Last time I made this cake was around a year ago. I even blogged about it. It’s worth a second blog though, and this time in a new and rather improved form.
Black forest cake is definitely a summer cake. It’s light (despite all the cream! or should I say because of all the cream) and can hold plenty of fruit.
Though, being so well-suited to brandied or preserved cherries, it makes for a wonderful winter cake too.
I guess it is an all seasons sort of cake after all.The sweetness level in this cake is minimalist, which is all you need, and keeps it refreshing.
It’s so easy for sweetness to add up when you have a cake with multiple components–it’s happened to me before. However, the only added sugar is in the chiffon cake. The cream and cherries are unsweetened, and the cake is brushed with plain kirsh instead of a syrup.
This cake did suffer from an overly high cake:cream ratio…though I also really like cream, so this is based off my own standards.
black forest cake
chocolate chiffon cake
Adapted from my mum’s recipe. I found the cake layers a bit thick–cake to cream ratio was too high–so I would consider making a quarter of the batter into cupcakes so as to have thinner cake layers.
80 g cocoa powder
260 mL boiling water
130 g all purpose flour
50 g spelt flour
140 g sugar
11 g baking powder
1 tsp salt
5 large egg yolks
100 g oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 c egg whites (6-8 egg whites)
cream of tartar
Preheat oven to 325F. Line the bottom and sides of 3 7″/18 cm cake tins (preferably springform for ease of removal) with parchment paper.
Mix the cocoa powder and boiling water until smooth. Let cool.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, salt and baking powder. Separately, whisk together the egg yolks, oil and vanilla, and then combine with the cocoa powder mixture.
Whip the egg whites until foamy, add the cream of tartar and continue whipping until they reach stiff peaks.
Add the cocoa powder and egg yolk mixture to the flour and beat until smooth. Fold in a large spoonful of the egg whites completely, then fold in the remaining egg whites, maintaining as much aeration as you can.
Evenly divide the batter between the three pans.
Bake for around half an hour. An inserted skewer should be removed with only a few crumbs clinging. I then let the cakes cool in the oven, holding the door ajar with the aid of a wooden spoon handle.
1 very generous bowlful cherries, pitted and halved
a lot of heavy cream
Mix the cherries and a few tbsp of kirsch and allow to sit in the fridge overnight. The next day cook together in a saucepan until the cherries are softened and the juices are nice and thick. Let cool completely.
After they have cooled, slice off the top of two of the cake layers to make the surface flat and even. Brush with some kirsch. Do not slice the remaining layer–keep that for the top of the cake (and perhaps do not brush it with kirsch either…I wonder if the whipped cream might slip off).
Whip the cream in a bowl until billowy and stiff.
Place one layer on a plate, spread with a generous amount of whipped cream, and top with half of the cherries. Place the next layer on top and repeat. Place the final layer. Spread with whipped cream and pile some more whipped cream onto the very centre of the cake to add height. Here you may want to chill the cake to help everything set.
Pile some strawberries and cherries onto your lovely pile of whipped cream. It does tend to gradually fall, so I would place the strawberries and cherries right before serving.
And I assure you, it is impossible to cut a nice piece from this cake that will stand and hold its ground.