Happy Birthday Son...we always so proud of you!
All our love,
Mom & Dad
Today is our son's 19th birthday. I made his favorite "Pot Au Feu" serve with cornichons, sea salt, and three different type of mustard. Delicious! And for dessert? Well, I always make dacquoise for every birthday in my family, but we had dacquoise two month in a row already (one for his dad's birthday in November, and the other one was for the "Daring Baker's December challenge), so my son requested a Black Forest gateau instead.
Black Forest Gateau
1 stick butter, softened at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
⅓ cup self-raising flour
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ cup cocoa powder
pinch of salt
¾ cup buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 350⁰F.
- Buttered and lined 8" round cake pan with parchment paper. Sift self-raising flour, flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, and the salt into a bowl. Set aside.
- Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and creamy, add egg one at a time. Beating well after each addition.
- Fold ⅓ of the flour-cocoa mixture with large rubber spatula alternately with ½ of buttermilk. Repeat with another ⅓ flour-cocoa mixture, remaining buttermilk. Beginning and and end with flour-cocoa mixture.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until tooth pick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Cool completely
3 cups heavy cream, whipped
14 oz (jar) pitted morello, or black cherries
- Cut the cake into three layers using long serrated knife.
- Place one layer of cake onto a serving plate, brush with kirsch, spread with whipped cream (about one fifth), and top with half of the cherries. Repeat with the remaining layer, finishing with the cream on top and on the side of the cake.
- Coat the cake with chocolate shaving.
To make the chocolate shaving:
Leave the chocolate (about 6 - 7 oz good quality dark chocolate) at room temperature, to softened a little bit. Using vegetable peeler, shave curls of chocolate from the side of the block on a parchment paper.
Happy new year everyone,
I wish you all the best of luck!