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Naked black forest gateau

Velvety chocolate cake layered with thick cream and juicy cherries – iconic with a modern twist

Velvety chocolate cake layered with thick cream and juicy cherries – iconic with a modern twist

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Cooking Time

Cook: 45 Mins

Cooking Time

Serves: 30

Cooking Time

Price: 44p per serving

Nutritional Information

Each 85g serving contains

Energy
1175kj
281kcal
14%
Fat
18.7g
High
27%
Saturates
11.3g
High
57%
Sugars
16.1g
Med
18%
Salt
0.27g
Med
5%
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g:
1382kj/330kcal

Ingredients

For the cake

350g softened butter, plus extra for greasing

350g caster sugar

6 eggs

250g self-raising flour

100g cocoa powder

60ml milk

For the filling

350g pack Frozen for Freshness Morello Cherries

100ml Bols Cherry Brandy Liqueur

To decorate

400ml double cream

2tbsp icing sugar

200g fresh cherries

Method

1
Soak the cherries in the liqueur for at least 1 hr – or ideally overnight.
2
Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Grease and line 3 x 20cm cake tins. Beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy, then whisk in the eggs, one by one. If the mixture looks as if it has split, add 1-2tsp of the flour as you go.
3
Fold in the flour and cocoa, and stir in the milk. Divide the mixture between the 3 tins. Bake for 25 mins – a skewer inserted in the sponges should come out clean. Cool for 5 mins in the tins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
4
Just before serving, whip the cream and icing sugar until it just comes together in very soft peaks. Don’t overwhip or it will become grainy. Strain the soaked cherries, reserving the brandy.
5
Place one of the sponges on a cake stand. Drizzle with one third of the brandy then spread one third of the whipped cream right to the edges. Dot with half of the soaked cherries, then add another sponge. Repeat with the brandy, cream and remaining soaked cherries, then add the final sponge. Drizzle with the remaining brandy, then spread the top with the cream and, using a large spatula, scrape around the sides until smooth.
6
Decorate with the fresh cherries. Serve immediately or chill until required.