Black Forest Birthday Cake

So my mum’s birthday was on the weekend, and I offered to make a cake. She always made our birthday cakes when we were younger so I wanted to return the favour. No one should have to make their own birthday cake anyway… Except me, because I like to. When I asked her what she wanted she presented me with honey cake or black forest cake. Black forest cake was the surprising forerunner. So much fun to be had with cream, chocolate, cherries, and cherry brandy… Happy birthday Mum!!!!!

IMG_9336Chocolate cake

  • 100g almond meal
  • 3 eggs
  • 180g Demerara sugar
  • 300g peeled and grated courgette
  • 120g flour
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 20ml cherry brandy
  • tinned cherries

Whisk eggs and sugar until pale and fluffy.

Add courgette and almond meal, then the flour, cocoa and baking powder, followed by the cherry brandy. Beat until incorporated

Pour evenly into the tins, scatter a few cherries on the tops and bake for 20-30 mins

Allow to cool and slice each into 2 layers

Ganache

  • IMG_9324¬†60ml cream
  • 10ml cherry brandy
  • 125g dark chocolate, chopped up

Heat the cream and brandy

Pour over the chocolate and leave for a few minutes

Stir until smooth

Vanilla Cream

  • 250ml cream
  • Icing sugar (to taste)
  • 5ml vanilla bean paste

Whip the cream to a stiff consistency, adding icing sugar and vanilla extract.

Cherry Cream

  • 250ml cream
  • 20ml cherry brandy
  • icing sugar (to taste)

Whip the cream to a stiff consistency, adding icing sugar and the cherry brandy.

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Assembly

This is how I put the cake together from bottom up:

Cake

Cherry Jam

Vanilla Cream

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Cherry JamCherry Cream

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Vanilla Cream

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I iced the edges with a mix of the left over cream and grated chocolate, did the top with ganache and piped cream and placed cherries.IMG_9327

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