Monday, May 19, 2014

Black Forest Cake

Summer is upon us and so the student workers in our office are leaving.  We had a little farewell party for them and enjoyed this cake.  I really think they should make a cake for us, because now we have no one to pass work off to and we have to rehire student workers for the summer, which is more work for us.  But then you think about cake made in a dorm room...yea, not so much.

Black Forest Cake
adapted from Sweet and Savory by Shinee blog

For Cake
• 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
• ¾ cup sugar
• ½ cup cocoa powder
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 1/3 cup warm water
• 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
• 1 egg
• ½ cup milk
• ¼ cup vegetable oil
• ½ tablespoon pure vanilla extract

For White Chocolate Mousse
• 1 ½ teaspoons (60gr) powdered gelatin
• 2 tablespoons water
• 12oz (340gr) white chocolate
• 2 cups heavy cream

For Cherry Sauce
• 4 cups pitted sweet cherries, fresh or frozen
• ½ cup sugar
• 4 tablespoons cornstarch
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Spray 9-inch springform pan with a cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
3. In a small cup, dissolve the instant espresso powder in water. Set aside.
4. In a large mixing bowl with paddle attachment, mix together egg, milk, vegetable oil and vanilla extract on medium speed until well combined. Add dry ingredients and mix on low speed just until everything is incorporated. Stir in mixed espresso. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the inserted toothpick comes out clean.
5. Cool the cake on wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and let it cool completely.
6. To make the white chocolate mousse filling, in a small cup sprinkle the gelatin over cold water. Let it stand for 5 minutes.
7. In a small saucepan, pour ½ cup of heavy cream and bring it to simmer over low heat. Don’t boil. Remove from heat and add the gelatin mixture. Stir until gelatin is fully dissolved.
8. In medium bowl, pour the warm mixture over white chocolate and using a silicone spatula mix until the chocolate is completely melted.
9. In a large mixing bowl with whisk attachment, whip the remaining 1 ½ cups of heavy cream until hard peaks. Fold in the whipped cream into the white chocolate mixture.
10. When the cake is cooled completely, divide the cake horizontally into two equal layers with a serrated knife. Put the bottom layer into the springform pan and add half of the white chocolate mousse filling. Spread evenly. Place the top layer on a separate plate and pour the remaining white chocolate mousse over it. Place both layers in the freezer for an hour to let the mousse set.
11. Meanwhile, make the cherry sauce. In a medium saucepan, bring the cherries to boil over medium-high heat.
12. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add this to the boiling cherries along with vanilla extract and lemon juice. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook the mixture, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, for about 5 minutes, or until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and cool completely.
13. Pour half of the cherry sauce over the bottom layer with white chocolate mousse, then place the top layer of the cake with white chocolate mousse and pour the remaining cherry sauce. You may serve right away.
1 year ago:   Pork Sandwiches
2 years ago: Lemon Meringue Pie

May 19.2014   Daylight 19 hrs. 10 min. 12 secs.   Temp. H 50/ L 30°F

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