Friday, January 3, 2014

Black Forest Cake with Chocolate Ganache


Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte!
That's what this Black Forest Cake is called in Germany, where the recipe originated.
It is a delightful combination of chocolate, cherries and whipped cream.

For my version, I added cherry extract to my favorite chocolate cake recipe.
Then I layered it with fresh whipped cream and cherry pie filling,
and topped it all with thick chocolate ganache.

Isn't it simply gorgeous?
Is it fair for a cake to be so pretty AND taste so good? 

Black Forest Cake with Chocolate Ganache
by Bird On A Cake
Chocolate Cherry Cake
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk (OR 1 tablespoon vinegar mixed with 1 cup milk)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cherry extract
Chocolate Ganache
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whipped Cream
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling
Chocolate Cherry Cake
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottoms of two 9 inch round cake pans with wax paper and grease the sides. Bring a small pan of water to a boil and keep it simmering while you mix the other ingredients.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs, buttermilk, oil and cherry extract. Beat with mixer until combined.
Add 1 cup of the boiling water and carefully stir until it is mixed in. Beat for 1 1/2 minutes with mixer. Batter will be thin. Pour the batter into prepared pans and bake for 20-24 minutes (until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean).

Chocolate Ganache
Place the chocolate chips in a small metal bowl. Heat the cream over medium heat. Watch it closely and immediately remove from heat when it starts to boil. Pour over chocolate chips. Wait for 2 minutes, then slowly stir the mixture until all the chips have completely melted and it is thoroughly combined. Stir in the vanilla. Let the ganache cool until it reaches a thicker, spreadable consistency.

Whipped Cream
Chill a large mixing bowl and beaters in the freezer for 10 minutes. Pour heavy cream into the bowl and whip until peaks are just about to form. Add vanilla and sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Make sure not to over-beat, cream will then become lumpy and butter-like.

Assembling Your Cake
Level cake layers and place one layer on a cake plate. Spread 3/4 of the whipped cream on the cake layer, leaving one inch of space around the edge. Reserve 12 cherries and set aside; drop the remaining pie filling by spoonfuls on top of the whipped cream. Place second cake layer on top. Spread thickened ganache on top of the cake, just to the edges. Garnish with remaining whipped cream and reserved cherries.
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  1. This looks delicious!!! =)
    pinned to my Cake board.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Oh my, this is an amazing looking cake! I love black forest cakes and have so many recipes, but I'll try yours as well :)

  3. OH MY WORD...this cake is too amazing! Stopping by from Craft O Maniac. I would love for you to stop by my Blog Hop going on now and link up this fabulous dessert. >

    Have a great night, Robin!

  4. Wow - thanks for dropping off this fantastic looking cake at our Marvelous Monday party - pinned!

  5. Stopping by Craft-O-Maniac - This looks absolutely delicious!

  6. Oh my goodness!! This looks soooooo good. I love Cherry Pie filling! I could eat it with a spoon ;) thanks for the recipe!

    Xo Kylie

  7. This cake is gorgeous! :)
    Thank you so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week- pinned & sharing!

  8. This looks amazing, I've actually been searching for a great black forest cake recipe for an event! One question though - does the whipped cream hold up or will it start to liquefy?

  9. This looks heavenly! Thanks for sharing your lovely recipe :)

  10. wow. good taste.. i think its very nice cake to eat..


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