Thursday, February 25, 2010

CIA Homeschool AND Foreign Food Focus: Black Forest Cake

This is a combination post because, well, Black Forest Cake is from Germany (which falls into my FFF for the month) and the recipe came from my CIA book. Double up when you can, right?

The Black Forest Cake, or Schwarzwalder Kirsch Torte, is a chocolate cake brushed with Kirsch, layered and frosted with whipped cream, and filled with cherries.

I remember my first trip to the Black Forest and ordering this cake. I didn't like it. The liquor flavor was so strong that it overpowered the cake for me. This was years ago, though, and way before I started being daring with my food. I really wish I still lived in Germany so I could drive down again and order another slice. Maybe this time would be different.

Since I don't drink, I decided to substitute the liquor in this cake. I used a simple syrup flavored with cherry juice to brush the layers and I thought it turned out wonderful.

The CIA cake is a little different than other Black Forest Cakes because while it is frosted with whipped cream, the layers have whipped ganache with the cherries. YUM!

I made this cake for a work function for Nathan, so that is why you can 2 liters of soda in the picture. I am just thankful Nathan got the picture for me!

As usual, I am not posting the recipe from the CIA book here, but there are a ton of black forest cake recipes online and I am hoping you will try this cake!

List of recipes to be made from the CIA book:

Yeast Raised Breads and Rolls

Boule (White Wheat Lean Dough)
Split Loaf (Lean Dough with Pate Fermente)
Batard (Whole Wheat Lean Dough)
Baguette (Lean Dough with Poolish)
Soft Roll Dough (Knot Rolls & Parker House Rolls)
Brioche a Tete
Challah (6 Braid)
Coffee Cake (Twisted)
Pita Bread
Apple Fritters
Berliners (Jelly Doughnuts)
Yeast Raised Doughnuts

Yeast Doughs (Not listed above)

Prosciutto and Provolone Dough
Tomato Dough
Roasted Potato Dough
Apple and Walnut Sourdough

Quick Breads and Cakes

Ginger Cake
Buttermilk Biscuits
Bran Muffins
Lemon Buttermilk Cake
Polenta Cake
Devil’s Food Cake
Chocolate XS
Carrot Cake
Chocolate Souffle Cake
Patterned Jaconde Sponge
Walnut Cheesecake


Mudslide Cookies
Sand Cookies
Orange Coconut Macaroons
Fudge Brownies
Pecan Diamonds (Short Dough)
Mirror Cookies (1-2-3 Cookie Dough)
Citrus Crisps
Zedern Brot
Vanilla Kipferl
Checkerboard Cookies
Vanilla Pretzels
Langues-de-Chat Sandwiches
Frangipane Cake (Made into Petit Fours)

Custards, Creams, Mousses, and Souffles

Crème Brulee
Pots de Crème
Vanilla Pudding
Lemon Curd
Chocolate Mousse
Bavarian Cream
Raspberry Souffle

Frozen Desserts

Chocolate Swirl Ice Cream
Lemon Frozen Yogurt
Orange Sorbet
Vanilla Bean Sherbet
Fresh Ginger Granita
Praline Parfait
Frozen Lemon Savarin

Pies, Tarts, and Fruit Desserts

Blueberry Pie
Warm Apple Charlottes
Lemon Fantasy Tart
Zesty Lime Tart
Cheese Tart
Cranberry Pecan Tart
Apple Strudel

Filled and Assembled Cakes and Tortes

Bavarian Cream Torte
Charlotte Russe
Black Forest Cake
Opera Torte
Orange Mousseline Torte

Individual Pastries

Lemon Curd Tartlets
Pecan Cranberry Tartlets
Strip Tartlets
Pecan Passions
Classic Napoleons
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bombes
White and Dark Chocolate Mousse in Glasses
Chocolate Eclairs
Bear Claws

Plated Desserts

Blueberry and Cream Cheese Crepes
Brown Sugar Roasted Pear
Funnel Cake with Maple Syrup and Summer Fruit Sauces

Chocolates and Confections

Milk Chocolate Truffles
Candied Orange Peel
Soft Caramels
Hard Candies
Nuss Bonbon


TBD (Trying to pick a cake with gumpaste, modeling chocolate, and possibly pulled sugar)



That looks SO GOOD! Seriously, I wish I could just grab a fork and a knife and cut myself a piece and chow down. I like your liquor substitute. I bet it tasted wonderful!!

Megan said...

I've never had black forest cake before, but it sure looks wonderful!

Bob said...

Black forest cake is awesome and your version look fantastic!

Good idea subbing out the booze with a syrup. I don't have any problems using alcohol but several members of my family do. I'll be sure to suggest this to them.

Leslie said...

This looks so good! I love your sub for the alcohol. I'm so happy you don't mind me tagging along sometimes. Let me know what/when you plan to make in the next couple of weeks and I'll try to participate, too.

Ingrid said...

I'm not much into chocolate cake but it does look pretty.

teresa said...

that looks DELICIOUS!

Katy ~ said...

Looks good to me!

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