Black Forest Cake – Behind The Curtain Dessert Challenge

by Kate on February 14, 2013

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m not so big on this holiday. Never have been. I’m even less enthralled with it since I got married mostly because I have the good fortune of being married to a man who honestly makes nearly ever day feel like Valentine’s Day. I get little notes in the most obscure places. X’s and O’s on the bathroom mirror. I love you written on a carton of milk. A note folded and stuck inside my sneaker to be discovered later in the day. Even the tube of toothpaste has been known to deliver terms of endearment. My husband has always done these nice little things and make me feel special daily. I try to make sure I let him know how much I love and appreciate him too with little gestures. So I truly don’t need Valentine’s Day to feel loved or to show love.

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But if you’re a lover of all things hearts and flowers and Valentine’s Day holds a special place in your heart, then Happy Valentine’s Day and I hope you have a fantastic one. This cake is an exceptionally tasty way to let someone know you care. It looks fancy and takes a few steps but it isn’t overly time consuming. Just enough to let someone know you made a little extra effort for them.

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In life there are so many flavor combinations that really get my mouth watering. Like orange and chocolate, strawberries and balsamic vinegar, goat cheese and pretty much anything with goat cheese. I also truly love cherries and chocolate together. There’s a new challenge in town called Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge hosted by Lady Behind the Curtain. Each month we’ll be given two ingredients to come up with a delectable dessert. This month our ingredients were, yep you guessed it… chocolate and cherries.

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Almost immediately I knew I wanted to make a black forest cake. I’ve never made one before and much like me, Maddy is a huge fan of chocolate and cherries so I knew this cake would be a huge hit. Oh boy, was it ever! This moist chocolate cake is brushed with a kirsch simple syrup. The layers are filled with poached cherries and whipped cream frosting tops it all off making this one very special cake. We served it at a family dinner with my in-laws and there was only a sliver left at the end.

Enjoy!

~K

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Black Forest Cake

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8-10 servings

Black Forest Cake

A moist chocolate cake filled with whipped cream frosting and poached cherries.

Ingredients

    For the filling:
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups dark sweet cherries, such as Bing, pitted and cut in half
  • For the cake:
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 6 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • For the sugar syrup:
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup reserved poaching liquid
  • 1 teaspoon kirsch
  • For the frosting:
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Garnish (optional):
  • grated semisweet chocolate or chocolate curls

Instructions

    Make the filling:
  1. In a medium sauce pan combine the water and granulated sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and bring the liquid to a boil. Add the cherries to the water mixture and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until cherries are tender. Let the cherries and poaching liquid cool. Drain the cherries, reserving 1/4 cup of the liquid. Set aside.
  2. Make the cake:
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line three round 9-inch baking pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
  4. Sift together the cake flour and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  5. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk together the eggs, vanilla and sugar on medium speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and whisk until the eggs have tripled in volume, about 5 minutes.
  6. Sift the flour mixture over the egg mixture and gently fold in just until incorporated. Add one large scoop of the egg mixture to the melted butter and fold in. Add the butter mixture back into the bowl and gently fold in just until incorporated.
  7. Evenly distribute the batter between the three prepared pans.
  8. Bake for about 15 minutes until top is nicely puffed. Transfer pans to a wire rack and cook cakes completely in the pans.
  9. Make the syrup:
  10. In a small sauce pan, combine the granulated sugar and reserved poaching liquid. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved then removed from heat and cool to room temperature. Once cool add the kirsch.
  11. Make the frosting:
  12. In a bowl, beat the heavy cream and confectioners' sugar until medium peaks form.
  13. Assemble the cake:
  14. Place one cake layer on a cake stand and brush with some of the syrup. Spread 1/4 of the whipped cream over the cake layer and scatter half the cherries over the whipped cream.
  15. Top with the second cake layer. Brush this layer with some of the syrup. Spread another 1/4 of the whipped cream over the cake and top with the remaining cherries.
  16. Place the last cake layer on top and brush with syrup. Spread the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting.
  17. Grate some semisweet chocolate over the top. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  18. Enjoy!

Notes

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma

https://foodbabbles.com/black-forest-cake/



{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Greg Patent February 14, 2013 at 8:10 am

Gorgeous cake, Kate, and beautifully photographed. I’m inspired to make it again–one of my favorite combinations of chocolate and cherries. I also add kirsch to the whipped cream!

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Kate February 15, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Thank you so much, Greg! I love your addition of kirsch to the whipped cream.

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Emily {jelly toast} February 14, 2013 at 8:22 am

I can’t believe how much we have in common with favorite combos! I am not good at hiding my goat cheese obsession and I love dousing a bowl of strawberries with balsamic vinegar for an easy dessert:) and now this! I have had Black Forest on the brain for some reason, but have yet to make anything with those flavors. This cake looks incredible! Now I know what I have to make 🙂 thanks so much for sharing and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Kate February 15, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day too Emily! And clearly, great minds think alike 😉 I’m so happy to hear you like this cake.

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Mary Kay February 14, 2013 at 8:48 am

I also love chocolate and cherries – cherry cordials are my favorite! This looks divine!

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Kate February 15, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Oh yes! Cherry cordials are easily something I could do some damage on, Mary Kay.

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Carrie @ poet in the pantry February 14, 2013 at 9:21 am

Your husband sounds like a real sweetheart! <3 Chocolate and cherry are always a winning combination. Your cake looks delicious!

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Kate February 15, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Thanks Carrie! And yep, he’s a keeper!

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suzanne February 14, 2013 at 11:24 am

Lucky girl, your husband sounds like a dream. You also have a gorgeous family! That cake is stunning, I love black forest cakes. Just beautiful!

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Kate February 15, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Thank you Suzanne! For all the compliments on my family as well as this cake.

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet February 14, 2013 at 11:37 am

Love this story, Kate! And your cake is stunning!

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Kate February 15, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Thank you Anna!

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Kim Bee February 14, 2013 at 11:50 am

Black Forest is my favourite. I can’t get enough of it. This looks truly stunning and I just want to dive head first into it.

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Kate February 15, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Oh, black forest is an all-time favorite of mine as well. So happy to have finally made it at home. Thanks for your kind words!

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ChristineM February 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm

awesome lookin’ cake there! So glad you and your hubby share a special marriage that is filled with love every day. Congrats! Mine ? we have been together going on 23 years and he still surprises me!

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Kate February 15, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Congrats to YOU Christine!! 23 years, that’s wonderful! I hope to have that many (hopefully more!) happy years together.

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Barb | Creative Culinary February 14, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Valentine’s Day does bring up a lot of emotions; many good and some not so good. It’s a day I could live without but not for your reasons AT ALL Kate!!

Still…I do love a Black Forest cake and this looks divine. I could make it and eat it all!

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Kate February 15, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Thanks Barb!

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Liz February 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Thanks for sharing you beautiful cake! Love Black Forest – delicious 🙂

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Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain February 14, 2013 at 8:05 pm

What a great recipe! Thanks for participating in The Dessert Challenge. I can’t wait to see what you make for next month’s challenge. ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

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Kate February 15, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Looking forward to it Sheryl! Thanks for hosting a wonderful challenge.

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Liz February 14, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Wow! Such a gorgeous cake…and perfect for Valentine’s Day!!!

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Jeannie February 14, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Very decadent, I remembered this cake is the most requested one for birthday cakes! Looks wonderful!

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Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough February 15, 2013 at 10:20 am

Ooooh, I LOVE black forest cherry cakes! And yours is simply gorgeous.

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Teri @ The Freshman Cook February 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm

What a beautiful cake! Great recipe!

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courtney February 16, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Wow this looks so yummy! It sounds like you have one wonderful hubby!! how sweet it was reading that! I love to read things like that 🙂

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Kate February 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Thanks Courtney! I’m happy you like this recipe and I seriously lucked out with my hubby. He’s so wonderful!

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Robin February 17, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I love Black Forest Cake. Thanks for sharing at Fluster’s Creative Muster. Looking forward to seeing what you link up next week.

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Karly February 19, 2013 at 8:24 pm

That is a GORGEOUS cake!

Thanks for linking up to What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

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Kate February 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Thank you Karly! I’m so happy you think so. It was definitely devoured quickly here!

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Emily @ Sweet Bella Roos February 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm

You and your hubby are too cute, and this cake is gorgeous! My fam loves black forest cake, so this would be a huge hit. Thanks for sharing at Pin It Thursday!

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Kate February 21, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Thanks for hosting Emily! And thank you for the feature too. I’m so happy you liked this cake!

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Cathy May 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm

This looks amazing! New follower through Facebook.

I would love for you to share this and link up to my TGIF Link Party! Who knows, you just might be featured next week!

http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-peek-into-my-paradise-tgif-link-party.html

Cathy

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Kate May 7, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Thanks Cathy and thanks for letting me know about your linky!

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