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Black Forest Cherry Cake Recipe  

Veg CD  CBF German  75mins

A traditional Black Forest Cake recipe from Germany

Makes 1 x 20cm/8 inch cake      Cold  Vegetarian Alcohol Fruit  Cakes Gateaux Baked Fayre  Germany  Europe



450g/1lb Cherries, stoned

225g/8oz Caster Sugar

4 Egg Yolks, lightly beaten

4 Egg Whites, stiffly beaten

6 tbsp Water

100g/4oz Butter

200g/7oz Self Raising Flour

50g/2oz Cornflour

50g/2oz Cocoa Powder

For the filling

2-3 tbsp Dark Rum or Kirsch

480ml/16fl.oz. Double Cream

75g/3oz Caster Sugar

50g/2oz Plain Chocolate, coarsely grated



1. Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas mark 4 and lightly grease a 20cm/8inch spring-form cake tin. Place the sugar, egg yolks and water in a bowl and beat together until frothy (about 15 minutes). Add the melted butter and mix well.

2. Sift together the flour, cocoa and cornflour and gradually add to the egg mixture, stirring well. Stir in the beaten egg whites then turn the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 45 minutes, until the cake starts to come away from the sides of the tin. The cake is cooked when a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Turn onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

3. To Assemble - Whip the cream stiffly and sweeten with the remaining sugar. Cut the cake horizontally into three. Place the bottom half on a serving platter and sprinkle the rum all over giving it a good soaking. Place the cherries on top, sprinkle with the sugar and spread over 1/4 of the whipped cream. Add the middle layer of cake and spread with another 1/4 of the whipped cream then top with the top layer of cake.

4. To serve - spread the remaining cream over the top and sides of the assembled cake and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

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Key techniques required to make this recipe


Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Grease -to  To cover the inside  surface of a dish or pan with a layer of fat, such as butter or margarine,  or oil using a brush or kitchen paper.

Whip   - To beat an item, such as cream or egg whites, in order to incorporate air and, usually, thicken.


Main equipment required to make this recipe


20cm/8inch spring-form cake tin

Mixing Bowl

Electric whisk or Wooden Spoon

Wire Rack

Palette Knife


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