cherry syrup of maraschino cherry while layering the cake)
  • Chocolate bars -4 oz(Make chocolate shavings out of it with a veg peeler) 
Preparation Method:-

Make the chocolate cake:
  • Separate the egg yolk and white in two different bowls taking care, no traces of yolk gets into white.
Beat the york well to get a thick creamy texture. Add 3/4 cup sugar and beat again.
Egg york in the process of beating
  • Add the butter, cooking oil, 1tsp vanilla essence and beat in low speed till everything mixes evenly.
  •  Beat egg whites by adding 1/4 cup of sugar gradually to get a white cream. Make sure the egg whites do not have any traces of yolks and the beater is clean and dry.
  • In another bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder.
  • Now Incorporate the york mixture and flour mixture. Fold in the beaten egg white and mix everything gently to get a thin batter. If the batter goes thick add a bit low fat milk.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Grease a 9 inch round cake pan and use a cooking spray to grease the pan.(since you have to get cake layers either make a big cake and cut horizontally into three or four by running a knife carefully or make cakes in two or three separate pans. I baked two separate cake out of this batter and sliced each cake into two to get four layered cake.)

  •  Pour the batter and bake the cake for 25-30 mins or until a knife or toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Set aside to let it cool. Slice the cake horizontally into 3-4 slices and keep aside.
  • Boil the water and add 2-3 tbsp of sugar to it, keep stirring it till it become like a syrup not too thick but just reduce a bit.
  • Insert the fork slowly all over the sliced cake make o make small holes. Sprinkle the syrup over the sliced cake and set aside
Preparing the whipping cream:
  • In a clean and refrigerated bowl add the whipping cream and beat from low to medium speed for 4-5 mins.
  • Once the cream starts to thicken add the powdered sugar gradually and whip for a minute or two.
  • Add the vanilla essence and low speed just to mix it well with the cream. Set aside. The cream should be firm not runny

Layering the cake:
  • Place a sliced cake on  a plate, top with 2-3 scoop of whipped cream, spread it evenly, top with some chopped cherries.
  • Top it with another cake slice and repeat the process till you top up with the last slice of cake.
  • Spread the top and sides of the cake with whipped cream nicely and evenly.
  • Decorate with chocolate shaving on the top and sides of the cake.
  • Garnish with  few whole cherries. Your black forest cake is ready to Serve..

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