Recipe by Sarah Phillips; Food styling and photos by Kelly Hong © 2011 Sarah Phillips CraftyBaking.com
The Black Forest Cherry Cake, also known as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, is a classic combination of chocolate cake perfumed with Kirsch syrup, sweetened sour cherries, and whipped cream. Though the cake originated in Germany, it is copied and used all over Europe and called a Foret Noire in French and Foresta Nera in Italian. Making the cake is not done in a few minutes, however, the result is most rewarding. If you are in a hurry, you can use ready-made sponge cake layers from a good pastry shop.
Guidelines for a traditional German black forest cake recipe:
chocolate sponge layers, the bottom layer can also be a sweet shortcrust pastry
whipped cream or buttercream, or a combination of both
cherries and Kirschwasser (cherry schnapps, Kirsch) The cherry spirit flavour must be noticeable
the gateau is covered with whipped cream or butter cream and decorated with cream roses, cherries and grated chocolate.
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