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)
Brioche a Tete
Challah (6 Braid)
Coffee Cake (Twisted)
Berliners (Jelly Doughnuts)
Yeast Raised Doughnuts
Yeast Doughs (Not listed above)
Prosciutto and Provolone Dough
Roasted Potato Dough
Apple and Walnut Sourdough
Quick Breads and Cakes
Lemon Buttermilk Cake
Devil’s Food Cake
Chocolate Souffle Cake
Patterned Jaconde Sponge
Orange Coconut Macaroons
Pecan Diamonds (Short Dough)
Mirror Cookies (1-2-3 Cookie Dough)
Frangipane Cake (Made into Petit Fours)
Custards, Creams, Mousses, and Souffles
Pots de Crème
Chocolate Swirl Ice Cream
Lemon Frozen Yogurt
Vanilla Bean Sherbet
Fresh Ginger Granita
Frozen Lemon Savarin
Pies, Tarts, and Fruit Desserts
Warm Apple Charlottes
Lemon Fantasy Tart
Zesty Lime Tart
Cranberry Pecan Tart
Filled and Assembled Cakes and Tortes
Bavarian Cream Torte
Orange Mousseline Torte
Lemon Curd Tartlets
Pecan Cranberry Tartlets
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bombes
White and Dark Chocolate Mousse in Glasses
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
TBD (Trying to pick a cake with gumpaste, modeling chocolate, and possibly pulled sugar)