Saturday, March 17, 2012

Moist Black Forest Cake

Wish you a very Happy Birthday Arnab!

It was my friend Arnab's birthday and I really wanted to make a homemade cake for his party and what else could have been better than a nice and moist Black Forest Cake.

As I share my cooking experiences, you will see that I will talk a lot about my friends and family whom I love to cook for. Arnab and I studied together at business school and he is an awesome friend and an amazing cook himself. Arnab recently got married to Pam ("How did you get so lucky Arnab?" :) ) which makes this Birthday all the more special.

Black Forest Cake
Adapted from Hershey's  Deep Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe

For the Cake:

2 cups powdered sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour / maida
3/4 cup Cocoa (I use Cadburys)
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk (room temperature)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons brandy (optional)

For the Icing and Decoration:

2 cups whipped cream
1 tin of cherries 
3 tablespoons brandy
Sugar syrup to soak the cake (1/3 cup sugar + 1 cup water)
Chocolate shavings

  • Mix sugar syrup and brandy and soak cherries in the mix while you prepare the cake
  • Heat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 10" spring-form pan with butter paper and keep aside
  • Sieve together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt a few times so that all the dry ingredients mix together properly
  • Mix sugar and oil together using a whisk and then add eggs one at a time followed by vanilla extract. Beat for two minutes
  • Add in about 1/3 of the dry ingredients and about 1/3 of the milk. Mix properly and repeat with remaining dry ingredients and milk 
  • Once done, add boiling water to the batter (Note: Batter will be thin in consistency)
  • Bake the cake for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer / knife comes out clean
  • Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes before taking out of the pan. Let it cool completely on a wire rack
Decorating the Cake

  • Cut the cake into two layers using a sharp knife
  • Take the cherries out of the brandy and sugar syrup and use the syrup to soak the base layer of the cake
  • Spread whipped cream on the bottom layer and put cherries. Put the second layer and pour the syrup to moisten the top layer of the cake as well
  • Spread whipped cream on the top layer and decorate using cherries and chocolate shavings

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