Black Forest cake. Valentine’s day special .

Blog Photos 031Valentine’s day celebration does not belong to Indian culture but recent years we are seeing the celebrations reaching peak . In my house eating out was something a ritual like nothing romantic which means we wanted to be in the mood with others but not really. Since we have plenty of celebration this was one more day. i had book marked Nestle milk maid ‘s Black forest cake recipe and was thinking for a reason to do this Some how Valentine’s day came out and so i sprung from lethargy as all bloggers have already posted some special for this day. As my husband too is leaving to Mauritius tomorrow i was busy making some instant powders for him(my valentine’s day gift). So along that i made this. Quite easy recipe and waiting for my Husband to cut the cake.Yes and now i got the mood to create lovable moments in life we do not need any reasons or celebrations , our innovations and spirit is enough. As i do not have big round cake pan i opted for a rectangular one . Hope this day brings all of you the love we all yearn for.

BLACK FOREST CAKE (Recipe courtesy Nestle Milkmaid India )

Preparation time: 30-35 mins
Baking time: 1 hr
Serves: 10

Ingredients :
MILKMAID Sweetened Condensed Milk 1 tin (400g)
NESTLĒ Classic Milk Chocolate 1 (50g)
Butter 100g
Maida or Plain Flour 175g (1¾ cup)
Cocoa 3-4 heaped tbsp (25g)
Baking Powder 1 tsp
Soda Bicarbonate 1 tsp
Vanilla Essence 1 tsp
Aerated soda 1-1/3 cups (200ml)
Tinned Cherries 1 small tin
Cream 200g
Icing Sugar/Powdered Sugar 2 tsp

Method :

1. Grease an 8” diameter baking tin and dust it with flour. Pre heat the oven to 1800 C. Sieve together maida, cocoa powder, baking powder and soda bicarbonate. Soften butter (DO NOT MELT), add MILKMAID and beat well. Add the vanilla essence.

2. Add maida mixture and aerated soda alternately to the batter till all the maida and soda are used up. Pour the batter into the baking tin and bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or till the tooth pick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven, cool for a while. Loosen sides of cake, using a knife if necessary. Turnout over a wire rack or plate and cool slightly before cutting horizontally into 2.

3. Drain & destone cherries, soak both cake halves with cherry syrup. Whip cream and sugar till light and fluffy, Sandwich the two layers of cake with whipped cream and chopped cherries. Top with whipped cream and cherries, sprinkle generously with grated chocolate. Chill and serve.

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