Recipe: Black forest cake

19:25, Feb 20 2014
Choc sponge
DEVILISHLY DELISH: Black forest sponge cake drizzled with chocolate.

Breaking with tradition here, my mother has always used a denser, richer chocolate base instead of a sponge and I prefer to smother the top in dark, shiny ganache instead of the usual cream and chocolate shavings - which I think is a bit kitsch. 

150g dark cooking chocolate
150g butter, soft
150g castor sugar
6 eggs, separated
150g self-raising flour
pinch of salt
250ml cream
1 tbsp extra castor sugar
2 1/2 tbsp cornflour
750g jar of sour cherries
75g-100g sugar (depends on how sour the cherries are. Add to taste)
30ml liqueur such as amaretto, kirsch or Cointreau
375g dark chocolate, roughly chopped (this can be done in the food processor)
250ml cream

For the cake

1. Preheat oven to 170C. Gently melt the chocolate in a microwave or over a double boiler.

2. In a bowl, combine the melted chocolate with the soft butter and beat until creamy. Slowly and gradually beat in the sugar and egg yolks (adding one at a time). Fold in the sifted flour.

3. Beat the whites until stiff with a pinch of salt and very gently fold through the mixture.


4. Pour into a lined and greased 26cm spring-form tin. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

For the cherries

6. Mix the cornflour with enough cherry juice to make a paste. Combine the rest of the juice with the cornflour paste and put into a saucepan with the desired amount of sugar.

7. Cook, stirring, until it boils and thickens. Add the cherries and liqueur, remove from heat and allow to cool.

For the ganache

8. Gently heat the chocolate and cream in a saucepan, stirring constantly until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Do not let it boil.

9. Pour into a bowl and allow the ganache to cool until you have the right consistency, i.e. thin enough to pour but thick enough so it stays on the cake. It's about right at room temperature. Pour over the top of the cake and wait until it is set.  

To assemble

10. Whip the 250ml cream with the 1 tablespoon extra castor sugar until thick. Cut the cake in half horizontally. Sprinkle the bottom layer with a little extra liqueur and spread over the cherry mixture.

11. Top with the cream then place the other half of the cake on the top. Pour over the ganache and allow to set before cutting.

To serve 

Although this cake is best eaten on the day, it is still great the next day.

Although this cake is best eaten on the day, it is still great the next day.

- Good Food