Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cherry Cake)

Course : German
Serves: 8
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Ingredients:

-----cake-----
6 large eggs
4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate*
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour -- sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-----syrup-----
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons kirsch
1/3 cup water
-----filling-----
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 large egg yolk
1/3 cup butter -- unsalted
2 tablespoons kirsch liqueur
-----topping-----
2 cups sour cherries; canned -- drain
1 cup cream; heavy -- whipped
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
8 ounces semisweet chocolate bar -- (1)
 

Preparation / Directions:

* There should be 4 squares of chocolate and it should be melted. CAKE: Beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla together until thick and fluffy, about 10 minutes. Alternately fold chocolate and flour into the egg mixture, ending with flour. Pour the batter into 3 8-inch cake pans that have been well greased and floured. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans for 5 minutes; turn out on racks to cool completely. SYRUP: Make syrup by mixing together sugar and water and boiling for 5 minutes. When syrup has cooled, stir in kirsch. Prick the cake layers and pour syrup over all 3 layers. FILLING: To make the butter-cream filling, beat together sugar and butter until well blended. Add egg yolk; beat until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Fold in Kirsch. CAKE ASSEMBLY: To assemble cake, place 1 layer on a cake plate. Spread with butter cream filling. Using 3/4 cup of the cherries, which have been patted dry, drop cherries evenly over cream. Place second layer on cake. Repeat. Place third layer on top. Fold 2 T confectioners' sugar into the whipped cream. Cover the sides and top of the cake with whipped cream. Decorate top of cake with remaining 1/2 cup cherries. To make chocolate curls from chocolate bar, shave (at room temperature) with a vegetable peeler. Refrigerate curls until ready to use. Press chocolate curls on sides of cake and sprinkle a few on the top. Chill until serving time


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