Black forest gateau - recipe

Black forest gateau

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  1. 1

    Heat oven to 170°C (fan 150°C, gas mark 3). Lightly grease 3 x 20cm (8in) x 4cm (1½in) deep cake tins, and line the bases with baking paper.

  2. 2

    For the cake layers, place the softened butter and caster sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until the mixture is pale and creamy.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 250g Butter (unsalted) at room temperature
    • 250g Unrefined golden caster sugar
  3. 3

    Gradually beat in the eggs a little at a time until smooth, adding a little flour if the mixture curdles.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 5 Egg(s) (free range) large
  4. 4

    Stir in the flour, baking powder and cocoa until smooth. The mixture should be of a soft, dropping consistency when the spoon is tapped on the side of the bowl. If it seems too thick, add a couple of tablespoons of milk and mix well.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 200g Self-raising white flour
    • 50g Cocoa powder sifted
    • 1tsp Baking powder
    • 2 tbsp Milk
  5. 5

    Divide the mixture evenly among the three tins, level it out with a palette knife and bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes. The cakes should be golden brown and spring back when touched in the centre with your finger.

  6. 6

    Remove the cakes from the oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Carefully peel off the base paper and leave the sponges to get completely cold.

  7. 7

    For the filling: whisk the cream until thickened. Sift in the icing sugar and 2 tbsp kirsch and whisk until thick. Sprinkle the cake layers with the remaining kirsch.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 500g Double cream
    • 2 tbsp Icing sugar
    • 120ml Kirsch
  8. 8

    Spread half the jam over the lower layer, then half the cream. Place the second layer of cake on top and repeat with most of the remaining jam and all the cream.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 300g Jam black cherry
  9. 9

    Lay the top layer of cake in place and spread with a thin layer of jam. Sprinkle with grated chocolate and place the cherries on top

    For this step you'll need:

    • 4 tbsp Dark chocolate grated
    • 3 Cherries tied with ribbon

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