Black Forest gâteau

Black Forest gâteau

Black Forest gâteau

  • Dessert
  • medium
  • 4
  • 1 hour 45 minutes, plus freezing time

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1
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
2
Cream the butter and sugar in a mixer fitted with a paddle for 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, making sure to incorporate each one before adding the next
  • 155g of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 420g of caster sugar
  • 8 eggs, at room temperature
3
Add the cocoa powder in 3 or 4 additions, then mix until fully incorporated, making sure to scrape the sides every so often
  • 130g of cocoa powder
4
Line two 25x35cm trays with baking paper and spread the mixture to a thickness of 1.5cm. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the sponge springs back when lightly pressed. Leave to cool on a wire rack
5
Once cool cut with a 16cm ring to give 4 cakes
6
For the Kirsch mousse, soak the gelatine in the water and leave to soften for 10-20 minutes
  • 1 sheet of gelatine
  • 1 tbsp of water
7
Melt the milk chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water
  • 120g of milk chocolate
  • 74ml of whole milk
  • 1 pinch of salt
8
In a pan, heat the milk and add a pinch of salt. Once boiling, remove the pan from the heat. Add the softened gelatine, along with the water it was soaked in to the hot milk and stir to dissolve
9
Pour the hot milk into the melted chocolate in 3 or 4 additions, working with a rubber spatula to ensure a smooth paste. After adding all the milk, use a stick blender to emulsify the mixture for 2 minutes, it should be very thick
10
Leave the chocolate mixture to cool to room temperature and whip together the Kirsch and double cream to soft peaks
  • 70ml of double cream
  • 1/2 tbsp of kirsch
11
Fold the cream into the chocolate to give a smooth mousse
12
To build the gateau place the 16cm ring on a tray lined with baking paper. Put a layer of sponge into the ring and spread with a layer of mousse, repeat this twice more and finish with a final layer of sponge. If the mousse starts to get to warm transfer to the fridge for 10 minutes to firm up
13
Place the gateau in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to chill
14
For the glaze, soak the gelatine in 80ml of water and leave to soften for 15-20 minutes
  • 8 sheets of gelatine
  • 80ml of water
15
Heat the cream, adding the sugar and second measurement of water. Boil for 2 minutes
  • 280ml of whipping cream
  • 400g of caster sugar
  • 80ml of water
16
Remove from the heat and add both the soaked gelatine (including the water) and the cocoa powder
  • 140g of cocoa powder
17
Use a stick blender to blitz until smooth and shiny. Leave to cool to room temperature
18
Melt the extra 50g of chocolate and brush the bottom of the frozen cake to seal - this will stop it from sticking to the plate, return to the freezer
19
To glaze the cake transfer it to a wire rack and carefully remove the metal ring. Liberally ladle the glaze over the cake from a height in order to get an even covering then transfer to the fridge to set
20
Garnish the surface with cherries and allow a couple of hours to thaw
  • 12 pitted cherries

Ingredients

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Flourless cocoa cake

Kirsch milk chocolate mousse

Dark mirror glaze

Garnish

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