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Black Forest Cake

January 2008

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Cherries are normally used in Black Forest cake but we used red currants instead. Why? Our supermarket had run out of canned sour red cherries(!) (We could have gone further afield to search other stores' shelves but it was late, a little cold and we were on our bikes.) While we prefer cherries in the cake, it turns out that red currants are an excellent substitute.

Black Forest cake - January 2008

Drain the red currants (or cherries if you have them) and add kirsch. Boil the drained juice with some sugar to make syrup.

red currants - January 2008syrup - January 2008

Whip heavy cream with a little icing sugar until soft peaks form. Gently stir in kirsch

whip cream - January 2008stir in kirsch - January 2008

Because there are only two of us, we make one layer and cut it in half to produce a halfmoon shaped cake. Poke holes in top of the bottom layer with a fork. Drizzle bottom layer with syrup and slather with almost half the cream.

Black Forest cake - January 2008

Evenly distribute most of the red currants (or cherries) on top of the cream.

Black Forest cake - January 2008

Place top layer on the cream and carefully poke holes with a fork.

Black Forest cake - January 2008

Pour remaining syrup overtop.

Black Forest cake - January 2008

Slather remaining cream overtop.

Black Forest cake - January 2008

Use the remaining fruit to create a design. Run the narrow edge of a rubber scraper on the sides of the syrup pot to draw lines in the cream.

Black Forest cake - January 2008

Black Forest cake - January 2008

The icing sugar stabilizes the cream so that even the next day, the cream holds its shape. Just in case we hadn't eaten enough, we served this cake after having roast duck a l'orange.

Black Forest cake - January 2008

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