2011-02-14

Will hibernate for a month - Black Forest Cake

What's in air? I have no idea whats going around, but yes I'm surrounded by my treasured peoples love 365 days! If you chose today to express yourself, say you love! 

In Finland it is celebrated as friends day, every year it has been fun time with friends, food and yum chocolate cake. This year with mum around, we haven't planned anything special (weather is -25C outside) other than  warm cozy dinner, with some bruschetta, pasta and molten chocolate cakes ;)

Black forest being Papa's and Mama's favorite cake I made sure to bake them. Since there had been many baking and eating we opted for mini version, later thought giga size would have been better! Previous time when the cake was baked during summer I made the jam from fresh cherries, freshness was scintillating, have added the recipe for it below. For this season I chose jam version, luckily got kind of home made version with chunks of cherries and ofcourse a good dollop of rum in it brought the difference. Fresh cream + mascarpone cheese was the highlight and super moist chocolate cake....Bliss!  We relished every slice of it!

This post is for my Mum, Pops and Sis. Mum and Pops,  thanks for bring me into this world, for making me what I'm today and for dealing with your overly demanding girl. To my sis who is top on earth patient and extremely supportive. I love you guys.

Dear ladies and gentlemen, I will be off from blogosphere for about a month, sorry about it. I know maybe I need some courses on time management, sigh! Till then have fun, cook a lot, eat well and stay happy. Will hop in once in a while in your blogs, if not pardon me! Happy Valentine days/Hyvää ystävänpäivä! 








Ingredients

For chocolate cake:
50 gram flour
70 gram sugar
2 1/2 tbspn of organic cocoa powder
1/4 tspn salt
1´1/2 tspn baking powder
1/2 tspn baking  soda
2 eggs
1 tspn vanilla extract
50 ml vegetable oil
75 ml boiling water

Preheat oven to 175 degree C.  Butter, flour and line the bottoms of two 9 cm round cake pan.
Combine flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda and sieve to mix.
In a separate bowl, beat sugar and egg yolk until creamy, next add in vegetable oil. In a another separate bowl beat in white egg to soft peak. Very gently incorporate white egg and dry ingredients in parts to the sugar yolk mixture till well combined. After the cake batter is mixed well . Pour the boiling water into the batter and very gently mix until smooth. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake it for about 25-30  minutes.  The cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out cleanly. Repeat the same process to make another batch so you get four layers or double the process in beginning and divided the batter in four cake pans. 

for dark chocolate ganache:  click here  (1/2 the amount was sufficient)          

for dark cherry filling: click here and here

For jam version
Mix store brought or home made jam 4 - 6 tbspn (depending on how much amount of sweetness you need) with one tbspn of rum or brandy (optional)

Mascarpone whipped cream:
250 gram mascarpone cheese
200 ml whipping cream
80 gram sugar
1 tspn vanilla extra

Combine sugar and cream and beat until single stiff peaks are formed. Very carefully whip the mascarpone cheese till they are smooth on low speed. Gently fold in mascarpone into the cream till well smoothly combined. This cream has to be used immediately.

Another method is combine cream cheese, whipping cream and  sugar beat on low till soft peaks are formed, be careful not to over beat them...i'm not confident of this method! 

Assembly
Spread a thin layer of ganache on top cakes.  Let set for at least two hours. On a cake stand, first layer one halve of the cake, spread one table spoon of cherry filling or jam next spread good amount of cream cheese filling. Follow this for next two layers. Frost the last layer with remaining cream cheese filling and decorate with chocolate shavings or coco powder or any kind as you like! 

64 comments:

Kairali sisters February 14, 2011 at 4:25 PM  

Ananda, this is food torture :-). Black forest is my ultimate fav when it comes to cakes and your looks such a delight to my eyes and tummy :-)..Way to go girl!!!

Sharmilee! :) February 14, 2011 at 4:32 PM  

Awesome is an understatement, looks so yumm

Nithya February 14, 2011 at 4:44 PM  

Beautiful cake :) love it totally falling for it. Blackforest is one of the finest cakes and I am a big fan of it. You made them look so professional :)

Priti February 14, 2011 at 4:45 PM  

Looks so yum and beautiful ....very tempting ...hope you enjoy your day

Now Serving February 14, 2011 at 4:50 PM  

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Sharon @ Fun and Life February 14, 2011 at 5:01 PM  

Amazing black forrest cake! I'd love a piece! ;) You'll be off blogging for a month? Say it isn't so! One thing's for sure, we'll all miss your gorgeous photos and mouthwatering creations! Enjoy the time off and hope to see you back soon! And Happy Valentine's Day :D

Priya's Feast February 14, 2011 at 5:25 PM  

Awesome super moist black forest cake...wish to have them rite now..

An Open Book February 14, 2011 at 5:31 PM  

utterly marvellous..have a nice break :)

Priya February 14, 2011 at 8:31 PM  

Omg, wat a fabulous and highly tempting cake..Happy friendship day dear..

Suja Sugathan February 14, 2011 at 9:08 PM  

Moist and delicious cake,looks so elegant and tempting.

Pavithra February 14, 2011 at 9:18 PM  

HEy Ananda Happy Valentines day dearie.. the cake is completely awesome so professional, moist, omg seriously wish to have a slice.One of my fav cake forever...

Swathi February 14, 2011 at 9:26 PM  

Black forest cake looks awesome. Enjoy your classes and come back to blogging with bang.

Soma February 14, 2011 at 9:30 PM  

Happy Friendship Day! Now this is some way to celebrate!! My very favorite cake. Black Forest never looked so beautiful. You live too far away, or else I would be you uninvited guest for sure. Very Very well done.

Smitha February 14, 2011 at 10:15 PM  

Beautiful Black Forest cake ,can't ask for more..Super tempting !!!

Biny Anoop February 14, 2011 at 11:55 PM  

dats heaven for me....surely friends who can visit u today is lucky.....
loved it

Torviewtoronto February 15, 2011 at 1:22 AM  

beautiful presentation and cake

? February 15, 2011 at 1:29 AM  

This looks simply delicious Ananda!
I have noticed that many of us, always compare the Black Forest Cake we had back in India and that is a favourite for many of us. Good luck with your studies and work...

Suman Singh February 15, 2011 at 5:01 AM  

Happy Valentine's Day!
Cake looks luscious and divine..perfect for the day..Hope to see you back soon.

Turmericnspice February 15, 2011 at 5:18 AM  

perfect...looks lovely!! First time here...u have an awesome space :)

Vimitha Anand February 15, 2011 at 5:37 AM  

Lovely cake and lovely looking blog...
Happy to follow u. Do drop by @ My culinary Trial room when u fond time...

Anna Johnston February 15, 2011 at 6:05 AM  

Absolutely STUNNING Ananda, I adore Black Forest Cake & you have decorated this cake so beautifully. I think I'd be another uninvited guest too if you lived closer as well...., just gorgeous.
Happy Valentines Day Lovely One :)

Pari February 15, 2011 at 6:19 AM  

Wow!That's one fabulous cake dear. Happy friend's day and enjoy ur break and studies.

FOODELICIOUS

Sanjeeta kk February 15, 2011 at 7:32 AM  

What a gorgeous cake, as expected from you for the V day, Ananda! You really are a queen of baking. Best wishes and have a great week ahead.

My attempt at The Julie/Julia project February 15, 2011 at 9:31 AM  

Beautiful clicks.. love the cute cute cake...
Happy valentine's day to u too and enjoy ur time management class :)

EliFla February 15, 2011 at 11:38 AM  

Ananda this cake is wonderful....but I need some Heart!!! Hugs, Flavia

Ushnish Ghosh February 15, 2011 at 12:36 PM  

Dear Ananda
What a coincidence !! I am also off blog for a month or so!!
Enjoy your break!
I like the write up on your feelings.
Take care

Deeba PAB February 15, 2011 at 1:21 PM  

I'm ready for a BIG slice Ananda. This is a stunning cake! Welcome back, and ever so deliciously!!

Catherine February 15, 2011 at 2:49 PM  

Mmmm I could eat that entire cake right now! Have a lovely time on your break and I look forward to your return, Ananda!

Kulsum@JourneyKitchen February 15, 2011 at 5:36 PM  

I knew I would fins something gorgeous here :) Very well done Ananda! Hope u see more of u...but everyone deserves a break

Treat and Trick February 15, 2011 at 6:36 PM  

What a fabulous treat and tempting click! Love the way you've decorated the cake. Enjoy your break....

C&G February 15, 2011 at 8:41 PM  

Stunning cake, and I love the photos (as usual!!!)

Smitha February 15, 2011 at 8:59 PM  

giga size of black forest cake is always better...its looks dashing!
enjoy ur time off!
Smitha
http://smithasspicyflavors.blogspot.com/

Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy February 15, 2011 at 9:06 PM  

Looks amazing as usual.I heart Black Forest.Have a nice break and come back soon with more cakes.

Choclette February 15, 2011 at 11:09 PM  

Must be lovely to have your parents over with you. Sounds like your enjoying it, as they must be with all that chocolate cake ;-)

Devaki February 15, 2011 at 11:51 PM  

Dear Ananada- How is it that you can read my mind - we were just talking about Black Forest cake the otehr day and how we grew up on oit and how we miss it!

Thanks for the fix and now I must make some soon....as soon as I lose the weight from that Valentine's day cake.

Have a wonderful break and loads of warm and fuzzies coming your way!

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

aipi February 16, 2011 at 6:00 AM  

Oh my..this is sheer torture dear..that cake looks out of this world ..perfectly made n clicked!

Enjoy your break :)

US Masala

Angie's Recipes February 16, 2011 at 7:12 PM  

What a classic chocolate treat! Very pretty too.

Ameena February 17, 2011 at 12:09 AM  

This is such a sweet post! I love how close you are with your parents - I hope that my daughter writes something similar when she gets older.

Enjoy your break from blogging - I absolutely need to do the same thing. My time management is in desperate need of help!

Cucina di Barbara February 17, 2011 at 12:18 AM  

Dear Ananda,
-25C ?!?! I can't survive a whole winter!:))
Actually here in London is cold as well, but I am Italian so I love the hot sun:)
But,... I could fly over there only to taste your beautiful cake:)
toc toc, I am outside your door:) Pls open me:)
Barbara

Gulmohar February 17, 2011 at 1:02 AM  

Wonderful cake. Wish I could grab that plate from screen...Now I am seriously tempted to make one my own...
Hopefully you'll be back soon. I can imagine how busy you'll be with a thesis to complete.I always admire you dedication..

NIDHYA February 17, 2011 at 1:26 AM  

What a rich decadent and tempting cake! Love it love it love it

Aaha Oho

Pushpa February 17, 2011 at 7:44 AM  

Looks perfect and delicious..

Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com February 17, 2011 at 12:41 PM  

goodness gracious. That's VERY very cold !

Lovely looking cake Ananda

Have a nice holiday !

Swapna February 17, 2011 at 4:48 PM  

Beautiful BF cake Ananda!

vegetarianirvana February 17, 2011 at 6:06 PM  

My favorite! When you grow up in India it is a everyone's favorite cake, not many people have tried it here in N.America.Lovely lovely pictures. Take care.

MaryMoh February 18, 2011 at 11:34 AM  

Awww....Ananda, you always come out with awesome desserts and pictures. Your cake just looks SO good! Love every portion of it...icing and all. Going to miss you as you take a break. Hope your one month is not extended. Will wait very patiently. Please take care and enjoy your break. Hugs. Mary from Scotland.

M D February 19, 2011 at 9:48 AM  

u always steal the attention on ur blog with some mind blowing pics and desserts. this black forest cake looks decadent and captivating.

Prerna@IndianSimmer February 20, 2011 at 6:44 AM  

Black Forest cake should be announced and India's national cake 'cos I have not seen one Indian who doesn't like it or who has not even a single memory attached to it!
Bookmarking the recipe and I'm definitely gonna try this one during my upcoming India trip. Its my mom's favorite too n I'm gonna make my mommy proud :-)

Jay February 21, 2011 at 5:25 PM  

can t stop myself from grabbing a piece...irrresistable cliks...:)
Tasty appetite

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Biny Anoop February 26, 2011 at 10:57 AM  

there is a surprise waiting for u in my space....do check it out.
biny

Dimah March 1, 2011 at 2:18 PM  

Wow that cake is GORGEOUS!

Indie.Tea March 2, 2011 at 11:06 AM  

I am not the biggest fan of chocolate or cherries, but I do love black forest. When combined, chocolate and cherries are incredible. And your rendition of this cake is so spectacularly pretty.
I hope you enjoy your 'time off', and come back refreshed.

Neenu Praveen March 4, 2011 at 3:55 PM  

very yummy....

Lynds March 8, 2011 at 5:10 AM  

That is stunning! Fantastic pics - looks so delicious!

I know you're away for the next month but I just wanted to let you know I passed on the 'One Lovely Blog' Award to you -

http://vanillacloudsandlemondrops.blogspot.com/2011/03/pink-champagne-truffles-and-awards.html

Avika J Chawla March 10, 2011 at 11:19 PM  

Wow..the cake looks awesome and so tempting..i am bookmarking ur blog.Happy blogging!!
http://varietyisthespiceofyourlife.blogspot.com/

Milly March 11, 2011 at 11:22 AM  

yummm

love your blog, I'm following!

I've got a CHANEL GIVEAWAY here... would love you to enter:

http://thoroughlymodernmilly5.blogspot.com/2011/03/chanel-giveaway.html

xx

Now Serving March 12, 2011 at 2:53 AM  

Ananda, this is one feast for the eyes! you must totally enter it for my cake event dear - Look forward! xo priya

http://priyasnowserving.blogspot.com/2011/02/announcing-second-guest-event.html

? March 17, 2011 at 4:27 PM  

Am unable to see the comment link in the Salmon Soup post Ananada!
The white composition must have been tricky to manage but some snapshots have come through with the subtle colors of the soup!

Priya Sreeram March 23, 2011 at 8:13 AM  

awesome it looks and i was planning to bake it sometime this month- this one gets my love ! and hey ur back from hibernation post is highly appreciated- echo the same sentiments vis-avis japan & lovely clicks 1

Raksha March 23, 2011 at 2:16 PM  

awesome.

1st time visitor and follower.

http://rakshaskitchen.blogspot.com

simply.food March 23, 2011 at 10:50 PM  

I am drooling nad salivating at the clicks.Looks so very delicious. Have a lovely blogging break.

Sensible Vegetarian April 7, 2011 at 4:38 PM  

First time here, love the black forest cakes. Very beautiful photographs.

Manal May 16, 2011 at 9:42 PM  

Can I know wt that cute little teacup hanging from the mug is used for? I want on
Ne too :)
P.s. Cake looks delicious.

 
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