National Chocolate Week | Creating A Black Forest Gateau With Opies* Black Cherries with Kirsch.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Hello! Great to have you back, thanks so much for coming to check out this, my 6th post for National Chocolate Week! It's been been a busy one, what with brownies, cookie cupcakes, chocolate chip cupcakes, chocolate and oat cookies, chocolate cakes.....I hope you've enjoyed seeing what I have been creating for you! Today I bring you a Black Forest Gateau so sit back, grab yourself a cuppa tea and continue reading! 

Black Forest Gateau, something which used to be a dinner party stable back in the 70s. It is generally a multi-layered cake, usually consisting of 4 layers of chocolate sponge, cherries and whipped cream. Kirschwasser (cherry schnapps) is used to flavour the whipped cream, this is also applied to the bottom layers to provide flavour and moisture. It is a German cake which is named after its brandy and was believed to have originated in the late 16th century when chocolate was first integrated into cookies and cakes. 

I have never really been a fan of anything containing black cherries or liqueur it's just always been something which hasn't agreed with my palate so I have made this cake for my Dad to enjoy as he will enjoy it more than I will! It was fun to make as all I really did to turn it from a traditional chocolate cake into a Black Forest was add some of the kirsch to the cream, moistening the bottoms of the cakes with it and then add on the cherries! Simples and with Opies handy jar all ready to go, it really makes creating such a cake really effortless and so easy for everyone! 

Opies are a family business which has been making a supplying quality food since 1880. Their purpose is simple, making quality products which families use time and again to delight their friends with. They only ever use British fruit in their compotes and only ever hand pickle walnuts, ensuring they never disappoint whenever a jar is opened. I love supporting British businesses so it's great to find one as great as Opies which still ensures manufacturing and jobs are kept in the UK. After all, we have the best fruit so it makes sense we get to enjoy it all!

To make the chocolate cake I simply followed the same Victoria Sandwich cake recipe which I use so often I don't even need to look at it anymore! I've even made it in the outback of Australia, without an oven! It's simple to remember: 6-6-6 (Self-raising flour, sugar & margarine), 3 eggs, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Adding in 50g of my Aduna Super Cacao Powder to make it chocolate! It really is such a simple recipe and can be the base for many cakes without over-complicating things. This is why I chose it as the base for my Black Forest Gateau. 

I whipped up some cream, adding in a few spoonfuls of the kirsch and whipping again. I didn't overwhip it because it's always easier to thicken than to try to loosen trust me! As I don't like kirsch I didn't taste it to see if I had the amount right so I couldn't tell if it needed any more or was just right; I know chefs are supposed to taste everything they make but I was making this for my Dad so I'm sure he'll not worry about something so trivial! In fact I can guarantee he'll say it could have done with some more! 

Once the cakes were cooled and out of their tins, I spooned over more kirsch so it soaked into them to really get that flavour in there. I added the cream and popped on the cherries around the outside before placing the other half on top and sprinkling with icing sugar. I literally then put the cherries on top of the cake! As you can see it turned out pretty well! 

Opies say about their Black Cherries with Kirsch: 

" We take the finest cherries and steep them in a delicious syrup enhanced with Kirsch - a delicious cherry brandy, together they create a perfect union of taste with more than a hint of indulgence. Perfect for making a Black Forest Gateau really special. Simply add to ice cream or cream, drizzle over meringue or just eat as they are." (Source)

Available from Ocado, Tesco and Waitrose. 

I have loved baking with Opies, they really do make it so easy to create something eye-catching and delicious. When cooking or baking, time can either be your friend or your enemy, so having something like this in the cupboard means that a pudding is never far away!

Please let me know if you decide to make this cake I would love to see your pictures! 

Come back tomorrow for my final instalment for National Chocolate Week which includes a giveaway!! 

Love, Sarah

*Thanks to Opies Foods for sending out this jar for me to experiment with! All opinions my own 

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