She was three, she turned four and now she is five . Happy birthday to my baby girl. Time has flown by so fast and she is surprising me each day with her talks, interests and naughtiness of course . Her first choice of cake was obviously red velvet; she loves pink. But she agreed to taking red velvet ice-cream cone cupcakes to her school and that gave me the freedom to finally try out the black forest cake.
I really loved baking this cake because it was so easy to put together. The cake was moist and the taste was out of this world. The frosting was perfect with the right amount of sweetness. Getting the chocolate shavings on the sides was a bit tricky and I spent a good amount of time on it. But it was totally worth the effort. The cake looks gorgeous .
My daughter as always was waiting for us to finish frosting the cake so she can have the leftover frosting. This reminds me of an incident that my friend told me. She helps out in the school that my daughter goes to and brought treats for the kids for Easter. She noticed my daughter not showing much interest in the cake and told her that she can dump it if she wants to. My picky eater promptly dumped it in trash and was also boasting about “mom’s” homemade frosting and how she loves it. Looks like my girl is picky not only with vegetables, but also with frosting. Off to the recipe. Recipe from here.
Extremely moist and delicious cake.
- For Cake
- sugar - 2 cups
- all purpose flour - 1 3/4 cups
- cocoa powder - 3/4 cup
- baking powder - 1.5 tsp
- baking soda - 1.5 tsp
- salt - 1 tsp
- eggs - 2
- milk - 1 cup (I used 2%)
- oil - 1/2 cup
- vanilla extract - 2 tsp
- water - 1 cup - boiling water
- cherries - 1 can (20 oz) - I used the pie filling can
- For Frosting
- heavy cream - 1.5 cups
- powdered sugar - 1/2 cup
- vanilla extract - 2 tsp
Whisk sugar, all purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; Beat for about 2 minutes on medium speed. Stir in boiling water and mix with a spatula.
Grease and flour two 9 inch pans and evenly distribute the batter between the two pans. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 30 - 35 minutes until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool for 15 minutes and then move them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Combine heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Whip until soft to almost-stiff peaks form.
Place one cake layer on the serving platter and top with frosting and cherries. Place the next layer and frost the cake fully. Decorate with cherries and chocolate shavings.
1. I grated the chocolate using a vegetable peeler. You have to gently stick these on the cake sides. I used a spoon (backside) to gently stick them. This requires patience.
2. For the top, I grated the chocolate using a microplane grater.
3. You can use the cherry pie filling or get the cherries from the canned fruit section.
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1. Cake : Take sugar, all purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.2. Whisk them together.3. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; Beat for a couple of minutes on medium speed.4. This is after the mixing.5. Meanwhile boil a cup of water.6. Add the boiling water to the batter.7. Mix using a spatula.8. Grease and flour two 9 inch pans.9. Evenly pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 30 - 35 min until a tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean.10. Out of the oven. Allow to cool for 15 minutes.11. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.12. Frosting : Take heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in a bowl.13. Whisk until soft to almost-stiff peaks form.14. Place one layer of the cake on the serving platter. Cover with frosting and place the cherries on it. 15. Place the next layer on top.16. Frost the cake.17. Decorate as desired with chocolate shavings and cherries.
Super moist cake ready. This cake is sure to wow your guests .
Linking to Bake Fest #18 hosted by Tangy Minds.