Black Forest Cake

For the cake:

200 gms butter
200 gms sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla flavour
1/2 cup buttermilk
150 gms cake flour
50 gms cocoa pd ( a good quality one- I use Fry's or Hershey)
1 1/4 tsp baking pd

Prepare your 8 inch cake pan by greasing it and lightly dust with flour. Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Sift flour, cocoa pd and baking pd.

Beat butter and sugar till light and fluffy, add eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition. Add vanilla flavour and buttermilk, mix well and add half the flour, mix lightly and add the other half. Run the beater on low till the batter is well combined. Pour into the cake pan and bake on the centre shelf for 30-35 mins or till the cake springs up back after patting lightly.

Filling and Frosting
500 mls whipping cream ( I like Neilson, it stays well up)
1/2 cup icing sugar

Strawberries- about 8-10  whole and about 12 -chop

Beat the whipping cream well till it forms peaks, Add icing sugar  and continue whipping for about 2 mins or till you see firm peaks forming.

Assembling

1/2 cup of prepared coffee.
Chopped or sliced chocolate- can be milk or dark- choice is yours!

Torte the cake and with a tablespoon sprinkle coffee on the half of the cake. Spoon whipping cream on it and evenly spread the chopped strawberries. Slide the top part of the cake on the cream and strawberry layer. Sprinkle coffee on it and let it rest in the refrigerator for about half hour, refrigerate the whipped cream too. Remove from the fridge and frost the cake with the remaining whipped cream. Sprinkle the chocolate on top and the sides, pipe swirls on top and garnish with whole strawberries. Refrigerate till ready to serve.

Troubleshooting

Here you'll see some of my shortcoming and it still tastes heavenly!

1) the whipping cream I used is different from Neilson and it melted as soon as I put it on the cake ( even though the cake was from the fridge) so to make it firm I added 1 tablespoon of cornflour.
2) The chocolate I used is Hershey's milk chipits because my family wanted chunky chocolate bits! Believe me it's a whole layer of chocolate buried under the top frosting...

Enjoy!




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