Thursday, January 05, 2017

Black forest cake (Eggless)

When I was growing up, cakes were not very common. There were plum cakes for Christmas, but other than that, we hardly ever ate much cake. For birthdays, the standard fare was always payasam and a sadya - very rarely did the celebration involve cutting a cake. The few birthday cakes I remember eating were all iced with flowers that looked bright, colorful and beautiful, but were really hard to bite into. Now, with a profusion of flavors, frostings, toppings and fillings to choose from, I find that I prefer simple flavors and minimal frosting.
For the last few years, I have been baking the new year cake for the get-together that me and my friends host on new year's eve. This year, I made a crowd favorite - an eggless black forest cake.

What you need:

Basic chocolate cake - 1
Whipped cream ( 1cup of heavy whipping cream + 5 tbsp. of sugar beaten at high speed till stiff peaks form)
1 jar of canned cherries
Chocolate shavings

With a serrated knife or a cake leveler, cut the cake into two layers. Place the bottom layer on the cake board. With a pastry brush, apply some of the canned cherry syrup all over the cake. Alternatively, you can use sugar syrup too. Evenly spread a layer of whipped cream on this layer and top it with some chopped cherries. Place the second layer of cake on top of this. Apply cherry syrup over it and then spread whipped cream on top of it. Frost the sides of the cake and smooth the icing with an offset spatula. Top the cake with some cherries and chocolate shavings.

This is my second recipe for Blogging Marathon #72 under the them Kids' Delight - Cakes & Cookies. Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing this BM
This recipe also goes to Kids' delight event hosted by Vidhya’s Vegetarian Kitchen and run by Srivalli – Spice Your Life!


Srivalli said...

Yea I remember the same too, how it was always either payasam or gulab jamun for birthdays..the cake cuttings came much later..and yes one of the first cakes I remember eating was this Black forest cake...looks very pretty Jay..

Pavani said...

I love Black forest cake and yours looks absolutely amazing.

Sharmila kingsly said...

Black Forest is always a evergreen bake.. Very nicely made :)

vaishali sabnani said...

Delicious bake , this is an all time favourite cake with many . Looks great .

Padmajha said...

I guess black forest was everyone's favorite back then too! Your cake looks so pretty Jay!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

You cannot go wrong with black forest cake. It is loved by everyone. Looks wonderful!

Archana said...

I too remember this phase where cakes were a rarity. The only sponge that amma made was what we ate. The icing cakes that we had for "grand Birthdays" were few and far away.

Beautifully done cake.

Priya Suresh said...

Wish i get a super huge slice of this cake, such a beautiful frosting.

Harini R said...

My childhood experience of birthdays is similar to yours too. Only after my wedding, things have changed with each year being some kind of a surprise :) Lovely cake.

cookingwithsapana said...

Black Forest is all time favourite cake. Looks yummy.

preeti garg said...

Awesome cake... so tasty and perfect for new eve