Thursday, 19 May 2011

Do You Like Schwarzwaelder Torte or Black Forest Cake?

When travelling to Germany, don't miss ordering these gems of
German cakes, Schwarzwaelder Torte or Black Forest Cake. If you
are not in Germany and have time to experiment on baking,
here's one recipe I found in the internet courtesy of CD Kitchen.

2 eggs -- separate out yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 3/4 cup cake flour, sifted
1 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup salad oil
1 cup milk, divided
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled


1 can (20 oz.) tart cherries -- drained
1/2 cup port wine
1 tablespoon kirsch
3 drops almond extract


3 ounces semisweet chocolate
3 tablespoons kirsch
1 egg, well beaten
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons sugar


6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 package (16 oz.) confectioner's sugar -- sifted
1/4 cup light cream
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


CHERRY FILLING: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate overnight.
Drain thoroughly.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease and flour 2 nine inch round cake pans. In a large mixing bowl beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add in 1/2 cup sugar, beating until soft peaks from again. In a large mixer bowl sift together flour, 1 cup sugar and salt. Add oil and 1/2 cup milk.

Beat for 1 minute at medium, on electric mixer, scraping down side of bowl often. Add remaining milk, egg yolks and chocolate. Beat 1 minutes longer, scraping down sides of bowl frequently. Gently fold in egg whites. Pour into prepared pans and bake for 30 - 35 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes then remove from pans and allow to cool completely on racks. Split each layer in half, horizontally, to make 4 thin layers. Set aside.

In the top of a double boiler, combine Kirsch and chocolate. Stir until melted and smooth. Slowly stir into egg. In a mixing bowl whip cream with sugar. Fold cream into chocolate. Refrigerate and chill for 2 hours.

In a large mixer bowl cream butter and gradually add in half the sugar. Beat in 2 tablespoons cream and the vanilla extract. Gradually blend in remaining sugar, adding enough cream to make it a spreading consistency.

Spread 1/2 cup frosting on the cut side of a cake layer. With remaining frosting make 1 ridge, 1/2 inch wide and 3/4 inch high around the outside of the layer you just frosted. Make another ridge 2 inches in from the outside edge. Chill 30 minutes.

Fill the space between the two ridges with the cherry filling. Spread second layer with chocolate mousse and place unfrosted side atop first layer. Chill 30 minutes. Whip 2 cups whipped cream with 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Spread third layer with 1 1/2 cups whipped cream and place atop second layer. Top with fourth layer. Frost sides of cake with 1/4 cup whipped cream. Sift confectioner's sugar over top. Garnish with dollops of remaining whipped cream, maraschino cherries and chocolate curls. Chill 2 hours before serving.
This recipe from CDKitchen for Black Forest Cake serves/makes 8

And if you wish to bring them home as sweet souvenirs, here's
an interesting development on the richest and most famous
German cake. Why not ask for canned Black Forest Gateau.
See this feature on this legendary German Black Forest Cake
with the Deutsche Welle.

Guten Appetit!

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