Inspired by Black Forest torte, this rich chocolate cake is served with Bing cherries, which are macerated with Kirsch (a cherry liqueur) and sugar, and a voluminous dollop of whipped cream.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 300 degrees. Butter and sugar an 8-inch springform pan, and set aside.

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  • Chop chocolate into small pieces, and place in a double boiler or heatproof bowl with the butter. Place over a pan of barely simmering water, and stir occasionally until completely melted. Remove from heat, and set aside.

  • Place 3 yolks, whole egg, salt, and 2/3 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium high until thick and pale yellow, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl.

  • Wash mixer bowl and whisk; add the 6 egg whites and 1/3 cup sugar to the clean bowl. Whisk until mixture is stiff and shiny, about 4 minutes.

  • Pour chocolate mixture into the egg-yolk mixture, and fold together. Gently fold in egg-white mixture until just combined. Pour into prepared pan, and bake until cake has risen quite high and top has begun to crack, about 1 hour 10 minutes. The center of cake should be set but not at all dry. Allow to cool completely on rack, then remove sides of pan.

  • Cut each cherry in half by running the tip of a paring knife around each, starting at the stem. Gently twist cherries to separate halves, and carefully remove pits. Place cherries and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in medium skillet set over medium heat. Cook until sugar is dissolved and cherries release their juice, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat, add kirsch, and transfer carefully back to heat. Allow to cook until liquid is slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.

  • In a medium bowl, whip cream to soft peaks. Serve chocolate cake with warm cherry mixture and a dollop of whipped cream.

Cook's Notes

Made in a springform pan, the cake is meant to rise quite high in the oven and then sink back down once it's been removed.

Reviews (2)

25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: Unrated
05/18/2010
its great
Rating: Unrated
01/12/2008
Going to the store for the ingredients today. I can't wait to taste it. When living in Calif. we used to go to one specila restaurant that served "Black Forest Cake" and loved it. Now we live in Texas -- that tells it all.