Black Forest Cake

I took my chocolate cake recipe and made this…

Black Forest Cake

2 cups flour
2 cups caster sugar
4 eggs
4 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp fine cloves
1/4 tsp fine nutmeg
1/2 tsp fine cinnamon
125 gr butter
5ml vanilla essence
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cocoa
1 can black cherries (drained, liquid kept)
1 shot triple sec
Whipped cream

Preheat the oven 180 C

Prepare two cake tins
Beat eggs (yolk & white together) and sugar until light and fluffy
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and other spices together. I shift it 3 times
Pour boiled water on cocoa and butter and mix until smooth
Add dry ingredients to egg and sugar mixture and then add cocoa mixture while stirring slowly. Mix well, but take care not to over mix. Use a fold- in motion
Pour equal amounts of cake batter into two tins

Once you remove the cake from the oven, place on cooling rack, poke holes in with a skewer or toothpick.
Combine the juice of the cherries and triple sec. Brush over three or four times the top of still warm cakes. You want it nice a moist, but not soggy.

Whip up cream. Use cream as icing, cover one half with cream. Gently squash the black cherries between your forefinger and thumb, and place on top of whipped cream. Place second half on top and cover top with cream. Decorate with fresh cherries and chocolate shavings.

Bake for 20 minutes @ 180 C

This recipe makes 2 layers, to make 4 layers, just double up.

When placing cakes in the oven, make sure the cake tins sides are not touching each other, or any part of the oven.

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