The Double Chocolate Black Forest Cake is a dessert that combines rich, decadent chocolate flavors with the fruity and slightly tart taste of cherries. It’s a perfect treat for those who crave a harmonious blend of different tastes and textures. Let’s dive into how to make this exquisite dessert.
Ingredients You’ll Need
For the Chocolate Cake:
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup soured milk (add a tablespoon of lemon juice or plain vinegar to a cup of milk)
- 1 cup black coffee
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the Whipped Chocolate Ganache:
- 3 cups dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup whipping cream, slightly warmed first
- 2 cups whipping cream
For the Vanilla Whipped Cream:
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 4 rounded tbsp icing sugar (powdered sugar)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
You will also need:
- 1 pound ripe fresh cherries, pitted
- 1 cup chopped chocolate for garnish
To Prepare the Chocolate Cake:
- In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients for the chocolate cake.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the mixture for about 2 minutes until well combined.
- Pour the batter into two greased and floured 9-inch cake pans (you can also dust them with cocoa).
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Allow the cakes to cool completely on a wire rack.
To Prepare the Whipped Ganache:
- Melt the 3 cups of dark chocolate chips in a double boiler.
- Stir constantly over a gentle simmer until the chocolate is melted and smooth. It should be lukewarm to the touch; avoid overheating.
- Transfer the melted chocolate to a large mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whip the 2 cups of whipping cream to firm peaks.
- Add the whipped cream to the chocolate mixture in four portions, folding gently after each addition until fully incorporated.
- If the frosting is too soft to work with, chill it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, giving it a quick fold every 10 minutes for even cooling.
To Prepare the Vanilla Whipped Cream:
- Whip together the whipping cream, icing sugar, and vanilla extract until you achieve firm peaks.
To Construct The Cake:
- Use a sharp serrated bread knife to split the two layers of cake into four.
- Place the first layer of cake onto a cake plate and cover it with a bit of vanilla whipped cream, followed by the next layer of cake.
- Spread a thin layer of the whipped chocolate ganache on this layer.
- Add a layer of pitted cherries on top, followed by more whipped ganache to completely cover the cherries.
- Add the next layer of cake, more of the vanilla whipped cream, and the final layer of cake.
- Frost the entire outside of the cake with the remaining whipped ganache frosting.
- Place another layer of pitted cherries on top of the cake.
- Garnish with borders of vanilla whipped cream and chopped chocolate on the sides.
Enjoy Your Double Chocolate Black Forest Cake
Your Double Chocolate Black Forest Cake is now ready to be devoured. It’s a heavenly creation with layers of chocolatey goodness and bursts of cherry sweetness. Whether it’s a special occasion or a craving for a delightful dessert, this cake is bound to satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you craving for more!