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Black Forest Cake

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Serves 6

This is my favorite cake. My grand mother taught me how to prepare Black Forest Cake.

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  • Ingredients
  • ½ cup (110 g) butter, softened
  • 1+¼ cup (275 g) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1+¼ cup (140 g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (50 g) unsweetened cocoa powder, natural
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (1.8 dl) buttermilk
  • Ingredients for filling
  • ¼ cup Kirschwasser (Kirsch/cherry brandy), optional
  • 2 cans (14 oz or 400 g) cherry pie filling or pitted cherries
  • 3 cups (7.2 dl) heavy whipping cream, chilled
  • ¼ cup confectioners' sugar
  • Milk chocolate curls or shavings, for garnish
  • Maraschino cherries or sweet cherries, for garnish, optional


    1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F (Gas mark 4 or 180 deg C). Line a 9 inch (23 cm) cake pan with greaseproof or other non-stick paper. With an electric mixer, beat the softened butter with sugar until white and fluffy. Add one egg at a time, mix well between each egg. Add sifted flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract and buttermilk, and mix until the batter is smooth. Transfer to a cake pan and bake at 350 degrees just until set in the middle, approximately 45-60 minutes. A wooden pick inserted in center should come out with just a few moist crumbs on it. Do not over-bake! When cake is cool, use a long serrated knife to cut the cake horizontally into 3 equal layers. It is easier to cut if kept in a refrigerator for a few hours before cutting.
    2. Filling Drain cherry pie filling in a colander to remove most of the thickened juices. Beat the whipping cream with confectioners' sugar until it thickens. Using a vegetable peeler, shave chocolate; refrigerate until the cake is assembled.

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