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Kick-Back Black Forest Gateau

Black Forest Gateau

5 Star, Gluten Free, Layer cakes | 10th August 2015 | By

Why, I’m now wondering, have I never made Black Forest gateau before? It’s a fabulous bake; not only is it very tasty but it’s also relatively simple to make.

Chocolate and cherries are a bit of a classic and it’s a cake I’ve been meaning to try for many years, but the 70’s image and the recollections of super sweet, artificial gateaux from that era, meant it never quite made it to the top of my must-bake list. Until, that is, last week’s episode of the Great British Bake Off. Pretty much everyone I know, including CT, was glued to the start of the new series. The showstopper round, which always completes the episode, happened to be re-inventing the classic 1970s Black Forest gateau. Well, that was the kick I needed, so I decided my version would bring a kick of its own.

What could bring it more up to date than a touch of chilli? Chocolate and chilli has been one of the most popular flavour combinations of the decade, so why not add cherries to the mix? Cherries, chocolate and chilli – a nice bit of alliteration, but how would they combine? As CT is fond of saying, there’s only one way to find out. I have some chilli vodka sitting in the cupboard awaiting such occasions as these and I also had a bar of sour cherry-chilli chocolate with 85% cocoa content. What could be more Γ  la mode than that?

Black Forest Slice

Using Eat Your Books to see what Black Forest gateau recipes I had in my cookbook collection, I found I had a surprising number. I also found that every single one of them was different. In the end, I based my sponge on a Delia Smith one from the 1970s. Not only did this have the appropriate retro vintage, but Delia described it as “squidgy” – when talking about cake, squidgy gets me every time. It’s also gluten free and light on ingredients, using only three: eggs, sugar and cocoa. I added a fourth. As for the filling and topping, I made it up. With English cherries still in season, I was not going to used tinned or jarred ones.

The result was an utter delight that made CTs day. The sponge was really light, which offset the cream nicely and as Delia had promised it was good and squidgy. There was just a soupΓ§on of chilli coming through, both in the cake and cream, that built up to a pleasing and non-fiery warmth. And the cherries were both  delicious and indulgent – just what you want from a cake.

Black Forest Gateau - Chilli, Chocolate & Cherries
Serves 8
An indulgent but delicious cake featuring chocolate and cherries with a light chilli kick to it. Despite the cream filling and topping, it is a light, flavoursome, not too sweet and delightfully squidgy bake. It makes an excellent dessert as well as a party showpiece. It has the added bonus of being gluten free.
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  2. 150g (5oz) golden caster sugar (I used vanilla sugar)
  3. 50g (2oz) cocoa powder
  4. 150g sour-cherry-chilli chocolate (85%) - chopped
  5. 300ml double cream
  6. 3 tbsp chilli vodka (or kirsch if preferred)
  7. 200g fresh cherries - stoned and halved, plus extra for decoration if liked
Instructions
  1. Separate the eggs placing the yolks in a large bowl and the whites in a smaller one.
  2. Whisk the yolks and sugar for a good few minutes until the mixture has tripled in size, is thick and pale in colour.
  3. Sieve in the cocoa powder and fold gently into the mixture until just incorporated.
  4. Fold in 75g of the chocolate.
  5. With a clean whisk, beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold a β…“ of them into the chocolate mixture to loosen it, then carefully fold in the remaining whites.
  6. Divide the batter between two 8" (20cm) round silicone cake moulds or lined tins and bake at 180℃ for about 20 minutes when the cakes should be well risen and firm to the touch.
  7. Allow to cool a little, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely. They will sink slightly.
  8. Whip the cream and chilli vodka until soft peaks form, then divide into two.
  9. Fold the cherries and 40g of the chocolate into one lot of cream. Spread this over one of the cakes.
  10. Place the other cake on top and spread over the remaining cream. Scatter the remaining chocolate over the top and decorate with more cherries if liked.
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/
GBBO Badge 2015I am sending this to Mummy Mishaps for the Great Bloggers Bake Off

 

 

Simply EggcellentWith so many eggs in this cake, it has to join Dom over at Belleau Kitchen for Simply Eggcellent.

 

 

 

Cake Club BadgeIt also goes to the 2nd Cake Club event over at Kerry Cooks

 

 

 

Bake of the Week LogoLucy over at Baking Queen is hosting Bake of the Week on behalf of Helen, so this is wining it’s way in her direction too.

 

 

 

Recipe of the WeekAnd finally it goes to Recipe of the Week over at A Mummy Too

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  1. Leave a Reply

    Alicia (foodycat)
    10th August 2015

    Sour cherry chilli chocolate sounds fab! I love black forest cake – I don’t think I ever had a bad one to put me off!

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      Choclette
      10th August 2015

      Well you’ve been extraordinarily lucky Alicia, or more likely just not around in the 70s and 80s πŸ˜‰

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    Sisley White
    10th August 2015

    Oh my goodness this looks so good! I’d have never thought to add chilli but I really want to now πŸ™‚ x

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      Choclette
      10th August 2015

      Thanks Sisley. I was quite delighted by the chilli factor Sisley – well worth trying πŸ™‚

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    Boo Roo and Tigger Too
    10th August 2015

    I love the idea of adding a little chilli to the recipe, I think would make my husband more likely to eat a slice or two

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      Choclette
      10th August 2015

      Oh dear, do you have a husband who has problems eating cake? I feel for you πŸ˜‰

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    Jen
    10th August 2015

    Brilliant idea adding chilli to the chocolate, great way to bring the 70s classic bang up to date. Bet this would keep Paul and Mary quiet!

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      Choclette
      10th August 2015

      Ahhh, a beady eyed stare from Mary would be a very scary thing Jen – more so than a derisive comment from Paul I reckon.

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      Choclette
      10th August 2015

      Thanks Emma, I’ve really enjoyed seeing all the different versions out there AND they all look good.

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    Katharine
    10th August 2015

    Mmm, yes, squidgy is definitely the way to go! This is a masterful rendition, it looks simply perfect and has made me long for a large slice!

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      Choclette
      10th August 2015

      Ah thank you Katharine, you sure know how to put a big smile on someone’s face πŸ˜€

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    Cathy Glynn
    10th August 2015

    I am so hungry after trawling through all the great bakes, love chilli with chocolate x

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      Choclette
      10th August 2015

      Thank you Cathy, I’m with you on the chilli and chocolate love πŸ˜‰

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    Prateek D
    10th August 2015

    Loved the recipe, from the description it seems that it isn’t too sweet something I love. Also, the usage of black cherries is a winner for me as is the cherry chili chocolate!

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      Choclette
      10th August 2015

      Thanks Prateek. Whilst I have a sweet tooth, I don’t like things too sugary – less is more.

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      Choclette
      10th August 2015

      It’s really quite a simple bake Jenna and quite delicious too – hurry whilst the cherry season lasts πŸ™‚

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    Cherished By Me
    10th August 2015

    I love the combination of black forest anyway but the addition of chilli…mmm. Looks lovely.

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    Lucy @ BakingQueen74
    10th August 2015

    Loving the addition of chilli, and it looks magnificent, worthy of a place on the Star Baker’s table. πŸ™‚ Thanks for linking up with #Bakeoftheweek!

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      Choclette
      10th August 2015

      Thank you Angie. I’ve never had a true German one. Is there a definitive recipe?

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    Jenny Paulin
    10th August 2015

    hello lovely to meet a fellow SW blogger πŸ™‚
    Your cake looks delicious and I love that you added some chill to your cake, that is a great little tweak to the recipe.
    thank you for linking up x

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      Choclette
      10th August 2015

      Well I had to listen to the experts and bring it into the 21st century πŸ˜‰ I hadn’t realised you are in the South West too Jenny. Where abouts?

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      Choclette
      10th August 2015

      Thanks Emily, it is rather good – for the soul if not the waistline πŸ™‚

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    Heidi Roberts
    10th August 2015

    Now that looks like a proper Black Forest Gateaux

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      Choclette
      11th August 2015

      Thanks Heidi. I like to think it was, though I’m not sure what the purists would think about substituting kirsch for chilli.

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    Phil in the Kitchen
    10th August 2015

    Fantastic variation on that strange old classic. I can remember some really good BFGs in the mid 70s and plenty of pretty bland and unpleasant versions in the late 70s and 80s. No wonder it went out of fashion. If only they’d been like your version. I feel left out on the GBBO excitement, though – I really don’t get it. Oh well, my loss, I suppose.

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      Choclette
      11th August 2015

      Haha Phil, you’ve done well to keep out of it. It’s a silly addiction, which doesn’t really have a great deal to do with baking, but is a bit of fun. You struck lucky with your BFGs – at least early on.

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    Glamorous Glutton
    11th August 2015

    What a great way of up dating this classic. I’m still not sure about the chocolate and cherry combo, too many hideous 70s slices served in restaurants I think! GG

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      Choclette
      11th August 2015

      Oh weren’t they awful GG? I think that’s why I was never keen to make it. But this is really good and the cherries and chocolate are quite delicious.

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    Made With Pink
    11th August 2015

    What a fantastic black forest cake. I love the thick layer of cream in the centre! And the hint of chilli is most definitely something I’ve never seen before. Thanks so much for sharing my black forest cake.

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      Choclette
      11th August 2015

      Thank you. I’m rather hoping it’s another first. I sort of have this wishful, but erroneous belief that I’m something of a pioneer πŸ˜‰

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    Mummy Vs Work
    11th August 2015

    Wow this sounds delicious and what a clever idea to add extra to the cream too… yummy!

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    Dom
    12th August 2015

    Wow. I feel honoured that you’ve linked this incredible cake into Simply Eggcellent. It’s such a beauty. I too have never made a BFG but I have to make a chocolate cake this weekend for the local village show and I’m sorely tempted to do one. Lovely stuff!!

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      Choclette
      12th August 2015

      Oh yes, wow them with a BFG Dom – how could they resist such an offering?

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      Choclette
      13th August 2015

      Why it’s taken chilli so long to get into chocolate here in the UK, I’ll never know Bintu.

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    HELEN
    12th August 2015

    I don’t think I’ve ever made one before either, and have been wondering the same. That looks so good, and it would go down very well with a cuppa right now!

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      Choclette
      13th August 2015

      Thanks Helen. It took me such a long time to make one and now I have, I want to do it all over again πŸ˜‰

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    Susan
    12th August 2015

    I took one look at the photo of this cake and flashed back to bakery windows in the Black Forest villages … it’s a beauty and you’ve done the traditional cake justice, even with the twist on the chocolate! Just knew folks would be drooling over this one! Awesome job!

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      Choclette
      13th August 2015

      Thank you so much Susan, you always say the nicest things. I’ve never been to Germany nor experienced their famous gateaux.

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    THE HUNGRY MUM
    14th August 2015

    what a gorge cake! I made one a while back, which I need to blog, but it is nowhere near as stunning as yours.

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      Choclette
      14th August 2015

      Thank you. Do let me know when you’ve posted yours a I’d be interested to see how you made it. There seem to be soooooo many recipes.

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      Choclette
      16th August 2015

      Haha, likewise Kerry. This was the first one I’ve ever really enjoyed.

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    23rd August 2015

    I think the Black Forest Gateaux is in for a welcome revival. It is a great combination of flavours and I have always loved it! I made some amazing BFG filled cupcakes a year or two back and they were amazing!
    Loving the addition of chilli here xx

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      Choclette
      24th August 2015

      Thanks Kate. Cherries and chilli were not an obvious pairing, but as soon as I saw the chocolate, I knew it had to be. This is one for you too as it’s GF. Take it you are back from your hols. Hope you had a wonderful time.

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