Luxury Black Forest Gateau

The Luxury Black Forest Gateau Recipe Newly resurrected to its glorious best, this classic German cake deserves its place on a celebration table.

6 tbsp butter, melted
6 large eggs, at room temperature
¾ cup sugar
3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup cocoa powder,
plus more for dusting
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the filling and decoration:
2 x 14oz (425g) cans pitted black
cherries, drained, 6 tbsp juice reserved
and cherries from 1 can coarsely
4 tbsp Kirsch
2 cups heavy cream
6oz (150g) dark chocolate, grated

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and line the pan with parchment paper.

2 Put the eggs and sugar into a large heatproof bowl that will fit over a saucepan.

3 Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water. Don’t let the bowl touch the water.

4 Whisk until the mixture is pale and thick, and will hold a trail from the beaters.

5 Remove from the heat and whisk for another 5 minutes, or until cooled slightly.

6 Sift the flour and cocoa together, and gently fold into the egg mixture using a spatula.

7 Fold in the vanilla and butter. Transfer to the prepared pan and level the surface.

8 Bake in the oven for 40 minutes, or until risen and just shrinking away from the sides.

9 Turn out on to a wire rack, discard the paper, and cover with a clean cloth. Let it cool.

10 Carefully cut the cake into 3 layers. Use a serrated knife and long sweeping strokes.

11 Combine the reserved cherry juice with the Kirsch, and drizzle a third over each layer.

12 Whip the cream in a separate bowl until it just holds its shape; it should not be stiff.

13 Place a layer of cake on a plate. Spread with cream and half the chopped cherries.

14 Repeat with the second sponge. Top with the final sponge, baked side up. Press down.

15 Spread the sides with a thin layer of the cream. Transfer the rest to the piping bag.

16 Press grated chocolate onto the creamy sides with a palette knife.

17 Pipe a ring of cream swirls around the cake and place the whole cherries inside.

18 Sprinkle any remaining chocolate evenly over the peaks of piped cream before serving. STORE The cake can be covered and chilled for up to 3 days.

Luxury Black Forest Gateau
Luxury Black Forest Gateau
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