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Dave's Garden Cookbook: Black Forest Cherry Cake

The 2001 Dave's Garden Cookbook

Black Forest Cherry Cake

By flowox

Category: Cakes, Cheesecakes and Icings

  Ingredients  
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 oz semisweet chocolate
1 stick butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract

2 cups whipping cream
2/3 cup confectioners sugar
1/3 cup kirsch
16 oz can pitted red tart cherries drained (reserve liquid)
12 maraschino cherries w/stems
Chocolate curls

  Instructions  
Need two 9-inch round cake pans. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In double boiler or microwave, melt chocolate over low heat. Cool. In another mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Add melted chocolate and gradually add the flour mixture. Add almond extract. Pour batter into greased and floured pans. Bake
in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes, then on a wire rack. Cut each layer horizontally, to make four layers.

Need a pastry bag with a star tube. In a mixing bowl, beat cream until stiff. Gradually add confectioners' sugar. Sprinkle 1/3 kirsch on a layer of the cake. Cover with whipped cream and add 1/3 of the drained cherries. Place a second layer on top and repeat. Then a third. Top the cake with a fourth layer. Spread 2/3 of the remaining whipped cream on the top and sides of the cake. Place last amount of whipped cream in a pastry bag and pipe rosettes of whipped cream around the top edge. Top rosettes with stemmed cherries and garnish top center and sides with chocolate curls (made by shaving a chocolate bar with a vegetable peeler).


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