Thursday, March 31, 2011

German Dessert How to make Black Forest Cake

Black Forest cake is a southern German dessert. The cake is named not directly after the Black Forest mountain range in southwestern Germany but from the specialty liquor of that region, known as Schwarzwälder Kirschwasser and distilled from tart cherries.

  • 1 2/3 cups cake flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 ounces brandy
  • 12 ounces buttermilk
  • 16 ounces heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 ounce semisweet baking chocolate
  • 4 ounces shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • salt - 1 pinch
  • 8 ounces butter
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 teaspoons kirsch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coffee (very strong)
  • 14 ounces sweet cherries in heavy syrup, drained
  • 12 ounces sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

·  In a mixing bowl, combine cake flour, baking soda, cocoa and one teaspoon of salt, mix well and keep it aside.
·  Take cream shortening in a medium sized mixing bowl and add sugar to it. Stir continuously till the mixture becomes light and fluffy. Add eggs along with the vanilla essence into it and mix thoroughly.
·  Add the above mixture into the flour mixture, along with 8 ounces of buttermilk. Mix well till all the ingredients are blended completely.
·  Take two 8 inches round pans and pour the prepared cake mixture into it. Bake both the pans in a 350 degrees preheated oven for at least 30-35 minutes or till it is completely done. Do the toothpick test to check whether the cake is baked fully before taking it out.
·  Let the baked cakes cool completely. Once this is done, slice the cakes from the center horizontally. Pour 2 ounces brandy on the cut side of both the cakes and set aside.
·  Beat the butter in another bowl till it becomes light and fluffy. Add a pinch of salt, coffee, remaining buttermilk, confectioners’ sugar and mix well.
·  Take one layer of the cake on a plate and spread 1/3 of the filling on it evenly. Place 1/3 of the cherries on top of it and place another layer of cake above it and repeat the same procedure.
·  Once all layers are been filled, make a mixture with 3 teaspoons brandy and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and pour over the cake. Prepare icing by whisking cream in a bowl and adding it to the uppermost layer. 

*To decorate the cake, sprinkle chocolate shavings on top of the cake.

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