Sunday, May 8, 2011

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake was the first type of layered cake that i ate..i remember that was during my school days, probably in secondary 3 or 4. During that time, there were not many types of layered cakes available in where i lived besides normal sponge cakes with buttercream and a black forest cake would be considered quite a luxurious cake at that time . Me and my buddy were just talking about this 'old fashioned' cake days ago but i think there are still a lot of us enjoying eating this cake.
I made this cake for my buddy whose birthday falls on today which also happens to be mother's day. I chose not to frost the whole cake this time ..for a change and the result ..messy! This chocolate sponge is soft and light and also because of that, i encountered some problems slicing the cake into layers and part of the cake also got torn apart when i assembled the cake. I could have frosted the cake all over to cover up the flaws but i was afraid  my frosting skills will further damage the cake so i left it as it is. The cake ended up not only messy , it was also a bit unbalanced but i know my friend wouldnt mind that at all.

Ingredients for chocolate sponge cake ( makes one 10inch cake) i baked this into two 7" pan
 4 large eggs yolks
 2 1/2 oz sugar
 4 oz water
 11/2  oz corn oil
 4 oz superfine flour
 1 oz cocoa powder
 3/4 tsp soda bicarbonate

 Ingredient B
 7oz egg whites
 1 tsp cream of tartar
 2 1/2 oz sugar

1. Mix all of ingredient A till smooth. Set aside.
2. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar from ingredient B on high speed. After 2 mins, add sugar , continue beating till stiff
3. Pour the mixture of (1) into (2) and fold gently. Bake in a moderate oven for 45 mins or until cooked.
4. remove from oven and overturn cake to cool.
5. After cool, slice cake into three separate layers

1 can dark pitted cherries
4 oz diary/non whipping cream ( whipped )
Kirsch liqueur (optional) - can spray onto cake or drizzle over cake
chocolate curls /shaved chocolate ( for decoration)

1.On the bottom layer of the cake, spread about 1/3 whipping cream and place dark cherries onto cream.
2.Attach the 2nd piece of sponge , spread another 1/3 whipping cream and place dark cherries onto cream.
3.Place the last piece of sponge on top and spread the remaining cream and dark cherries for final decoration.

I am submitting this post to the Aspiring Bakers # 7 - Chocolate Delight (May 2011) hosted by Doris from Tested and Tasted.

Special message to Jac and Jane:
A very happy birthday to both of you!! Jac, though i'm unable to send you the cake, thoughts of you and jane were in my mind when making this cake. She will eat this on your behalf! happy, happy birthday! and to you jane, what will i do without you? I wish both of you that whatever wishes you may have, whatever you want to do, all will be fulfilled! 


  1. *sobs* so touching to read your message. jane told me about the cake and i am jealous lah. i told her i wanna move back to pomelosville already so you can cook/bake some stuff for me ;) you know when is my birthday, right???

  2. I remembered this lovely cake from the good old days too! It's considered one of the best cakes of those times:)...yours look different the frosting of the whole cake but still looks most delicious! I am sure your friend enjoyed it very much:)

  3. LOL, i remember eating black forest as a kid too! i am very sure your friend doesnt mind the cake! I wouldnt care if it came to me in pieces. its the thought that counts!

  4. Lena.....Happy Mother'sDay to you. That cake looks yummy and I am sure your friend is happy to receive it... You know when is my birthday....rite * wink

  5. Wow, such a perfect looking black forest! Must better looking than the one in Masterchef. lol! Happy Mother's day to you too. Have a lovely evening.
    Sweet dream,

  6. Lena, what messy?
    the cake looks yummy - that'll do all! :)
    Happy Mother's Day to u :)

  7. Hi Lena.. I am sure you enjoyed your Mother's Day today... making such a lovely cake for your friend..

  8. wow lena, your black forest cake looks really majestic and grand! your friend must be thrilled hehe

  9. Jacqueline chongMay 8, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    I'm so touched for yr thoughts dear fren! Though I may not get to taste it but I'm sure it's really yummylicious cos it's made with LOVE...Lots of hugs fm me :)

  10. It's no where near messy. It's RUSTIC!!! and I love it this way.

  11. How I love Black Forest...! I've never tried making it myself though because the recipes I've seen always sound quite complicated. Yours turned out great!!

  12. I remember Black Forest cake as a child as well--thanks for sharing, it looks delicious! :)

  13. I want to let all of you know the cake was very very good. The sponge cake is very soft and moist. It's the best cake in town coz it's was made with all your love. Tahnks again my dearest fren and love you!

    Wai Leng

  14. Hi Lena,
    Happy Mother's Day to you, no it is not messy, a very lovely cake. Good work, enjoy.

  15. My favourite cakes too! Beautiful & delicious!

  16. You are reminding of this lovely cake during good old days. Havent eaten this for a long, long time. Beautifully done!

  17. Those days when we have a synergy of few sales group together woudl celebrate birthdays for team member every month. By popular demand it would be either black forest or cheeze cake and sometime mixed fruit cake. Happy belated birthday to your hubs and happy mother's day.

  18. One of our favourite cakes :-)) Yours looks splendid!

  19. Black forest cake was THE CAKE years ago, I guess before cheesecake, blueberries and tiramisu! Cakes are like the fashion trend too! It came here to glow under the spotlight for awhile before it settles down in the background! But all in all, I still love black forest cake! Yours look delicious and your friend is very lucky! Can I have a slice? :)

  20. barb: you want to come back here? i doubt! your birthday..sure i remember..still long way to go, woman!

    jeannie: i know it looks very different from the traditional look, ha! thanks anyway!

    crustabakes: i wouldnt mind i wish i have someone to bake me a cake on my birthday!

    pete: thanks for your wishes!

    elin: i know..i know!

    kristy: you're so nice, dear!thanks!

    hi alice: it's actually quite real!

    hi claire: i know your mother's day programme is to watch the malaysian open see your datuk lee!

    jean: you've over rated the cake lah! but yes, my friend called to say she enjoyed the cake very much!

    jac: i wish i cld really make you a real cake but for now, just enjoying looking at the pictures was your ad&d? we'll talk abt that the next time we ' meet'

    wendy: you cant see the messy part but i love the word'rustic' you used here!

    cg: i think black forest is the least complicated kind of layered cakes that we can bake at home..if you know how to bake a sponge cake, then no problem making this!

  21. cathy: thank you! sure you can bake this too!

    nourhan: thanks and have to let you know that you have a great blog there!

    WL: yes, i must admit that it contains so much love in this cake! haha! hey, you can bake this too, remember when we made that choc banana cake? it's the same recipe..

    hi delphine: thanks for dropping by again. Maybe you couldnt see the messy in the cake here but i did messed up the cake a bit!

    doris: thank you, actually i havent eaten a black forest cake for so long..

    yummykoh:yes, this is old fashioned cake..i think most of us already started eating this cake when we were very much younger, ah!

    bananaman: i guess black forest cake is still many favourites. NOw i feel like making one again for myself!

    angie: thanks, also one of my favourites though i hardly eat them nowadays..too many varieties of cakes now!

    joyce: yah, like fashion! i wonder what's hot now? is it still macarons or cake pops?

  22. Looks lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Your version of this looks absolutely wonderful.I also love that you've used dark cherries to top it. I would love a slice of this. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  24. Wow, this looks so, so amazing! I must try a slice!!


  25. What a dream cake Lena! just looks lusciously decadent! This black forest cake tops any cake i have seen so far! A masterpiece of a cake! Bravissima!!!

  26. You are always so dedicated with your cake making. This cake looks so fantastic!

  27. No!YOur cake is not messy,but wonderful. I quess i could not make it with such complicated step! I also love to eat black forest cake:P

  28. I'll be so moved if I get a cake made by a dear matter how it looks. ;) I'm sure your buddy enjoyed it very still looks very yummy to me!

  29. Hi Lena, just by coincidence I had a couple of slices of this Black Forest cake few days ago at a coffeehouse while waiting for my wife.
    And yours sure looks good.
    I love your toppings...and the colour....
    Bet yours just melts in the mouth.

    Women like you are bachelors! Ha ha ha.
    2 spoons of this cake, it's habis cherita! Permanent!
    Have fun, Lena.

  30. I remember when I first visited the Black Forest or the Schwarzwald in Germany. I made sure to "tapao" a slice of black forest cake to take with me into the forest... just so I could say I had black forest cake in the Black Forest itself!

    Silly, I know... but I was young and it was fun. :)

  31. Hi Lena, that's a lovely lovely black forest, and the recipe is not as complicated as I thought black forest would be!:) My mom loves black forest and her Birthday is by the corner, thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe!

    p/s: Chocolate fondant I baked was sort of like a chocolate cake with praline, it's super delicious with vanilla ice cream!^^

  32. Forest cake is one of my favorite cakes too...and brings back memories of my childhood as well. The cake looks good to me...nothing messy and I would be glad to take a slice of it at anytime :-) Hope you are having a wonderful week Lena!

  33. So nice to have your home made cake for birthday.

  34. that is soo sweet of you lena!! Black forest cake is one of my favs. I love home made ones because i find outside ones are almost too often overwhelmed with cream. Yours look perfect!

  35. That is so nice of you to bake a cake for your friend on her birthday. Care to make one for me on my upcoming birthday ha ha..I remember having a huge black forest cake for my 21st birthday. I like it because the cream they used was fresh cream. Gosh, that was gazillion years ago.

  36. birdietobe: thanks for dropping by here and leaving a comment!

    mary: oh, how i wish i cald really give you a piece of this! nice day to you too!

    sue: thank you!

    arthur: you couldnt see the messy part but still a big thanks for your compliments! Terima kasih!( thank you)

    hey zoe: i admire your talent in that mclightning car cake which you made for your son!

    waikitt: this is not complicated at all.i think it's the easist of all layered cakes..really!

    bee2: it's yummy because i managed to steal to eat a few of that broken pieces!

    lee: coffeehouse? reminds me of that rose and the sweet messages that you wrote.habis cerita? not yet..wait till i belajar baca pantun from you first..

    kenny: eating a black forest in the jungle? did you sing baltimora like a tarzan boy?

    alice: this is one of the best choc sponge cake that i've tried. and the rest is rather simple. thanks for coming back to me on that choc fondant! praline sounds a bit of work to me.

    juliana: i agree that this classic cake do brings back some memories to many of us here and thanks for your nice words!

    littleinbox: i dont do this very often but she's a very close friend!

    daphne: i know abt the cream..that's also one of the reason why i didnt frost the whole cake!

    gert: that cake must be really big and delicious that you can still remember today. Gazillion years ago..haha! i wonder how you look like..

  37. Oh my! This looks so good! Bet it tastes even better! :) Terima kasih for sharing the recipe!