Cookbook:Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake
CategoryCake recipes
Servings8 slices
Time3 hours

Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes | German Cuisine

Black Forest Cake, sometimes called by the French gateau, gateaux or gâteau (meaning "cake"), is a chocolate cake with a strong cherry element. The recipe originates from Germany, where it is called Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte.

Ingredients edit

Cake edit

Pastry base edit

Misc. edit

Procedure edit

Cake edit

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together well.
  2. Melt the chocolate and beat into the creamed mixture, then beat in the eggs.
  3. Sift flour, salt and cinnamon together.
  4. Fold the dry mix lightly into the liquids, then fold in the sour cream and cold coffee.
  5. Pour the mixture into a lined and greased 9-inch round, deep cake tin, and bake for 1 hour and 25 minutes.
  6. Set to cool on a wire rack.

Pastry base edit

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and bind until the mixture stiffens.
  2. Roll the pastry onto a floured board worktable until pastry is about the same size as the base of the cake tin.
  3. Lay out on baking sheet and bake for 20–25 minutes at 350°F, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Assembly edit

  1. Whip cream until it holds its shape.
  2. Put some whipped cream into pastry piping bag with a star tip attached, and reserve this for the decoration.
  3. Slice the cake horizontally into 3 equal-sized layers.
  4. Drain the cherries, reserve 8 for decoration and remove the stones from the remainder.
  5. Put pastry on serving plate and spread the pastry with black cherry jam.
  6. Soak the cakes with brandy or cherry juice.
  7. Put one layer of cake on top of coated pastry.
  8. Spread a layer of cream on the cake, and top with half the stoned cherries.
  9. Add the second layer of cake, then another layer of cream and cherries.
  10. Top with the final layer of the cake.
  11. Cover the entire cake with the remaining cream, and press on the grated chocolate.
  12. Decorate the top with piped rosettes of cream and the reserved whole black cherries.

Notes, tips and variations edit

  • Using 3 identical cake pans instead of 1 large one is acceptable.
  • Margarine, vegetable oil or regular butter will substitute for Irish butter.
  • In some countries (e.g. Austria and Australia) the brandy is often replaced by rum, in Germany itself it is almost always replaced by Kirschwasser.
  • Cakes usually work at between 325°F and 400°F (160°C and 205°C). Pastries usually work at between 350°F and 425°F (175°C and 220°C).