Blackforest Cake

For as long as I can remember, D has always wanted a cheese cake for his birthday. This year, he decided to break tradition and asked for a Blackforest cake instead. I have never made a Blackforest cake before, but decided to take up the challenge and started looking for good (and easy) recipe.

The only one that came to mind was the Masterchef Blackforest cake that we have been drooling over on TV. However, after reading through the ingredients list and steps, I have decided to search again for something … erm .. more time efficient.

A girlfriend pointed me to a recipe at Taste.com which looked really easy and practical, so I decided to do that instead (with a bit of modification).

Ingredients:
1 Chocolate cake
670g jar of morello cherries
2 tablespoons castor sugar
1 tablespoon cornflour
600ml thickened cream
1 tablespoon of castor sugar
6-10 cherries with stem
Chocolate Rice or Chocolate Chips for decoration

Note: I use a packed of Greens chocolate cake mix for this recipe. Due to limited time, I divided the steps into multiple days. Of course, you can make this cake in one day, allowing time for the cake and cherries mix to cool.

Steps:
Day 1 – Cake
1. Bake the cake and cut it into 3 layers.

Day 2 – Cherries
2.  Place cherries and 160g of the juice in a saucepan with sugar and cornflour.
3. Stir over low heat until mixture boils. Transfer into a large bowl and leave it to cool. Cover with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge.

Day 3 – Cream and Assembly
4. Beat cream and castor sugar until firm peaks form.
5. Place the first layer of cake on the cake board.
6. Spread the cherries mixture and a thin layer of cream.

7. Repeat the cherries and cream mixture with the second layer.

8. Place the final layer on top.
9. Add some cream on top and spread evenly. I have decorated this with piped rosette, cherries and chocolate chips.

And the result was amazing! D was surprised to see that I could pull that off so beautifully. Oh no, does that mean that he’ll give me a harder challenge next year?

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