Black Forest Cherry Cake

Monday 28 September 2009 | Posted by Kishi | Cake

Black Forest CakeOn a random note – I was thinking about…how much pastry I had as a kid?
Answer is hardly!! I was fond of cooking and going to do baking and pastry course had happened by chance as I am a vegetarian. The one pastry that I relate to a lot but was never a die hard fan was Eggless Black Forest Cake that came on every occasion house other than the Eggless pineapple or truffle cake. Typically, Black Forest cake consists of numerous layer of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. Then the cake is decorated with additional stratums of whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings (Dark Chocolate). Sometimes I use morello or sour cherries. Traditionally, Kirschwasser is added to the cake but I soak my cake with the maraschino cherry syrup and sometimes even RUM!!

FYI-Black Forest is also a wooded mountain range in Germany. Black Forest ham originated from this region, and so, by name and reputation at least, did the Black Forest Cake
For those who don’t know Kirschwasser is a clear, colourless fruit brandy conventionally made from double distillation of morellos, a dark-colored cultivar of the sour cherry. Kirsch also another major ingredient in Cherries Jubilee which is a famous dessert made with black cherries flambéed with kirsch or brandy, and then spooned over vanilla ice cream. If you have some extra lying at home try this cocktail in a martini glass- Cola, Grenadine, Kirsch, Vodka, garnish with couple of fresh cherries.

Maraschino cherries on the other hand preserved in a brine solution usually containing sulphur dioxide or alcohol, and then soaked in a suspension of food colouring (red/green) sugar syrup, and other components. Maraschino cherries dyed red are typically almond-flavoured, while cherries dyed green are sometimes peppermint-flavoured.

Here is a black forest cake I made a day back. If you are not in the mood of making a cake make a dessert in a bowl like a black forest trifle pudding! Enjoy in the middle of night-sinful 😉

Black Forest Cake

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