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Black Forest Cherry Cake

  • 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
  • 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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