Monday, 3 October 2011

Poor Man's Black Forest Gateaux for Fi's Birthday!!

Vagina Monologues Tour is into week 3 and going really well - Great Audiences and having fun with the girls!! It was Fi's (our stage manager) birthday and I promised a cake.
Only had one day off and decided to make a cake with ingredients I could find in the cupboard. Fi requested chocolate so I made a chocolate cake with kirsch cream and black cherry jam - a poor man's Black Forest Gateau!!

250g butter
250g caster sugar
4 eggs
50g good quality cocoa powder
200g self raising flour

black cherry jam
300ml double cream
dessertspoon caster sugar
dessertspoon kirsch

icing sugar
cocoa powder
dark chocolate for grating

Preheat oven to 180 o C
Cream butter and sugar together, beat in the eggs. Sift in cocoa and flour and fold in.
Split between two greased cake tins (line the bottoms with parchment paper)and bake for 15-20 mins.

Allow to cool.
Whip cream with kirsch and sugar. Split the sponges in half and spread, liberally with jam and put together again. Sandwich the two sponges together with the cream.
Make up icing and cover , then grate choc over the top.

It lasted about 5 minutes!!