Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Black Forest Cake

I'm back after a long trip to India. All my India trips are memorable but this one was extra special since I got married. Coming back after so many ceremonies, so many people, so many activities, life here seems very plain and not so exciting enough. So I am trying to spice up my life with a few new recipes that I've learnt during this trip.

As promised I am going to start with the black forest recipe. I've used a store bought chocolate cake mix for the base but if you have the time and energy its best to make your own cake from scratch.

Ingredients:

Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Devil's food cake (store bought) - 1 pk
Water - 1 1/3 cups + 1 tbsp
Oil - 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp
Eggs - 3
All purpose flour - 2tbsp + extra for dusting the cake pan
Butter - for smearing the cake pan
Espresso/Indian filter coffee - 3 tbsp
Rum/Brandy - as per taste
Cherries - 1 cup
Whipping cream - 500 ml (can be increased if needed)
8 inch cake pans - 2
Grated chocolate - for garnishing as needed


Method:

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease sides and bottom of the pan with butter and sprinkle flour to give a thin coating. Prepare the cake mix as per the directions on the box. I use the high altitude version as I live at 5000ft above sea level. Blend cake mix, 2 tbsp flour, water, oil and eggs in a large bowl at low speed till moistened (about 30 secs). Beat at medium speed for about 2 minutes and pour batter into 2, 8-inch round cake pans and bake immediately for 35-38 min. Let it cool completely. Prepare espresso or any strong instant coffee. I used Indian filter coffee. Mix the rum or brandy with the coffee and pour on the cakes to soften them. Be careful to not add too much liquid as the cakes will break when assembling. So use just enough to moisten the cakes. Whip the cream to soft peaks and chop the cherries to smaller pieces. To begin assembling set one cake on the plate. Spread evenly with cream and sprinkle half the cherries and grated chocolate. Place the other cake on top and repeat the same with the cherries and grated chocolate. Remember to cover the sides with cream and chocolate. Pipe cream rounds on the edges on top and place one whole cherry on each. Voila the cake is ready to be chilled and served.

8 comments:

Asha said...

Congratulations Deepz!!Hugs.

Welcome back.Looks fabulous,that's our fav cake box too,Duncan Hines Devil's food.Enjoy and wish you a long and happy marriage!:))

Deepz said...

Thanks Asha.

Manisha said...

Welcome back, Deepz! And congrats once again! Enjoy and savor every moment that you have together!

shweta said...

helloooo deepz:-)..I think am gonna go buy some cake from whole food after looking at this recipe..!!

I've got something to say said...

theivam di nee! Kalakare po.

Deepz said...

Manisha: Thanks.

Shweta: How was the whole food's cake?

Meera: Ill definitely make one for u, when u visit me.

I've got something to say said...

Hey! that's the best reason I've got to come & meet you! :-)

Anonymous said...

hi deepa akka,
this is anu from chennai.how r u akka.deepa akka enaku cake epidi panradu nu soli danga akka.helen aunty kita christmas time la cake seirada learn panen.but enaku oru doubt shops la cake mela cream lam irukum la adu epidi panradu.teach me flavoured cake,black forest cake also.in seen ur receipe but i dont have oven,teach me simply akka.

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