Friday, August 24, 2012

Black Forest Cake with Homemade Cherry Syrup and Egg Whites



Getting good neighbor is nightmare, lucky to get them from the same place where I born and brought Up. The Culture, Cooking Style everything resembles us and like to post few of their recipes in future with permission:-). Most of my kitchen experiments I share with them and they are the first to like my post when I publish in Blog. Today is their Wedding Day (Wish them Good Luck), Me and my Hubby decided to give a surprise treat? So
we called them for dinner yesterday, invited with this Black Forest Cake and Assorted Homemade Pizzas. The mini party went well tap tap tap will move on to the detailed recipe :-).

Ingredients
For Cake Preparation
APF - 1 Cup
Corn Starch - 2 n 1/2 Tbsp
Salt - Pinch
Cocoa Powder - 3/4th Cup or Baking Chocolate - 8 Oz
Butter - 6 Tbsp
Egg - 8 Numbers
Sugar - 3/4th Cup
Pure Vanilla Extract - 1 n 1/2tsp
Cherry Syrup
Pitted Cherries - 15 Numbers
Sugar - 1/4 Cup
Lemon Juice - 1 Tbsp
Water - 1/2 Cup


Cake Assembling
Heavy Whipping Cream - 1 Pint
Pure Vanilla Extract - 1tsp
Sugar - 1 1/4Cup
Chocolate Strands and Fresh Cherries - As Required
Cherry Syrup - 1/2 Cup (Recipe Follows)
Method
  • Make the syrup a day before assembling the cake.
  • In Sauce pan bring water, sugar to boil when starts boiling add Lemon Juice and remove from Heat.
  • After the syrup cools down (Luke/Light warm) add the pitted Cherries and store it in an air tight container at room temperature. 
  • I have given 2 cake methods one with cocoa powder n other with baking chocolate, choose ur convenient method.

Cake using Cocoa Powder
  • Mix Flour, Cocoa Powder and Salt, keep aside.
  • Use large bowl, Cream Butter and Sugar.
  • Separate the Egg Yolks and Whites, add one yolk at a time and mix well.
  • Add Vanilla extract and dry flour mixture in batches.
  • Beat Egg Whites separately (Click here to check out my video) and fold it to the batter.
  • Pour the batter in 2 pans equally, Bake at 350 ° F for 12-15mins or toothpick inserted at center comes out clean.
Cake using Chocolate
  • Add butter and chocolate squares to a pan when butter melts remove from heat and mix well (free from lumps).
  • Mix Flours n salt, keep aside.
  • Separate the Egg Yolks and Whites.



  • Beat the egg yolks till forms smooth consistency, add sugar n extract to it,  mix well.
  • Add the Flour and salt mixture to the batter.
  • Pour this batter in to the chocolate + butter mixture.

     
  • Finally fold with egg whites and bake as said before.
  • Can see lot of air bubbles this is what we exactly need for a moisture cake that absorbs the cherry syrup which we apply later.

 Cake Assembling


I used aluminum pan to make the cake Heart shape. 
  • Draw shape in cardboard, place over the cake and cut it Do the same for another layer).
  • The end triangle comes from the corner left over cakes (I am not good in drawing so succeeded in 2nd attempt).
  • Drain soaked Cherries and pour the syrup we prepared using spoon over the cakes.
  • Allow cake to absorb the syrup, meanwhile whip the heavy cream.
  • Apply the Whipped Cream over the first layer and add some soaked cherries.
  • Gently place the other layer, cover completely with whipped cream.
  • Decorate the top to your creativity. I added Chocolate strands and fresh Cherries.

  • Lot of effort, but satisfied with the outcome and happy they all liked it. Also they delighted with my Hawaiian Style Pizza, which I published in another post.


    Note:
    1. Electric Mixer is recommended for creaming butter and Egg yolks to get more spongy. 
    2. If using aluminum pan it takes time to cool so I kept the baked goods in fridge for 5mins.
    3. Also use one pan and cut the cakes in to two parts for assembling.
    4. If you get time allow the syrup to sit on cake at least for an hour.
    5. Can refrigate for the cream to set, some may freeze it to set quickly, in my experience doing so make the cake hard.
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    2 comments :

    Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj said...

    wow so nice of u dear... hope they enjoyed well... tempting... but any substitution for eggs???
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    Sangeetha Priya said...

    Thks Viji!!! the aeration is what we need to get spongy outcome, so can replace eggs with flaxseeds or kitchen friendly ingds like butter/yogurt, I haven't tried so, if u do update here or I will update in future, for reference check my Eggless Butter less vanilla cake