German Black Forest Cake

German Black Forest Cake (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte = Black Forest cherry torte) is my all time favorite cake. I made this for my birthday last year and this year and also made the cupcake version for my office on valentine day.

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A. Cherry filling

1. Drain 1 can pitted black cherry, keep the syrup in a small pan. Take 3 tbsp of the syrup in a small bowl, mix with 2 tbsp of corn starch.

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2. Bring to boil the remaining syrup in the small pan + 2 tbsp sugar (optional as preferred sweetness), lower the heat then slowly stir in the corn starch mixture, keep stirring to avoid lump.

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3. Put the cherry into the pan, keep stirring until the liquid gets even thickness. Turn off the heat, let it cool.

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B. The Cake

1. Sift 1/2 C cake flour + 1/3 C unsweetened cocoa powder, set aside. Melt 3 tbsp unsalted butter, set aside. ( I forgot to take the picture of melted butter 🙂 )

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2. The eggs mixture: 1. Whisk 4 eggs + 2/3 C sugar. 2. Using double boiler method, put the egg mixture over the boiling water, keep whisking until you get lukewarm mixture. 3. Stir the mixture using high speed mixer, add 1 tsp of vanilla extract. 4. The batter should be pale and very thick.

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3. Gently fold in the flour and melted butter alternately, make sure to use big stroke so that the batter won’t flatten.

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4. Pour into 9″ pan (layered with parchment paper + butter), tap to remove excess air bubble, bake in 350F oven, test with toothpick.

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5. Let the cake cool completely before divide into half.


C. Assembly

1. Brush 3 tbsp Kirschwasser, a clear liquor distilled from tart cherries. Here I used rum since I don’t have kirschwasser. Then put the cream layer followed by cherry filling and finish with cream layer before put the second layer of cake. For the cream: whisk 3 C heavy cream + 1 C powdered sugar (or as preferred sweetness).

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2. Brush the top layer of cake with 3 tbsp of Kirschwasser before decorating. As you see I am not good at cake decoration, I wish I could make it look like the cake displayed in high end bakery 🙂

3. Bon Appétit.

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