Black Forest Gateau
Black Forest Gateau is one of the few bakes that I've never actually made before so when a work colleague asked for one for his birthday I was up for the challenge!
Normally it would contain a cherry liquor called Kirsch but being at work, I had to change it up a bit!
For the cake:
- 5 large eggs
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 250g caster sugar
- 45g cocoa powder
- 100g plain flour
- 150g unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
For the filling and decoration
- 100g dark chocolate
- 2tbsp raspberry jam
- 410g tin black cherry filling
- 600ml double cream
- 75g caster sugar
- 2tsp banilla extract
- three 20cm cake tins
- piping bag fitted with a star nozzle
- Preheat the oven to 180C, fan 160, gas mark 4. Grease and line your cake tins.
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, vanilla extract and caster sugar for a minimum of 10 minutes. The mixture should leave a slight trail when the whisk is lifted out of the mixture.
- Sift in the cocoa powder and plain flour before folding this in. Stir in the melted butter.
- Split the cake mixture between the 3 prepared tins and bake for 20-25 minutes or until springy to the touch. Cool for 5 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack and allowing to cool completely.
- Shave the dark chocolate using a peeler or knife. Chill the shavings in the fridge whilst you assemble the cake.
- Whip together the double cream, sugar and vanilla extract until a thick and spreadable cream forms. On a plate or cake board, spread a little bit of the cream in the centre before placing down the first cake layer. Spread this evenly with the raspberry jam before adding your second layer.
- Spread this layer with about half of cream before adding half the tin of black cherry filling. Top this with your third and final layer of cake.
- Pop the remainder of your cream into the piping bag and now cover the entire cake with cream before using a palette knife to spread it out evenly. Pipe a circle of cream splodges around the top of the cake before filling this circle with the remaining cherry filling!
- Take the chocolate shavings and press some around the sides of the cake (they will stick thanks to the cream) and then sprinkle some over the top too!
- Make a cuppa, kick your legs up and enjoy this little moment of joy!
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