This is the dream cake for me and my husband. For all the occasions in our home v used to order this cake.When we were newly married we both particularly prefer a bakery for this cake.That was a sweet surprise when i baked this cake for my husband and son.
Black Forest cake is a layered chocolate cake with Cherries/strawberry stuffed,Frosted with whipped cream.Here it goes how I baked this cake…
|1¾ cup||All purpose flour|
|2 cup||White granulated sugar|
|¾ cup||Cocoa powder|
|2 T||Baking powder|
|1 cup||Whole milk|
|½ cup||Vegetable oil|
|1 tsp||Vanilla extract|
|¾ cup||Hot water|
|1 cup||Strawberry pieces|
|1 pint||Heavy cream|
|½ tsp||Vanilla extract|
|½ no||Hersheys dark chocolate bar|
Take a deep stainless steel bowl and beaters.I kept the beaters alone.Eject the beaters from the Electric hand mixture.Put it in the freezer for about 15 minutes. If these are cold enough it will make the whipping process easier.
Step 2: (Syrup For Moistening)
Now we are going to do the Strawberry syrup. Choose irregular big pieces from the box(For Syrup) so that v can use the left over shaped pieces later on for decorating the cake.
Mix the sugar and water in a thick bottomed pan high flame.Constant stirring is needed.
when the mixture starts boiling add the sliced strawberry pieces to it.flame should be kept medium.Constant stirring with the whisk is needed.If ur hand aches stop stirring for few seconds and then continue.within 10 minutes the strawberry will be cooked u will be seeing a dark pink syrup.The aroma of the strawberry Will be all over the kitchen. Now the syrup will be lightly thickened in 2 to 3 more minutes.
After 5 minutes.Drain the above syrup using a juice filter.
Store the settled strawberry part for stuffing.
cover it and Store it for about 8 hours or more before Preparing the cake.
Take out the chilled bowl and the beater from the freezer.
Add 1 pint of heavy cream into the bowl.Start whipping in a low speed for 30 seconds and then raise to high.Add sugar in a frequent intervals.Add the vanilla extract.Stop whipping when the cream has doubled in volume,thick and forms stiff peaks.This will reguire 4 to 5 minutes in a electric mixture .Do not whip too long, the cream may curdle and separate.
Refrigerate till use.This will make the cream more stiff.
Step 4: (Mixing Cake Ingredients Together)
All the Ingredients should be in room temperature.Take out the milk and eggs from refrigerator before 2 hours u make the cake.Egg whites when whipped will expand itz volume only when it is in room temperature.
(a).Sieve the Flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a big bowl.
(b).Separate the egg whites and yolk.
(c).Beat the egg white in a medium speed for 1 minute .Increase the speed to high, beat until it forms soft peaks.It will take about 3 to 4 minutes.Now reduce to medium add half of the sugar slowly into the beaten egg whites.beat this for another 1 minute in medium speed.Now lift the beater, the peaks will be firm and straight.
(d.).Beat the egg yolk and the rest of the sugar in medium for about 3 minutes or until the mixture become pale yellow.and now add the vanilla extract until incorporated.
(e).Now pour the egg white mixture slowly into the yolk mixture.Use a spatula, just fold the mixture very gently,until the egg streaks are seen.Now add oil.
(f).Now fold the flour mixture slowly into the egg mixture.Add small quantity at a time. Either sprinkle the flour/add in a little quantity.Add boilied water inbetween
(g)The end result will be a thin batter.
(h).Preheat the oven to 350 degree.
(i).Butter two 9”pan. Pour the mixture evenly into the pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven,until a tooth pick inserted in the center of the cake comes out dry.
(j).Cool the pans for 1 hour.
Step 4: (Chocolate Shaving)
(a). Keep ½ of the chocolate bar in the microwave for 15 seconds.This will loosen the chocolate .
(b).Using a vegetable peeler shave the chocolate.Repeat the process until u get desired amount of shaving.
Step 5: (Assembling the cake)
(a).Cut the bulged top part of each cake to make the cake even.
(b).Arrange it on a serving plate.
(c).Now sprinkle 3 to 4 tbsp of strawberry syrup onto each top part of the cake.(I just Squeezed the syrup from the center toward the edges in a circular way and spreaded evenly with a spatula.with the use of a oil dispenser u can do it with no mess).
(d).Spread the whipped cream over the top of the base cake.
(e).If u want u can arrange the settled strawberry syrup part onto the top of the whipped cream(I skipped).
(f).Now layer the second cake.
(g).Spread the whipped cream over the top of the cake and on the side of the cake with a spatula.
(h).Rotate the serving plate while spreading the whipped cream on the sides of the cake.
(i).Decorate the top with some strawberries /chocolate shavings.
(j).Refrigerate for about 3 hours before serving.
Life span of the whipping cream is one day.
If u didn't Equally pour the mixture,the small quantity mixture will get baked faster than the other.So pour it equally into the pan.Else check the baking pan after 20 mintes by inserting a tooth pick.
If u want to have more chocolate shaving u can have according to ur preference.