Saturday, 23 March 2013

Black forest gateau (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte)

I made this lovely gateau today. This cake is so much better than anything that is sold under the same name here in Canada.

Here's the recipe:

List of ingredients for dough:
  • 140g of bittersweet and dark chocolate 
  • 75g butter or margarine 
  • 6 eggs 
  • 180g sugar 
  • 100g flour
  • 50g corn starch
  • 2 tsp baking powder 


Melt chocolate and butter together by placing them into a bowl, over a pot of boiling water, stirring regularly.

Separate the eggs. Beat egg whites until a fluffy solid like texture is made. (test with knife)

In a separate bowl, beat egg yolks while adding sugar gradually to make fluffy mixture.

Mix and beat chocolate mixture to the egg yolk and sugar mixture.

In a third bowl, mix flour, starch and baking powder. 

Put half the amount of flour mixture in with the chocolate mix and beat on lowest setting. 

Carefully, with a spoon,  add  1/3 off the egg white snow to the flour /chocolate mix.

Carefully, with a spoon, mix and fold the remaining flour, then add the remaining egg white snow mix, gently fold as well.

Fill into a cake pan and place into pre heated oven at 350°F (175°C).
Bake for 40-45 mins.
Let cool completely. 

After complete cool down, cut cake in 3 separate layers, using string.

List of ingredients for filling and topping:

  • 800 g cherries. Example: red sour cherries, pitted, in light syrup.  (fresh or frozen is good, but NOT in syrup) 
  • 500 ml cherry juice (the same liquid from the jar of cherries, if not enough, use water to top it up)
  • 4 tbsp of corn starch
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 100 ml rum or calvados (for non alcohol, use cherry juice or jam)
  • 800 ml whipping cream  (3-4 packs of Whip It cream stabilizer)
  • 30g sugar
  •  a few drops of vanilla extract 
  • 100g dark chocolate (or any other chocolate)
  • Make sure to save some cherries for decoration! 



Mix the corn starch with the sugar in a small bowl, add 3 tbl of the cherry juice. 

Heat remainder of cherry juice in pot until boiling 

Pour starch and sugar mix into pot and whisk until all power is dissolved 

The mixture shoulder a thick texture, remove from heat, add cherries. 

Let cool.

Add 50ml of the 100ml of rum. Use remaining rum to sprinkle over the two bottom cake layers.

Using tin foil, make a ring around thebottom layer of cake. Make sure it's higher than the cake pan. Place the cake ring back on.

On the bottom layer of cake, add 1/2 of cherry mixture 

In a big bowl, whip up thecream with the stabilizer, the sugar and the vanilla extract. 

Take 1/4 of the cream and place evenly on the cherry layer.

Now, add middle layer of cake on top of cream layer.

Now add rest of cherry mixture on top of that middle layer.  

Let cool.

Place another 1/4 of the cream on top of cherries. 

Sprinkles rest of rum.

Place top layer of cake.

Add 1/4 of cream.

Sprinkle any kind of shaved chocolate on top of cream.

Now, decorate with rest of cream, little blobs around around three cake and in the middle. Also decorate with remaining cherries. Also, if there is any cream left over. Spread around the sides of the cake.

Take pictures.

EAT :)

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