Cherries, Chocolate and Cream, so much cream…

YAY my first actual cooking post! Please enjoy =)

Actuallly Written: 24th June 2011

Cake closh – check; fancy topping – check, taste – hell yes, I mean check =]

My brother had a Uni party for the first time at our house and it gave me an
excuse to create a massive 20cm diameter springform cake (I usually have to cut
down recipes to 1/4 – 1/8 for my family unless no chocolate is involved and
still it’s half – sacrilegious no?)

Black Forest Cake 2011 Bhaiya Uni Party 2


Being the younger sister, I am naturally adorable (psssht!) but a massive cream
filled cake isn’t going to lessen my chances of snagging some good looking
friends will it? Nah, not interested yet, a cake is enough for me!

Black Forest Cake 2011 Bhaiya Uni Party 1

This cake is the definition of big, bold and beautiful
and the best part is that it is so easy to make!!!

It is true, I decorated this differently to the Women’s
Day recipe booklet I got it from but hey, I would still eat this! I also
swirled some leftover cherry syrup on top for a sophisticated look but it
melted into the icing and became quite see-through – If you plan to do this
PLEASE use red food colouring! I also made it completely non-alcoholic with
syrup reserved instead of cherry liquor!

Black Forest Cake
The Australian Women’s Weekly Chocolate Cakes Mini Recipe Booklet

Serves: 10-12


  • 250g butter, chopped
  • 1 tbs espresso coffee powder
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) hot water
  • 200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups (440g) caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups (225g) self-raising flour
  • 1 cup (150g) plain flour
  • 1/4 cup (25g) cocoa powder (I love Nestlé’s!)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 600ml thickened cream
  • 1/4 cup cherry liquor/reserved cherry syrup
  • 2x 425g cans cherries, drained (reserved if
    desired) and halved


  1. Preheat
    oven to  150 degrees C. Grease a deep
    22cm-round cake pan. Line pan with baking paper on base and sides.
  2. Melt
    butter in a medium saucepan. Stir in combined coffee and hot water. Add
    chocolate and sugar and stir over a low heat until all ingredients are combined
    and smooth (do not let boil). Take off heat and let cool to warm.
  3. Combine
    all dry ingredients in a bowl.
  4. Beat
    the cooled mixture on low speed using an electric mixture for 1 minute.
    Gradually beat in dry ingredients in three batches, letting each batch be
    completely incorporated before adding the next.
  5. Beat
    in each egg at a time. Beat in essence. Pour mixture into prepared cake tin.
  6. Bake
    for 1 3/4 hours. Stand cake in pan for 5 minutes before turning onto a wire
    rack. Cool completely.
  7. Beat
    cream until firm peaks form. Trim cake top until flat and level. Split cake
    into 3 layers (must be cool to do this!). Place on layer on a serving plate,
    brush with reserved syrup/liquor. Top with 1/3 of cream and spread evenly. Top
    with 1/2 the cherries. Repeat with second cake layer. On top cake layer, evenly
    spread remaining 1/3 cream. Decorate as desired.


  1. Pingback: It’s the season to bake! – Foodvisors gets to know Choc Chip Uru! | Foodvisors Blog

Sweet Comments Welcome!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.