Black Forest is a classic cake which I had many times when I lived in Germany and Austria as a youngster.
The flavour of the cherries mixed with chocolate sponge and whipped cream makes this cake really moreish and delicious.
My sister made a Black Forest dessert-version in a glass for us which we enjoyed after our big sunday's roast dinner. We had roast beef with potatoes and radicchio from my dad's field which Laura brought over in her luggage.
She hardly had any clothes in her suitcase! Instead there was mainly food including panettone, pandoro and nougat for Christmas. That is so very Italian 🙂 Of course I loved all the goodies which included one my favourites cookery magazine too. A good inspiration for Christmas recipes.
You can moisten the chocolate sponge with a liquor but you can use the juice of the cherries or even orange juice if you prefer an alcohol-free version.
- Prep Time : 20 minutes
- Cook Time : 20 minutes
- Yield : 2
- plain flour - 20 g -1/4 cup
- corn flour - 25 g -1/4 cup
- eggs - 2
- unsweetened cocoa powder - 15 g - 1/8 cup
- dark chocolate - 50 g - 1/3 cup
- sugar - 60 g - 1/4 cup
- cherries in kirsch, in a can or similar - 10
- liquor or orange juice - 30 ml - 1 fluid oz
- fresh cream - 250 ml - 8 fluid oz
- vanilla essence - 1 tsp
You will need two glasses to assemble and serve your dessert.
In a bowl whip the eggs with the sugar until pale and creamy. Add the vanilla essence, the cocoa powder, the corn flour and the sifted plain flour. Stir the ingredients well together.
Pour the mixture onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. I have used a round mold measuring diameter 22 cm or 9 inch. Cook for 20 minutes at 160C or 320F .
When it is cooked let it cool down then with a round pastry cutter smaller than the diameter of your glass, cut out 4 disks.
Whip the cream to a firm consistency, grate or chop the chocolate with a knife
Put 3 cherries at the bottom of each glass
Put one chocolate disk on top of the cherries and moisten it with some of the liquor or with the orange juice. Put some whipped cream on top, then cover with another moistened disk, more cream then add 2 cherries on top.
Sprinkle with grated chocolate and if you like pour a bit of cherry juice on top. Decorate with green leaves.