Eggless Black Forest Cake

Delicious, rich & a perfect eggless cake to bake for occasions & celebrations. Black forest cake is a classic dessert made with several layers of chocolate sponge cake soaked with kirschwasser (cherry spirit), then sandwiched with whipped cream & cherries.

Preparation time: 40minutes
Baking time: 25minutes

Serves :8

Calories:502 kcal

Recipe by SWASTHI

Ingredients

For the chocolate cake (makes two 6 inch cakes)

  • cups flour (wheat or all-purpose flour)
  • ¼ cup cocoa (good quality)
  • 1 tsp baking soda (recheck expiry date)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup fine sugar or sugar powdered
  • 1 cup milk or water (at room temperature, refer notes)
  • 1/3 cup oil (I used virgin coconut oil)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice

Other ingredients

  • ½ to ¾ cup chopped cherries(fresh or maraschino)
  • 2 tbsp sugar (skip if making cherry syrup)
  • 4 to 5 tbsp water

For frosting

  • cups whipping cream chilled (36% fat or above)
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar or confectioners sugar (refer notes)

Ingredients for decorating

  • 6 to 8 cherries (fresh or maraschino)
  • 1 chocolate bar for chocolate shavings

How To Prepare

To make chocolate cake

  1. Grease & line two 6 inch cake pans or one 8 inch pan. Preheat the oven to 170 C for at least 15 mins.
  2. Sieve together flour, salt, cocoa and baking soda to a mixing bowl. Mix up the sugar and make a well in the center.
  3. Pour oil, vinegar, vanilla and milk or water. Mix well until just combined and is free of lumps.
  4. Pour the batter to the cake pans and knock to the kitchen counter a few times.
  5. Bake the cake for – 20 mins if using two 6 inch pans. Bake for – 23 to 28 mins if using one 8 inch pan. When done tester inserted comes out clean.
  6. Cool the cake pan on a wire rack for 8 to 10 mins. Invert it on the rack and cool completely before frosting.

Making cherry syrup

  1. If using sugar syrup boil 2 tbsps of sugar in 4 to 5 tbsps of water until the sugar dissolves and comes to a rolling boil.
  2. Or add 3 tbsps water to chopped cherries and set aside for 45 to 50 mins.
  3. Strain the cherries and collect the syrup.
  4. Pat the cherries gently to remove excess juices.

To make chocolate shavings

  1. Keep the chocolate at room temperature for a while until it is easy to handle.
  2. Shave the chocolate bar using a fruit peeler. Keep it in the fridge until used.

Preparing frosting

  1. Chill a bowl & beaters for at least 2 hours to whip the cream. I also chill the cake for an hour.
  2. If made to a single 8 inch cake then cut it to 2 layers. I do not prefer to slice the cake so I bake in two 6 inch pans.
  3. Pour some cherry syrup or sugar syrup on each layer of the cake. Set this aside.
  4. Pour the whipping cream to the chilled bowl and begin to whip on a low speed then on medium speed until bubbly and slightly thick.
  5. Then add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Whip until stiff peaks.
  6. Fit a pipping nozzle inside a piping bag or use a disposable plastic bag.
  7. Transfer half cup of whipped cream to the bag. Refrigerate until used.
  8. Do not handle the bag a lot else the cream will soften.

Decorating the cake

  1. Spread 1 tbsp whipped cream on the cake stand and place a cake layer over it.
  2. Then begin to spread some frosting over it. Spread chopped cherries over the cream.
  3. Next place another layer of cake and spread the frosting.
  4. Finish up on the top portion and sides as well.
  5. Refrigerate the cream and the cake too for 45 to 50 mins if the cream begins to turn soft.
  6. Lastly spread a generous amount of whipped cream to finish off.
  7. Cover the sides of the cake with the chocolate shavings.
  8. Then decorate the cake border using the piping bag.
  9. I made about 12 roses you can do as many as you like – big or small. You can make your own designs too.
  10. Place the chilled whole cherries on the roses and then fill up the gaps with chocolate shavings.
  11. Refrigerate the eggless black forest cake until needed.

Eggless Black Forest Cake

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Eggless Black Forest Cake