I have known that Amul whipping cream cannot be whipped to stiff peaks and yet I was okay with how it came out this time. I am actually terrible at whipping a cream and believe me, whipping non-dairy cream is so very easy compared to whipping the dairy cream (fat should be above 35%). I never really got around to whipping a dairy cream to stiff peaks ever.
Anyway, I have reduced a little bit of calories by sprinkling and covering this black forest cake with crumbled chocolate cake and not chocolate shavings. Also, the cake is Egg-less and butter-less and you can see in the pictures how spongy the cake has come out. I was pretty impressed with this cake and how it tasted so chocolatey, creamy and juicy. I am no expert in making cakes but was overwhelmed when my DH said that he would like to eat the cakes that are homemade from now on and not want to taste the store bought ones ever again! What other gift would you want for your 5th Marriage anniversary from your DH?
I could not take any pictures of the slice of the cake once it was cut since we both were busy demolishing it and I did not even think of giving my DH to finish it off without me. I did take a clumsy picture of the side of the cake after it was half eaten and I have posted it above to show you the view. The cake is easy to make, perfect for any celebration and I am also planning to bake something similar to my daughter's first birthday. If at all you gave a try with this cake and liked how it tasted, do send me a picture so that I can enjoy it too.. I will be waiting!
|Nutritional Information (Approx) (per serving)|
|Canned Cherries||1 cup with syrup|
|Plain flour||2 cups|
|Cocoa powder||1/4 cup|
|Baking soda||1/2 teaspoon|
|Olive oil||3/4 cup|
|Vanilla extract (Divided)||2 teaspoons|
|Lemon juice||1 teaspoon|
|Brown Sugar/Sugar||1 & 1/2 cup|
|Whipping cream||1 cup|
|Icing sugar||1/2 cup|
If your cake breaks on top, cut the top part so that it is even. Make sure the cake is cooled completely before cutting the cake into equal halves.
Now, pour the whipping cream on the bowl and whip in medium-high speed for about 4 minutes till the soft peaks start to form. Then add Vanilla extract and icing sugar and whip.
Crumble the cut cake top that was broken and this step is optional. Skip this step if you will cover the cake with chocolate shavings.
Arrange few rectangular butter sheets or aluminum foil around the plate you are going to keep the cake in, as shown in the picture.
Spread about 2 tablespoons of whipped cream and top it with the cut cherries evenly.
Spread the whipped cream evenly as much as you can cover.
Decorate the cake using a piping bag with the left over whipped cream and top it with cherries. Refrigerate it for about 2 hours before serving.
*To prevent the cake from cracking on top, cover the side of baking pan with a wet towel cloth (the step that I forgot to do)
* I covered a square piece of cardboard with aluminum foil and used it to keep the cake instead of plate.
* The cake looks even if it is placed upside down while assembling.