Classic Black Forest Cake

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    Classic Black Forest Cake

    Classic Black Forest Cake


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    About this recipe: A classic recipe for everyone's kitschy favourite - Black Forest Gateau! This may seem like a chore to make, but the end result is well worth it. Layers of chocolate sponge, black cherry topping and whipped cream icing.

    Serves: 12 

    • 265g plain flour
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 65g unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 3 eggs
    • 250ml milk
    • 120ml vegetable oil
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 3 (425g) tins black cherries
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 4 tablespoons cornflour
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 750ml whipping cream
    • 5 tablespoons icing sugar

    Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour two 23cm (9 in) round cake tins; cover bottoms with baking parchment.
    2. In a large bowl, combine flour, 400g sugar, cocoa, baking powder, bicarb and salt. Add eggs, milk, oil and 1 tablespoon vanilla; beat until well blended. Pour cake mixture into prepared tins.
    3. Bake for 35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into centre comes out clean. Cool layers in tins on wire racks for 10 minutes. Loosen edges, and remove to racks to cool completely.
    4. To make the cherry topping: Drain cherries, reserving 125ml juice. Combine reserved juice, cherries, 200g sugar and cornflour in a 2 litre saucepan. Cook over low heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cool before using.
    5. To make the whipped cream icing: Combine whipping cream and icing sugar in a chilled medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form.
    6. With long serrated knife, split each cake layer horizontally in half. Break one split layer apart into crumbs; set aside. Reserve 1/4 of the whipped cream icing for decorating cake; set aside. Gently brush loose crumbs off top and side of each cake layer with pasty brush or hands.
    7. To assemble: Place one cake layer on cake plate. Spread with whipped cream icing, then top with 180ml cherry topping. Top with second cake layer; repeat layers of whipped cream icing and cherry topping. Top with third cake layer. Ice side of cake. Pat reserved crumbs onto icing on side of cake. Spoon reserved icing into pastry bag fitted with star tip. Pipe around top and bottom edges of cake. Spoon remaining cherry topping onto top of cake.
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    Best Black Forest EVER!!!!! 🎂  -  11 Oct 2015


    Loved this recipe! My neighbor gave me a great tip. Instead of cutting the cakes with a knife, use a piece of regular sewing string and wrap it around the center of the cake, pull it through and viola! You've cut your cake with no crumbs!  -  08 Feb 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Fabulous. The best black forest cake recipe I've tried, and I've tried a lot. The cake baked up beautifully, the cherries were perfect, and the whole thing just came together wonderfully. The only change I made (and I heartily recommend it)is that I made a syrup out of 1/2 cup reserved cherry juice, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup Kirsch (cherry liqueur - added after the juice/sugar simmered for a bit and then cooled). I drizzled this syrup over the cake sections before I spread the cherries and whipped cream on. It added moisture and tied everything together. Yum!  -  30 Apr 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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