Biergarten: Black Forest Cake
The Biergarten Black Forest Cake is a popular dessert choice from the assortment of pastries, cakes and pies. While this is an all-you-care-to-enjoy dining experience, you may find yourself back at the dessert area for more Black Forest Cake! This traditional and delicious German dessert boasts layers of flavor.
Biergarten Black Forest Cake
- chocolate devil's food cake
- 1 qt heavy cream
- ½ c powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp gelatin
- 1 c water
- ¾ c sour cherry juice
- 2 tbsp Kirschwasser cherry brandy
- 12 oz canned sour cherries
- 3 c chocolate shavings
Cut the prepared devil’s food cake into three equal layers.
Mix together the sour cherry juice and Kirschwasser.
In a separate container, dissolve the gelatin into the water and place in a double boiler until the mixture becomes clear. Let cool, but do not let set.
Add the powdered sugar together with the heavy cream in a mixer, whip until soft peaks. With the mixer running on slow, gradually add the dissolved gelatin mixture to the whipped cream.
In a 10″ springform pan place one of the three layers of the cake in the bottom of the pan. Brush the cake evenly with the cherry juice mixture.
Spoon the whipped cream on the cake layer, just thick enough to evenly cover cake layer. Then place cherries on top of the whipped cream. Cover cherries with whipped cream, although the cherries should still be visible.
Place the next layer of cake on top. Brush the cake evenly again with the cherry juice mixture. Spoon another layer of the whipped cream on the cake layer, just thick enough to evenly cover cake layer.
Place the last layer of the cake on top. This should be the top of the devil’s food cake. Make sure you place this layer upside down to ensure the cake will be even. Again brush the cake with the cherry juice mixture. Then spoon another layer of the whipped cream on top. The whipped cream should be even with the top of the pan. Make sure to smooth out this layer of the whipped cream with a cake spatula.
Place in a refrigerator until the cake sets. Also place any remaining whipped cream in the refrigerator to be used later to garnish the cake.
Once the cake has set, place a warm cloth around the pan to prevent it from sticking to the pan. Rewhip the remaining whipped cream. With a cake spatula, spread an even layer of the whipped cream around the cake and place half of the chocolate shavings around the cake. Make sure you cover any open spots around the cake. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate shavings on top of the cake.
Black Forest Cake is not named directly after the Black Forest, but rather the specialty liquor that comes from the area – Schwarzwälder Kirsch(wasser) that is distilled from tart cherries.
Next time you are preparing a dinner or are just looking to add a touch of Disney magic to your evening – try making one of these decadent and tasty Black Forest Cakes from The Biergarten!
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