Black Forest Cake





I had to bake a cake for my husband’s Boss Birthday .I am so proud of it since it was quiet a success. Everybody liked it. I wanted to try this cake since a long time. But, I never had the courage to do so. Always had a big doubt about making whipping cream..At first, I was not sure what it is. The 1st time I tried to make, I used Amul cream and whipped with Fork.. Oh God, that was a disaster. After that incident, I researched a lot; I wanted to join a baking class too. However, in my city, it is hard to find baking classes on weekends. On a week day, it is just not possible. Hence, I went through many blogs, youtube and then finally found a store where I could find whipping cream. Believe me or not, I started having night mares two days before I had to actually bake the cake that the whipping cream was disaster 2nd time too. The good bakers must be laughing after reading the story.

Ingredients:

2 cups Flour sieved
1/2 cup German Coco Powder sieved
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar sieved
4 eggs
100 grams butter
1 cup milk
3 tsp baking powder ( 2 tsp baking powder + 1/2 tsp baking soda)
1 tbsp vanilla essence

For Frosting :
200 grams whipping cream( Don’t confuse with Amul Cream, it is different. I am not sure if you can use the cream that sits on top of milk. For Puneites, please note whipping crème is available in Dorabjee, Camp, ABC Farms, Koregaon Park and in some DMart Stores)
4 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence

For the syrup:

1/2 cup water
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Some Cherries (15-20) and 1 Chocolate Bar

Method to bake :

Bring eggs and butter to room temperature.
Whisk butter and sugar together till mixed well.
Add 4 eggs to it one after another. Keep blending with electric beater.
Add vanilla essence.
Mix flour, sugar, coco powder, baking powder and baking soda well with a spoon.
Add 2 tbsp at a time to the batter. Keep blending at the same time.
Once all the flour is added , add milk and blend for few minutes till a ribbon like consistency is achieved.
Grease a baking tray on the sides . Cut out a butter paper and place on the bottom.
Pour the batter into the baking try and bake for 45 minutes in a pre-heated oven (at least 15 minutes) at 180 degree centigrade.
Do a clean toothpick test to check if cake is baked properly.
Allow the cake to cool down.
Turn it over an iron rack. Cake comes out clean.
Remove the butter paper. The sign of a perfect baked cake is when there isn’t a dome formed at the top. The top should be flat.(I read it somewhere) This time it was flat indeed.
Once, cake is completely cool, take a serrated knife to cut cake into 3 parts. This requires quiet a skill. If you don’t have that, use a fine strong thread to cut the cake. Hold the rack tightly/ask somebody to hold it. You can move the thread across the cake. It cuts perfectly .Gently place the pieces on three different plates.

For whipping the cream:

Take a steel container deep bowl and beater and put in freezer for at least 1 hour .
Put the whipping cream in freezer for at least 15 minutes.
Take another container bigger than the steel container taken above and pour ice cubes and some cold water in it. Now place the steel container in it. This is called giving an ice bath. The whipping cream needs to be beaten at 5 degree centigrade
Pour the whipping cream into the container and beat with electric beater, starting with low and gradually increasing speed.
Once you see volume has increased slightly, add sugar and vanilla essence at this time.
Beat again till you get soft peaks. This should take about 4-5 minutes. Remember not to over beat as whipping cream will generate butter and then there is no going back.

Chop some cherries and keep few aside for decorating

For assembling the cake:

Take a thick cardboard and cover with aluminum foil.
Take 1 tbsp cream and spread evenly on the board. Keep the 1st layer of cake on it. It prevents cake from slipping off. Sprinkle some syrup on the 1st layer. This prevents cake from drying out.
Now place a good dollop of cream over it. Spread it evenly. Spread some chopped cherries evenly.
Put the second layer gently and repeat the steps. Put the third layer also.
Cover the whole cake with remaining cream. Grate some chocolate and place it as shown the picture.
Decorate with Cherries and our Black Forest cake is ready.

22 comments:

  1. wow.. pretty cake,, looks really fantastic..

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  2. cake luks really perfect,icing too gud...luks very fresh.Never tried black forest cake,scared to try it...thanks for posting dear.

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  3. Hi
    Lovely cake and well explained! Thanks a ton!
    I am waiting for my OTG to make this cake, but I do not get whipped cream here. Any alternative for that???? Fresh cream won't stand for long time.

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  4. oh my...thats such a beautiful looking cake...loos incredibly delicious..thanks for sharing this!

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  5. wow i love black forest cake but never dare to prepare it ...now i feel i should try it ...ur cake looks simply awesome soma...very perfect n yummy...

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  6. Looks super Soma, Great job, black forest is our fav...

    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  7. looks too good dear.. very tempting click.. gr8 job !!

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  8. superb cake,i really loved it..perfectly done soma...

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  9. Well done dear, finally you have baked this moist and beautiful cake...

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  10. love the new look of your blog...great work on the cake. this is my fav cake of all time.

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  11. Great job Soma.cake looks wonderful.

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  12. cake looks absolutely amazing. This is my favorite. Nicely explained but Soma for the syrup I just need to mix water, sugar and vanilla essence right?

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  13. Cake looks awesome! A delicious treat :-)

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  14. i am not a good baker just on learning face me too faced the same issue while making the cream.. i thought its quite easy.. now i think i can
    the black forest cake so delicious and nicely done good work..hope u had a nice time on the wonderful day

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  15. Lovely cake! I love the way you made it! It's just classic!

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  16. Hey. awesome presentation. Perfectly baked cake. i love black forest cake.

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  17. Nivedita : I really Dont know if there is any alternative unless you a different icing like butter cream icing or royal icing, you can use spray cans also but they dont hold long. So you have to consume it immidiately..You can try Soy Whipped cream also. Its low cal too.

    Deepa, Yes for the syrup, just have sugar, water and vanila essence. You can add alcohol like rum. But we dont consume alcohol.Hence, skipped the portion. You can add cherry syrup too

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  18. Thats a beautiful looking delicious cake, i cant resist those pictures feel like grabbing a piece of it dear:)

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  19. Yummy.........i just drooled for a whole minute over those pics....i will definitely give this one a try....Also if you have any recipes for a pinapple cake please post them.

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  20. Love black forest cake, looks splendid.:)

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