This is my last German recipe post as part of my international meal planning posts. It has been so fun trying new foods, and it's made me excited to visit Germany one day.
Next month is Ecuador, and although we have posted a few Ecuadorian recipes on here before, these will be dinner recipes that you'll most definitely want to try. So stay tuned next week for that.
Black Forest Cake
If you've been following our blog awhile you may have noticed that we don't drink alcohol, so you can consider this recipe a ''dry'' Black Forest Cake. A delicious treat the whole family can enjoy. In place of the Kirsch, I used tart cherry juice. It was mixed with apple juice, but I soaked the cherries in the juice, which deepened the cherry flavor. I've linked to the juice I used.
This cake was soooooo good. My husband said it is worth the calories to have a piece. I must say that I agree. Plus it's got cherries, so that's fruit and all the antioxidants in the chocolate, I mean, can we really say this cake is all that unhealthy. ;)
I had some black cherries in my freezer from awhile ago. The package had started to go bad so I saved what I could and threw the rest out. So I only had about a cup and a half of cherries. Which means my cherry filling was pretty skimpy. I made it into a compote to stretch it a bit farther and that worked well. But I think 3 cups of cherries would be ideal for this cake. Because usually there would be cherries on top of the cake as well.
Don't use cherry pie filling! It's too sweet. Every thing I've read about this cake, Germans always lamented the use of cherry pie filling in a Black Forest Cake. Don't get me wrong, I love a good chocolate cake with cherry pie filling, but it's not for this cake. This cake isn't supposed to be very sweet. For this same reason I wouldn't use cherry cocktail, I think it would be too sweet.
My final tip is to use your food processor (if you have one) to shave your chocolate. I tried doing it by hand on my cheese grater and it produced beautiful chocolate swirls, but also was really awkward and took forever. I put the grater blade (big side up) in my food processor, and it wasn't as beautiful but was so much easier and faster. In the center of my cake I used a dark chocolate bar cut into triangles to make an abstract kind of forest. I think it turned out pretty cute.