It's cake time! Last year at this time baked my first cake from scratch for aswin's birthday. So when the year did a full circle, I wondered about what to make for this year. I initially thought of Tiramisu, but didn't have enough ingredients or the time. I settled on the next favorite cake - Black Forest but with some modifications.
Usually, being the novice, I stay away from the decoration. But this time I decided to give it a try and wasn't disappointed. It did look and taste great!
So now for the modifications. I didn't use cocoa powder in the cake. Rather I chopped a full bar of 100% cocoa (wow, that's bitter!) and mixed it in the dough. It gave a great texture to the cake. The chocolate shavings are also from the 100% cocoa bar. Also, I used brown sugar instead of white which gave some of the color to the cake. And I mixed some of the cherry liqueur in the whipped cream for some extra flavor to the cake.
The cake turned out delicious, moist and not too sweet, my favorite kind! And don't try to figure out the candles, it's complicated :)
Cake1 ¾ cups flour
2 cups brown sugar
1 100% cocoa bar - chopped thin
2 tspoons baking powder
1/2 tspoon salt
1 cup milk
½ bar butter - melted
1 tspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup hot water
2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tbspoon cherry liquor
1 cup cherries (1/2 chopped thin, keep the rest aside)
1/3 cup cherry syrup
Preheat oven to 350 degF. Grease and flour two round pans. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Then add the chocolate. Add the eggs, milk, butter and lastly vanilla. Stir till it mixes well together. Then add the hot water and mix for a couple more minutes. Then pour the batter on the pans and bake for 30-40 min till a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out dry. Cool for an hour.
Mix all the ingredients till soft peaks form.
Soak the cherries in the syrup. Take the full cherries out and set aside. Mix the chopped cherries with the cherry sryup.
Assembling the Cake
Place one layer of cake on a serving plate.
Sprinkle half of the cherry syrup and chopped cherries on the cake.
Then spread the whipped cream.
Put the second layer of cake on top.
Sprinkle the rest of the cherry sryup and chopped cherries on top.
Then top it with whipped cream.
Add the chocolate shavings the rest of the cherries on top.
Refrigerate overnight. This helps set the cream and the cherries.
This was quite a treat :)