Black Forest Cake Recipe

Six-step preparation of the Black Forest Cake. This cake is a variation on the traditional Black Forest Cake, which is all-chocolate. If you prefer, you can make an all-chocolate variety.

1. Yellow Cake Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • Raspberry preserves (if not using Kirsch)
  • Morello/maraschino cherries or cherry topping for garnish
  • Shaved chocolate for garnish
    (Mini chips can be used—chocolate sprinkles can be substituted, but they don’t provide the same luxurious flavor and texture as real shaved or grated chocolate)

Yellow Cake Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. Using an electric mixer on low speed with the paddle attachment, incorporate all ingredients slowly; mix until well-blended. Increase mixer speed to high; mix for two minutes more, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
  3. Pour batter into pans. Bake for 25 minutes until cake springs to the touch.  Set aside to cool.

 

2. Chocolate Cake Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 large eggs

Chocolate Cake Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 9-inch round cake pans; dust with cocoa.
  2. Using an electric mixer, on low speed with the paddle attachment, incorporate all ingredients slowly; mix until well-blended.
  3. Increase mixer speed to high; mix for two more minutes, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
  4. Pour batter into pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes until cake springs to the touch. Set aside to cool.

3. Cherry Filling Ingredients

Brandy or rum can be substituted for the Kirsch.

  • Two 16-ounce cans pitted tart cherries in
    water
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons Kirsch (optional)

Cherry Filling Preparation

  1. Drain liquid from canned cherries, reserving 1 cup liquid.
  2. In a 2-quart saucepan, combine brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, reserved cherry liquid and 1/3 cup sugar.
  3.  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens, approximately 1 minute.
  4. Remove pan from heat, stir in butter and vanilla extract; fold in cherries.  Set aside to cool.

4. Kirsch Syrup Ingredients (Optional)

Make this syrup if you plan to use Kirsch in the recipe.

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 water
  • 1/4 cup Kirsch

Kirsch Syrup Preparation

  1. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Remove pan from heat and stir in Kirsch. Let cool.

 

5. Whipped Cream Ingredients

  • 1 quart heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar

Preparation

  1. During assembly (see below), whip cream with an electric mixer at high speed, using the paddle attachment.

6. Chocolate Whipped Cream Ingredients

  • 1/2 quart heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder

Preparation

  1. Using a small chilled bowl, whip ingredients together until soft peaks form. Set aside.

Now that you’ve baked and simmered and whipped all of the components to perfection, you’re ready for the final challenge: putting them all together into one picturesque masterpiece.

Assembly

  1. Using a serrated knife, cut each cake horizontally into 3 layers. Place 1 layer of chocolate cake on a cake plate or cardboard round. If you are using Kirsch syrup, brush the top with syrup.
  2. Using a metal spatula, spread a thin layer of chocolate whipped cream on top of cake.
  3. Using a pastry bag with an open tube, pipe 2 circles of chocolate whipped cream on the cake, one around the outer edge and one in the center of the cake.
  4. Using a pastry bag, pipe the cherry filling inside the chocolate circles.
  5. On top of the first layer, place the yellow cake and brush it with Kirsch syrup. If you are not using Kirsch syrup, spread a thin layer of raspberry preserves on the cake.
  6. Using an electric mixer, at high speed with the paddle attachment, whip together 1 quart heavy whipping cream and 1 cup confectioner’s sugar. Apply a thin layer of the whipped cream on top of the preserves.  Set aside the remaining cream.
  7. On top of the whipped cream, place the last chocolate cake layer and brush with Kirsch syrup. With the remaining whipped cream, coat sides and top of cake. Press chocolate shavings onto sides of cake.
  8. Spoon remaining whipped cream into a pastry bag, using a star-shaped tip. Pipe small rosettes around perimeter of cake. Decorate with a cherry on each rosette. (Or use other decorating ideas from this article.)
  9. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Appetizer Tree Brings Artistry to Christmas (or any time!)

Appetizer Trees are a great conversation piece, they take up very little space, they look beautiful, and your guests will think you’re a genius.

Wrap cone in plastic wrap so your food doesn’t touch the cone.  Get all your ingredients out, and cut the cheese/ham into cubes.  You can start at the top or the bottom, and you can insert the food any way you like.   You can also do one made with gumdrops.

This is what you will need:

  • plate or cake stand
  • styrofoam cone (the larger the party, the larger the cone)
  • tooth picks & a little shot glass for used tooth picks
  • plastic wrap
  • olives, pickles, cheese cubes , ham cubes or rolls, tomatoes, etc. (I used artichokes on the other one, use what you have.)

 

 

Enjoy!

Erin

10 Cooking Class Tips with a Splash

Went to a cooking show last night and it was so much fun. The cooking demonstrator onstage created 10 different recipes over two hours, including appetizers, entrees and desserts:

APPETIZERS
Fall Harvest Salad
Smoked Salmon & Chives Cheesecake (also great as a party food)

PARTY FOODS & MUNCHIES
Snickerdoodle Chex® mix
Fresh fruit centerpiece

ENTREES
Cheesy Vegetable Chowder (smaller portions make a good appetizer, too)
Stuffed Manicotti with Spicy Sausage & Fresh Marinara Sauce
Mini Kentucky Hot Browns (can also be party food)
Stuffed Flank Steak Santa Fe

DESSERTS
Caramel Apple Twist (also great for breakfast)
Harlequin Cake

10 GREAT COOKING TIPS
The cooking demonstrator also offered several helpful tips that I am passing along to you:

1. Use 7-Up beverage instead of lemon juice to keep chopped apples from browning. (It has to be 7-Up; other lemon-lime drinks don’t do as well.)

2. Snip fresh herbs inside a plastic cup with kitchen shears to hasten clean-up.

3. Use stretchable silicone bands instead of string to truss a bird or stuffed steak.

4. Use slow cooker liners to avoid scrubbing. They are found on the plastic wrap aisle in the supermarket.

5. A wet paper towel underneath a thin flexible plastic cutting surface will help keep the cutting board from sliding on a polished counter.

6. Decorate food with chocolate leaves for fall; paint melted chocolate over washed fresh leaves and put in refrigerator. Peel chocolate off when leaves are cold. Use as garnish.

7. Try Head Chef cooking utensils for kids. They are adorable.

8. When oil and vinegar don’t stay mixed, use an emulsifier (such as cream) to blend and bind the two together so they won’t separate. Use equal parts oil and vinegar (1/4 cup each) and add twice the half-and-half (1/2 cup). Shake.

9. To make buttermilk when you don’t have any, measure one tablespoon vinegar and then fill up the same measuring cup with enough milk to equal one cup. Refrigerate. You should have homemade buttermilk in about 15 minutes.

10. Freeze cake lightly to cut down on crumbs getting mixed up in the frosting.
Wouldn’t you know it. Ruth came with me to the cooking show and was so enthralled by the onstage cooking production that she neglected to visit the ladies room until it was almost too late.  She was in a bit of a hurry once inside the single restroom, but got sidetracked by a puzzling development: she had no place to put her purse! (Oh my, never on the dirty floor!!)  There was a large pedestal sink, no hooks anywhere, and no drop-down panel for packages. What to do?

Nearly desperate for relief, Ruth flung her purse into the sink and proceeded about her business. All of a sudden, the automatic water faucet cheerily filled her purse with several measures of water.

Shall we say Ruth certainly made a splash?

Happy cookbooking,

Erin

Create A Recipe Binder with Your Kids in Mind!

It’s always fun to cook and bake with your kids, especially when they’re little. Plus, the experience can be very educational.

The whole process of preparing different foods is a great way to have kids practice many of the skills that they’ll need when they enter school. Besides teaching kids to do things like sort and count, cooking can help young children build up the fine motor skills they’ll need to write.

So, as you gather favorite family recipes into your recipe binder, be sure to include some finger-exercising fun with recipes that even the youngest member of your brood can pitch in to make. In other words, have recipes that require some kneading, and remember: the gooier, the better.

One food that works great for this activity is meatloaf because it’s so easy and versatile. Almost any meatloaf recipe will do – even those that don’t require meat, and the finished product can be formed into almost any shape that the kids can come up with – from a simple loaf-pan shape to a mummy body with strategically placed catsup details.

To make the meatloaf, just put all of the ingredients into a bowl for the kids to mush together until the texture is even or their arms are tired. Then, the kids can plop the mixture into a pan and shape it anyway they want to, like play dough.

Once it’s formed, put the meatloaf into the oven and bake it as usual, but pay careful attention to any narrow edges of the loaf. Cover them with a bit of foil to prevent overcooking until the last 10 minutes or so of cooking.

When dinner time comes around, the kids will love showing off – and eating -their creation.  And you’ll enjoy seeing the pride on their faces as you announce what a wonderful job they did making such a delicious dinner.  Mmm Mmm good!

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